Established in 1977, Karin is a diversified and value-added electronic components, IC software and IT infrastructure solutions provider with operations in Hong Kong and the PRC. The Group has three core business segments: - Components Distribution, IC Application Design and IT Infrastructure.
- Under its Components Distribution business, the Group distributes and trades a wide range of electronic components, industrial materials and components such as ICs, connectors, semi-conductors, cables and power semi-conductors.
- For its IC Application Design segment, the Group provides value-added services such as the customization of IC software application design solutions for performing specific functions such as voice articulation, power reduction, speed control as well as alpha numeric display as required by its customers. These functions are commonly required for the production of a wide range of products such as educational toys, musical instruments, keyboard controllers, LCD controllers, speech controllers and remote controllers.
The Group is also pro-active in generating demand for the components under its distributorship. Through partnerships with customers and suppliers, the Group develops prototypes, reference designs (for electronic circuit designs used in final product designs) and development kits (which include hardware and software platforms to test, develop, modify and improve product design). In addition, the Group also provides technical advisory services to its customers in relation to product designs to improve the functionality of their products.
- The Group's IT Infrastructure segment provides computer data storage management solutions such as Storage Area Network ("SAN"), Network Attached Storage ("NAS") and Direct Attached Storage ("DAS"). These solutions provide the Group's customers with reliable, efficient and secured environments to control and administer data processing within their internal network. These solutions include computer data storage management software, backup automation software, online data replication software, data security management software and other computer products such as desktop and notebook computers, monitors and printers.
The Group has been an authorized distributor for Compaq options products and Compaq storage management solutions in Hong Kong since 1996 and 1999 respectively. In 2002, the Group was appointed by Sun Microsystems as an iForce System Provider and Local Strategic Provider for the distribution of their computer products and solutions. The Group also has distributorship arrangements with leading corporations such as EMC (Benelux) B.V., S.à.r.l, Nokia, Inc. and BEA Systems HK Limited.