Digi-Key to Distribute Panasonic Communication Modules

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - June 13, 2006

Panasonic Industrial Company today announced the appointment of Digi-Key as an authorized distributor for its line of RF modules including the PAN802154 wireless communication module supporting the 802.15.4 radio standard and the ZigBee™ specification. The Panasonic module is designed for various sensing, monitoring and control applications for home automation and industrial control.

Panasonic’s PAN802154 module is a low data rate/low power communication device operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band and is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. The module uses Freescale’s 802.15.4 transceiver (MC13193), microcontroller (GT60) and is licensed to use all released Freescale ZigBee protocol stack layer software. Furthermore, the PAN802154 has an onboard RS-232 interface IC and two onboard printed antennae that are etched on both sides of the board for optimum RF sensitivity. The entire RF section is shielded to prevent RF leakage and further improve performance. The PAN802154 is shipped ready to download Freescale’s 802.15.4 PHY/MAC layer and the ZigBee protocol layer.

The PAN802154 complies with FCC part 15 and ICC requirements for 2.4 GHz ISM band. The application profile or program can be developed with in-house software staff or any third party software development contractor, including Panasonic.

“We are very pleased to partner with Digi-Key in the expansion of our existing product lines,” said Tony Komon, director of Panasonic’s Component Division. “Together with Panasonic’s broad portfolio of components and sales and marketing resources, we will be better positioned to provide our customers in North America with an unparalleled offering of products and services.”

“We are delighted to further our collaboration with Panasonic and add this line of communication modules to our growing repertory of ZigBee compliant modules,” said Mark Larson, president and COO at Digi-Key. “I am certain that these products will be of consequential interest and appeal to our customers.”

Digi-Key Corporation is one of the fastest growing distributors of electronic components in the world, currently shipping product to more than 130 countries around the globe. Panasonic’s communication modules will be available directly from Digi-Key through its print and online catalogs. This appointment will enable Digi-Key to fulfill both the design/prototype and volume needs of its widespread and diverse customer base.

About Panasonic Industrial Company’s Component Division

Panasonic Components Division, headquartered in Secaucus, NJ, provides standard and custom product offerings, including modules, electrolytic, specialty polymer, film and ceramic capacitors, fixed resistors, inductors, filters, resonators, potentiometers, ZNR transient/surge absorbers and switches. For more information, visit its Web site at www.panasonic.com/industrial/components.

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.