Germany, 2nd February 2011 – Semiconductor distributor Silica has announced the launch of a major growth program called Core ’n More, which provides a focus for the company’s comprehensive portfolio of microcontroller solutions, tools, software support and design-in services. “Core ’n More will help customers to build smarter applications with the industry’s widest microcontroller choice in the shortest time frame and with the best technical back-up resources,” explained Miguel Fernandez, President of Silica. “Silica’s microcontroller portfolio includes eight of the world’s top ten MCU manufacturers. We called the programme Core ’n More because it extends far beyond the distribution of Microcontroller components. Core ’n More also recognises our unrivalled ecosystem of design and software partners and our strong collaboration with ARM whose processor technology provides one of the most established, technically advanced building blocks for embedded designs.” The company holds distribution agreements for ARM-based silicon from leading suppliers such as Texas Instruments, NXP, Freescale, STMicroelectronics and Cypress. The Core ‘n More portfolio is completed by suppliers offering alternative cores such as Microchip, Renesas and Intel for high-end embedded applications.