Digi-Key Corporation Signs Global Distribution Deal with Packet Digital

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - April 4, 2012

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Packet Digital LLC today announced the two companies have signed an agreement in which Digi-Key will be a global distributor of Packet Digital products.

Packet Digital is an emerging world leader in the design, development, and marketing of advanced power management solutions for portable electronic devices and embedded systems. With its patented On-Demand Power® technology and PowerSage® integrated circuits, Packet Digital extends battery life in portable electronic devices, helping consumer electronics companies and branches of the military develop faster, smarter, smaller products.

"Power management is extremely important when designing and developing portable electronic devices and embedded systems," said Mark Zack, Digi-Key's Vice President of Semiconductors. "PowerSage's scalable, next generation approach to prolonged battery life addresses users' insatiable appetites for extended usage without recharging."

"Packet Digital is very excited to partner with industry leader Digi-Key to distribute our PowerSage integrated circuits worldwide," said Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital's COO.

"By taking a real-time systems approach to power management, Packet Digital has developed PowerSage, a family of intelligent integrated circuits that monitor entire systems and distribute power only when needed by using dynamic voltage scaling," said Dr. Joel Jorgenson, Packet Digital's CEO. "PowerSage integrated circuits are ideal for notebook computers which require very long battery life and very economical use of power sources. They have also proven great savings in servers, portable media players, and other mobile devices and computers."

Packet Digital products was recently named the winner of the Electronics and Overall Innovation Challenge during Aviation Week 2012. United States Senator John Hoeven (ND) met with Jorgenson and Zimmerman in the US Capitol March 8 to congratulate the Fargo-based manufacturer for receiving the award.

Packet Digital products are available for purchase now on Digi-Key's global websites.

As a leading, integrated, Internet-based global distributor of electronic components, information about and inventory of millions of products is accessible to customers around the globe, with all products shipped from Digi-Key's single, North American location. The company's integrated business model provides product and support information online to help put engineers and procurement professionals in control as they solve tough product development challenges.

About Packet Digital

Packet Digital designs, develops and markets advanced power management integrated circuits for portable electronic devices. By taking a real-time systems approach to power management, Packet Digital developed PowerSage®, a product family of intelligent integrated circuits that monitors an entire system and distributes power only when needed by using dynamic frequency and voltage scaling. Through this innovative approach, PowerSage® components have extended battery life up to 400% in wireless sensors and greater than 25% on complex handset designs.

The PowerSage® design is not tied to a specific application or architecture and has the ability to significantly improve the performance of systems in many applications, such as mobile phones, laptops, servers and communication and wireless devices. Additionally, PowerSage® power management integrated circuits can replace multiple components, driving reductions in device cost, weight and size. On-Demand Power® technology has the ability to scale to all applications, from small electronic devices to the power grid. The system-wide real-time approach can be utilized in any system where intelligent dynamic power management can adjust power automatically with the instantaneous load.

Packet Digital, founded in 2003, is located in Fargo, ND and has been featured on Fox Business News, in the Wall Street Journal, Semiconductor Times, Prismark Wireless Technology Report, Delta's Sky magazine, and has been recognized both locally and nationally, most recently by Aviation Week, recently winning the Innovation Challenge Showcase. Additional information about Packet Digital can be found at www.packetdigital.com.

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.