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In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
Digi-Key Corporation Announces Global Distribution Agreement with Cicoil

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Cicoil, an industry leader in the manufacture of flexible flat cable used in numerous commercial and military applications.

“Cicoil is very excited about becoming a supplier and partner with Digi-Key,” said Howard Lind, president and CEO of Cicoil. “Due to Digi-Key’s worldwide reach and exposure, Cicoil’s flexible cables will now be readily available to purchase online, for immediate shipment anywhere in the world. Everyone at Cicoil is very excited about the new partnership, and we look forward to a long, successful future with Digi-Key.”

Cicoil’s hyper-flexible cable/wire products can withstand harsh environmental factors such as extreme cold and extreme heat (-65°C to +260°C) and remain soft to the touch. Cicoil cables can also withstand medical or industrial chemicals and meet NASA or ESA outgassing requirements. This will give design engineer’s a new choice when needing a cable for harsh environments that will retain its flexibility. Cicoil cables can also be custom configured to include tubing, power, signal, and video in one jacketed cable.

“The commercial and military aerospace industries are an expanding market, and Cicoil is ideally placed to serve this area of growth,” said Tom Busher, vice president, global interconnect, passives, and electromechanical product at Digi-Key. “Cicoil’s rugged product provides a unique dimension to our line card and we are pleased to enter into this partnership.”

Cicoil has extensive engineering experience in specifying and designing cable assemblies. The company's engineers have custom designed thousands of custom cable assemblies, for a wide variety of environments and applications. Cicoil cables are also used in medical equipment, and in automated robotic process equipment, specifically where cables needed to survive tens of millions of flexing, repetitive cycles.

The full line of Cicoil products is currently available for purchase on Digi-Key’s global websites.

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 two million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers at

With over 790,000 products in stock, an impressive selection of online resources, and the logistical advantage of more than 800,000 square feet of expandable distribution space, Digi-Key continues to move forward, affirming its commitment to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers.

Digi-Key’s totally integrated, Internet-engaged business model, coupled with its industry-leading breadth of components available for immediate shipment anywhere in the world from a single location, clearly differentiates Digi-Key from all other distributors. Digi-Key offers customers a unique approach to a high-mix, low volume production business strategy by transferring much inventory risk and carrying costs from the customer to Digi-Key. From Prototype to Production®, Digi-Key has the components and resources necessary to grow your business to the next level.

Digi-Key’s online offerings and resources include: PTM® product training modules; TechZoneSM technology zones; Another Geek Moment videos; Digi-Key toolbar; PurchasingProSM for electronics buyers; TechXchangeSM; a Mobile and Social Center; the Scheme-it online schematic design tool; a Reference Design Library; and the Dynamic Catalog.

Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at

About Cicoil

Cicoil has been a leader in designing and manufacturing high performance flat cable assemblies for over fifty years. The company's unique silicone coated flat cables provide high flexibility, extremely long life, and they can withstand temperature extremes from -65 degrees to +260 degrees Celsius. Cicoil's flat cables are used in thousands of demanding applications; including aircraft fuel control cells, semiconductor automation, and the Space Shuttle. Cicoil designs and manufactures its cable and cable assemblies in an automated facility in Valencia, California. Cicoil's quality assurance system is certified to the ISO 9001 (AS9100) standard. Visit for more information.

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