Digi-Key Corporation and HI-TECH Software Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 18, 2008

Digi-Key Corporation and HI-TECH Software announced today that the companies have entered into a global agreement for the distribution of HI-TECH Software's development tools.

HI-TECH Software is a provider of development tools for embedded systems, offering compilers, RTOS, and an Eclipse-based IDE (HI-TIDE™) for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontroller and DSP chip architectures.

HI-TECH products stocked by Digi-Key are featured in its print and online catalogs and are available for purchase directly from Digi-Key.

"We are very pleased to add quality products from HI-TECH Software to Digi-Key's product offering," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key president and COO. "HI-TECH's innovative, user-friendly, and cost-effective development tools are sure to be of consequential interest and appeal to a wide range of Digi-Key customers."

Clyde Stubbs, HI-TECH Software CEO, said, "The team at HI-TECH Software is very excited about our new partnership with Digi-Key. With Digi-Key's commitment to providing their customers with superior service and quality products, we are confident that they will be an asset to our team."

About HI-TECH Software

HI-TECH Software is world-class provider of development tools for embedded systems, offering compilers, RTOS and an Eclipse based IDE (HI-TIDE) for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontroller and DSP chip architectures. HI-TECH Software's long-term relationships with the chip manufacturing industry leaders ensure that their products are aligned with new technology releases. This, coupled with outstanding customer service and technical support, ensures that developers are working with the industry's best development tools. Founded by Clyde Stubbs in1984 in Brisbane, Australia, HI-TECH Software has an extensive network of distributors around the globe.

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.