Digi-Key Corporation Inks Global Distribution Agreement with Infinite Power Solutions

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - May 1, 2012

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS), a global leader in manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film micro-energy storage devices for wireless sensors and other embedded applications.

The THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) product line of solid-state, rechargeable thin-film batteries from IPS serves to address an ever-increasing need for a maintenance-free, embeddable energy storage solution that lasts the life of the application. With near zero self-discharge, MECs provide extremely efficient storage of intermittent and low charge currents typical of ambient energy harvesting applications. Paper-thin and flexible, the THINERGY MEC series provides unrivaled cycle life and power performance, delivering a safe, permanent and clean power source for today's electronic devices and systems. Additionally, IPS offers evaluation kits to demonstrate the performance advantages of THINERGY MECs while reducing development expenditure and speeding time to market.

"Energy harvesting is the wave of the future. Manufacturers are continually searching for alternative energy solutions as a means of reducing maintenance costs and increasing the useful life of their products," said Mark Zack, vice president for global semiconductor products. "Infinite Power Solutions offers leading-edge, permanently installed energy storage solutions that address the changing needs of the energy harvesting market, and we are pleased to offer their quality products to our customers."

"We are very excited to work with Digi-Key to increase the reach of our global distribution network for our unique and award-winning THINERGY MEC products," stated Tim Bradow, VP of Marketing for IPS. "Conventional and often toxic organic wet chemistry batteries are being replaced by longer lasting, eco-friendly, inorganic solid-state batteries like our THINERGY MECs. As the industry has seen with other technologies, solid-state solutions always win. It's inevitable and happening now in the battery space."

These innovative products from Infinite Power Solutions are currently available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites.

As the leading integrated Internet-based 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 Infinite Power Solutions

Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS) – a U.S. clean-technology company – is a global leader in manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film micro-energy storage devices for embedded applications. Founded in 2001, IPS is privately held with corporate headquarters and volume manufacturing in Littleton, Colo. The company is the only ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of solid-state, thin-film batteries, and its products displace conventional coin cells, supercapacitors, and other printed and flexible micro-battery solutions. THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) products are paper-thin and provide unprecedented efficiency in micro-energy storage, uniquely enabling embedded power and ambient energy-harvesting solutions to create miniature, autonomous, perpetual power supply solutions. THINERGY MECs uniquely serve battery powered applications such as Bluetooth® Smart devices and other wireless sensors, active RFID tags, real-time clocks, powered cards, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Additional information is available at www.InfinitePowerSolutions.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.