Digi-Key and Digilent Inc. Announce Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 5, 2013

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Digilent Inc. The company specializes in boards and engineering products used for technology-based educational design tools utilized by various students and universities worldwide.

Digilent's education and development kits serve as a do-it-yourself tool for students using single-board computers in higher education. Students can easily order the cost-efficient kits online at digikey.com.

Clint Cole and Gene Apperson, two Washington State University electrical engineering professors, founded Digilent in 2000. While teaching, the men saw a need for a basic programming board to assist with their students' hands-on learning. After seeing the boards make a significant impact, they have strived to make the latest digital technologies understandable, low-cost, and easily accessible to everyone.

Digi-Key and Digilent realized the benefit of working together while each were selling synergistic products to developing engineers in universities and colleges worldwide.

"Digi-Key is pleased to be aligned with Digilent and share the goal of making electrical engineering and design understandable and accessible to students and developers worldwide," said Mark Zack, vice president, global semiconductor product at Digi-Key. "Digi-Key's Academic Program goals of bringing information and technologies to the forefront of the academic community will be better accomplished through this strategic relationship with Digilent."

"Digilent is pleased to partner with Digi-Key, number one ranked electronic component distributor in North America," noted Clint Cole, president of Digilent Inc. "Now, academia can get Digilent's state-of-the-art education tools through Digi-Key's top-rated website."

Digilent's selection of boards and design tools are currently available for immediate shipment by visiting the Digi-Key website.

About Digilent Inc.

Digilent Inc. is a leading electrical engineering products company serving students, universities, and OEM's worldwide with technology-based educational design tools. Based in Pullman, Washington, USA, Digilent designs, manufactures, and distributes its electronic design tools worldwide. Since its founding in 2000, Digilent products can now be found in over 2,000 universities in more than 70 countries throughout the world. As a multinational company with offices in the US, Taiwan, China, and Romania, Digilent is able to provide low-cost, expert quality solutions for a variety of customer needs. In addition to its own products, Digilent has OEM design and manufacturing services for leading technology companies including Xilinx, Analog Devices, and Cypress Semiconductor.

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.