Digi-Key and Renesas to Sign Distribution Partnership

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - May 16, 2005

Digi-Key Corporation today announced that it has signed a distribution partnership agreement with Renesas Technology America, Inc. to carry Renesas’ semiconductor products. The agreement gives Digi-Key customers ready access to advanced Renesas solutions for a broad span of embedded systems. The initial stocking package will include system LSI products such as microcontrollers (MCUs), microprocessors (MPUs), development kits and development software.

Digi-Key offers an extensive inventory of devices in the Renesas H8, M16C® and SuperH® families. These devices span from 8-, 16- to 32-bit microcontrollers and microprocessors and cover a wide range of performance, integration, power efficiency and price points. The Renesas hardware and software tools that Digi-Key also stocks can facilitate fast system design ramp-ups and shorten design cycles. Digi-Key's printed catalog and easy-to-use Web site www.digikey.ie simplify choosing and buying the best Renesas products for any design requirement.

"Digi-Key is excited to offer our customers the Renesas product line" said Mark Larson, President and COO at Digi-Key Corporation. "Customers buying Renesas solutions from us will get cutting-edge technology in the quantities they need, whether for prototypes or volume production. This distribution partnership will benefit the diverse markets we and Renesas serve."

"Renesas is very pleased to announce our partnership with an industry leader in component distribution," said Ali Sebt, vice president, system LSI business unit at Renesas Technology America. "Digi-Key has already put in place a large stock of Renesas microcontrollers and hardware/software development tools, allowing customers to purchase from one prototype to production quantities on-line or over the phone. And Digi-Key is known for its ability to ship immediately. They can provide the outstanding sales support our customers need to keep their system design projects and product production runs on tight schedules."

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.