Semitech Semiconductor today announced that it has signed eight distribution and rep agreements whereby, Alcom NV/SA Alcom BV, Aptech SARL, CODICO GmbH, JM Elektronik, Lusomatrix Lda, Maris Technologies Marketing Ltd, Matrix Electronica S.L. and Mikro Elektronik will offer Semitech's full line of smart grid semiconductor solutions. These partnerships, along with an existing partnership with Consystems in Italy and a Semitech sales office located in the United Kingdom, give Semitech sales and technical support coverage across all of Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

In order to deliver targeted support and customer service, each distributor partner will focus on key regions. CODICO GmbH, one of the most reputable specialist component demand creators in Europe, will support customers in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland and Ukraine. Mikro Elektronik will focus on Turkey and Egypt, Matrix Electronica S.L on Spain, Lusomatrix Lda on Portugal, JM Elektronik on Poland, Alcom Group on Netherlands and Belgium, Maris Technologies Marketing Ltd on Israel, and Aptech SARL on France, Tunisia and Morocco.

Europe is a leading market in the adoption of power line communications. Application areas include smart metering, street lighting, digital lighting, home and factory automation, gaming and vending machines, solar / wind generation and electric vehicle charging stations.

Leveraging its multi-frequency technologies, Semitech has developed the devices that enable the world's most reliable communications over power lines. According to Stewart Gebbie, EMEA sales director for Semitech, "Demand in Europe is strong for reliable power line communications solutions, including more advanced PLC OFDM communications devices. By expanding our sales and technical support functions across EMEA, Semitech is now able to work very closely with customers to enable next generation power line communications systems."

Due to harsh noise and variations in equipment and differing standards, communications over the power grid are difficult. Semitech uses modulation and signal processing technology that is adjustable in speed but also "frequency agile" to deliver highly robust and reliable communications.

"Narrowband power line communications are being widely adopted in Europe," noted Michael Froemel, vice president sales at CODICO. "Our customers require robust, reliable power line communications -- and Semitech's products enable us to meet these requirements."

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