THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - January 10, 2005
Eastman Kodak Company and Digi-Key Corporation have signed an exclusive distribution agreement, allowing Digi-Key to serve as an additional sales channel for Kodak's existing complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor portfolio. These products, which transitioned to Kodak with the acquisition of the Imaging group from National Semiconductor Corp., target automotive and industrial applications that are an important component of Kodak's growth strategy for CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices.
Kodak's current CIS devices leverage the power, integration and cost benefits of CMOS-based sensors. Customers interested in purchasing CIS devices from Kodak can now work directly with either Digi-Key or Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions sales team. Digi-Key will support Kodak's current CIS product line and associated development tools such as evaluation boards, and will sell these CIS products globally, except in Japan.
"In order to successfully and effectively take advantage of the growth opportunities available in the CMOS market, it was critical for Kodak to establish a sales channel that will allow us to meet customer demand," said Bill Jackson, VP of sales and marketing for Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions business. "Digi-Key's reputation as a leader in electronics distribution and their strong customer sales and support team makes them an ideal partner for Kodak. As a complement to our existing direct sales team, we are confident that Digi-Key will provide new ordering and support flexibility for our customers."
"Kodak is known as an imaging leader around the globe and we are pleased to become an exclusive distributor for its current CIS product portfolio," said Mark Larson, President of Digi-Key. "The use of CIS devices is growing in the industrial and automotive markets and we are very excited to be able to offer our global customers access to Kodak's advanced CMOS image sensors."
For more information, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Kodak's image sensor product line, visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.
About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of $12.9 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications Group, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems consisting of three wholly owned subsidiaries: Encad, Inc., NexPress Solutions, and Kodak Versamark; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.
About Digi-Key Corporation
Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.
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