Winbond America Expands Digi-Key Distribution Agreement to Include Europe

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 3, 2006

Digi-Key Corporation and Winbond Electronics Corporation America today announced the expansion of the companies' current distribution agreement to include Europe.

Winbond Electronics Corporation America is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions to the consumer, computer, communications and electronics market. Based in San Jose, CA, Winbond America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Winbond Electronics Corporation, one of the largest branded IC companies in Taiwan and a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions worldwide.

Digi-Key Corporation is one of the world's fastest growing distributors of electronic components and currently ships products to more than 140 countries around the globe. Winbond products are available for purchase directly from Digi-Key and are featured in its print and online catalogs.

"With Europe representing one Digi-Key's fastest areas of growth, we are very pleased to expand our distributor agreement with Winbond America to include Europe," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key's president and COO, "We anticipate that its products will be of consequential interest to the European design engineers being introduced to the ‘Digi-Key difference' everyday."

About Winbond

Winbond Electronics Corporation, a global corporation based in Hsinchu, Taiwan is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions. Winbond designs, develops, markets and sells IC solutions to the global electronics marketplace. In May 2005, Winbond Electronics acquired National Semiconductor's Advanced PC (APC) Division, the pioneer in providing many of the PC Logic solutions. In June 2005, Winbond acquired NexFlash Semiconductor, a semiconductor manufacture specializing in Serial Flash. Winbond Electronics has some 5000 employees worldwide with design centers in Hsinchu, Taiwan, San Jose California, Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai, China and Tel-Aviv, Israel. Winbond is publicly traded on the Taiwan stock exchange. Winbond can be contacted via the corporate homepage at

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.