Digi-Key Announces Stock on Hirose's IT3 Series Connectors

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - February 2, 2010

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has stock on Hirose Electric's IT3 Series of high-speed modular mezzanine connectors.

These connectors are now available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

Providing network and telecommunications design engineers an advanced modular connection system that delivers high-speed performances with a more flexible and reliable method of assembly, the IT3 Series connector system represents advancement over two-piece mezzanine connector designs by providing two board-mounted receptacles of the same low profile and a variable height interposer to accommodate different board spacing requirements.

Hirose's IT3 Mezzanine Connector system features a three-piece modular design consisting of two low profile receptacles mounted to each parallel PC board with BGA solder balls mounted in a staggering array of 1.5 mm by 1.75 mm pitch. The floating interposer module connects the two mounted receptacles and reduces the possibility of mechanical damage to the BGA joints. Compatible with industry standard footprints, the IT3 Series connector system is currently available in 100-, 200-, and 300-position modules with interposers for board stack heights from 15 mm to 40 mm.

The IT3 Series connectors are rated at 50 ohm single ended impedance and 100 ohm differential impedance. BGA solder balls are available in standard eutectic tin-lead (Sn63-Pb37) or lead-free (Sn-Ag3.0-Cu0.5). IT3 Series connectors are qualified to EIA-364-1000 for environmental performance and IPC-9701 for long-term joint reliability.

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.

About Hirose Electric

Hirose Electric Co., Ltd. is a leading global supplier of innovative interconnect solutions with 2007 sales of US$1.2 billion to customers worldwide. Hirose employs advanced engineering services, superior customer support and worldwide manufacturing capabilities to provide value-based connector solutions for various industries, including telecommunication, consumer electronics, computer and automotive. More information can be found on Hirose Electric at www.hirose.com.