Digi-Key Corporation Inks Global Distribution Agreement with Kionix, Inc.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 6, 2012

Global 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 Kionix, Inc., a top provider of MEMS inertial sensors.

Kionix, based in Ithaca, NY, provides industry-leading 3-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes, as well as 6-axis combination products, to customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and healthcare markets. Additionally, Kionix is a market leader in embedded algorithms and advanced software, such as sensor fusion, which provides added value to end applications through the power of motion.

Kionix uses a proprietary deep-silicon plasma etching process (DRIE) which provides superior performance in the MEMS structure. The company's new "XAC" sense element delivers some of the highest stability, shock and temperature performance in the industry and minimizes reflow work for customers. Consumer product "tear-downs" have shown Kionix accelerometers in products ranging from the Xbox Kinect to Samsung Galaxy tablets to Motorola Droid mobile phones and the Barnes and Noble Nook. Kionix products also have a strong reputation for quality and performance in the automotive and health and fitness industries.

"Digi-Key is an important addition to our global distribution network," said Kenneth Salky, EVP of Sales and Marketing at Kionix. "Digi-Key's worldwide reach and reputation for customer service, logistics and design support, means that Kionix's cutting edge products now will be available quickly and easily to more design engineers than ever before."

"MEMS sensor utilization has seen incredible growth in recent years," said Mark Zack, Vice President of Global Semiconductor Product at Digi-Key. "Adding a top-level supplier such as Kionix presents a great opportunity to provide new and innovative products to our customers. We are pleased to enter into this partnership."

A full line of Kionix product is now available on Digi-Key's global websites.

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 Kionix, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Kionix is headquartered in Ithaca, NY USA and has regional offices in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore, Silicon Valley, CA and Chicago, IL. Kionix supplies MEMS inertial sensors to leading electronics companies, including many top-tier OEMs and ODMs that produce game devices, mobile handsets, tablets, laptops and other high-volume applications. The Company has more than 200 employees worldwide. In 2009, Kionix became a wholly owned subsidiary of ROHM Co., Ltd., a Kyoto, Japan-based, multi-billion-dollar, diversified electronics supplier. For more information on Kionix, visit: www.kionix.com.