CMP Media in online joint venture to serve electronics industry

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Manhasset, N.Y. -- CMP Media announced Tuesday a joint venture with Arrow Electronics, Avnet and Aspect Development to create an independent company called ChipCenter L.L.C. The new company will combine online information with e-commerce opportunities for original equipment manufacturers in the electronics industry. ChipCenter, which can be found at and is expected to be fully operational in the next three months, will provide electronics engineers and purchasers with information and commercial access to the inventory of Arrow and Avnet, the two largest franchised electronics components distributors in the world. ChipCenter also will provide access to inventories of other franchised distributors who are expected to sign up as fulfillment partners, the first of which is Marshall Industries.
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