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Avnet and Arduino Sign Global Distribution Agreement


Partnership creates new approach for chip-down design


PHOENIX  – Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers can now unlock faster innovation and bring forward modern product development processes under a new agreement combining the strength of Avnet’s design and distribution support and Arduino’s prolific embedded commercial control modules.


Avnet, a global technology distributor and solutions provider, and Arduino, one of the largest brands in embedded controls with a community of over 30 million developers worldwide, have entered into a global distribution agreement to strengthen the emerging trend of OEM customers leveraging modular components to accelerate product development resulting in lower engineering demand and quicker time to market.   


“Design engineers will be able to quickly move from initial prototype and preproduction to high volume designs through Arduino’s open-source software and open hardware design approach,” said Alex Iuorio, senior vice president, Supplier Development, Avnet. “Not every customer has the time, resources, or capability to perform a chip-down design, which often is a manual, hands-on process to design, engineer, prototype, source and produce. Using Arduino’s PRO product line offerings and Avnet’s support will greatly reduce time to market.”


“We see an engineering mega-trend moving away from chip-down design and a greater reliance on modules like the Arduino PRO boards,” said Arduino CEO Fabio Violante. “Our new global distribution agreement with Avnet will allow even more design engineers to be an early adopter of this trend.”


The Arduino PRO line of hardware and software enables businesses to quickly and securely develop and deploy commercial solutions within one familiar development platform, transferring the productivity that makers enjoyed with the Arduino for 15 years into refined technology transforming the business world.  


“Renesas is committed to leveraging the Arduino ecosystem to support the ongoing market transition to systems-on-module and sub-systems, not only for prototyping but for production,” said Chris Allexandre, CSMO of Renesas. “The agreement between Avnet and Arduino is a natural progression of the market transition and strengthens the strategic partnerships Renesas already enjoys with both Avnet and Arduino.”


About Arduino

Arduino is the global leader in open-source hardware and software, designed from inception to provide an accessible platform and ecosystem for creativity and innovation. With over 30 million developers worldwide, Arduino’s solutions offer a powerful answer to the talent shortage in engineering and break free from vendor lock-in with a robust line of open products. Learn more about Arduino at


About Avnet

As a leading global technology distributor and solutions provider, Avnet has served customers’ evolving needs for an entire century. We support customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle, from idea to design and from prototype to production. Our unique position at the center of the technology value chain enables us to accelerate the design and supply stages of product development so customers can realize revenue faster. Decade after decade, Avnet helps its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology. Learn more about Avnet at



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Lauren Levinson

Brodeur Partners, for Avnet



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