Optichron and Digi-Key Sign Worldwide Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 3, 2005

Optichron, Inc., a technology pioneer in nonlinear signal processing, and Digi-Key Corporation, a leader in electronic component distribution, today announced that they have entered into an agreement for worldwide distribution of Optichron's complete lineup of analog-to-digital converter module products. Optichron's pioneering semiconductor products eliminate nonlinear distortion generated in analog-to-digital converters to improve performance, precision and efficiency in a broad range of communications, medical and industrial applications. Digi-Key sells globally and ships components to over 140 countries.

"Digi-Key has a reputation for providing deep customer support, and quick turn-around time from product inquiries through order fulfillment," said Ron Abruzzese, vice president of sales for Optichron. "Their proven commitment to excellent service, coupled with their drive to deliver leading-edge semiconductor products to a diversified global customer base, aligns perfectly with our market and channel strategies to offer our innovations across growing applications."

"As a worldwide distributor of semiconductor products, we look to partner with suppliers who are committed to building innovative, quality products that address customers' technology needs across a variety of dynamic markets," said Mark Larson, president and COO of Digi-Key Corporation. "We are pleased to have a worldwide franchise agreement with Optichron which will allow Digi-Key to fill both the design and production needs of our customers."

About Optichron

Optichron is a fabless semiconductor company that leverages its pioneering advancements in nonlinear signal processing to offer high-performance mixed-signal and communications products. The company's Linearizer IC family, based on the proprietary Turbolinear™ technology, corrects for nonlinear distortion generated in high-speed analog-to-digital converters. The company is currently engaged in developing other high- performance nonlinear signal processing applications and products.

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.