Avnet Abacus has extended its distribution agreement with Panasonic. The agreement now allows Avnet Abacus to include highly competitive RF and wireless module based products and technologies.Avnet Abacus is already an authorized distributor for Panasonic products throughout Europe, offering a broad range of its passive electronic components including capacitors, inductors, resistors, sensors and switches. This extension of the distribution agreement between the two companies enables Avnet Abacus customers to gain access to the full portfolio of RF modules from Panasonic, which covers all the latest communication protocols with ready-to-use modules for Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi.A major focus for Panasonic’s wireless connectivity solutions is to help companies shorten their development cycle and gain faster time-to-market. The time and software resources required for engineers to learn network communication protocol stacks and develop applications can be very expensive. However, the modules enable the building of wireless communications into designs – quickly and easily – without engineers requiring comprehensive know-how of wireless hardware and software design. Panasonic has also partnered with a number of software developers for all of the major RF network protocols, including Bluetooth, ISM and SNAP.Furthermore, designing in a pre-tested and certified RF module, rather than implementing a discrete wireless solution, enables the reduction of test and certification requirements and the overall cost of ownership for product development. In addition, long-term design stability can also be achieved as the Panasonic portfolio of RF modules has maintained consistent pin-out and footprint across several generations with the introduction of newer and more advanced microcontrollers.