Digi-Key Corporation and Laird Technologies Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 29, 2008

Digi-Key Corporation and Laird Technologies announced today that the companies have entered into a global distribution agreement.

Laird Technologies is a designer and manufacturer of customized, performance-critical products for wireless and other advanced electronics applications. The company is a global market leader in the design and supply of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, thermal management products, mechanical actuation systems, signal integrity components, and wireless antenna solutions, as well as radio frequency (RF) modules and systems.

Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer, medical, and industrial markets.

Laird Technologies products stocked by Digi-Key are featured in its print and online catalogs and are available for purchase directly from Digi-Key. The terms of this new distribution agreement will enable Digi-Key to fulfill the prototype as well as the production quantity needs of its very diverse customer base.

"We are very pleased to expand our portfolio with products from Laird Technologies," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key president and COO. "This agreement is in keeping with Digi-Key's commitment to provide our customers with the newest and most innovative products. I am certain that these products will be of consequential interest and appeal to the thousands of design engineers who do business with Digi-Key every day."

"Our agreement with Digi-Key allows engineers access to a broader range of our products for prototyping and purchasers to more quickly access our products in production quantities," said Andy Coyle, director of Global Channel Sales for Laird Technologies. "Digi-Key is well positioned to support our customers' needs from prototype through production and will play a critical role in getting our products to the global marketplace quickly and reliably."

About Laird Technologies

Laird Technologies designs and supplies customized, performance-critical products for wireless and other advanced electronics applications. The company is a global market leader in the design and supply of electromagnetic interface (EMI) shielding, thermal management products, mechanical actuation systems, signal integrity components, and wireless antennae solutions, as well as radio frequency (RF) modules and systems. Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer, medical, and industrial markets. For more information, visit Laird Technologies.

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.

Editorial Contact for Digi-Key Corporation
Steven G. Tsukichi
publicrelations@digikey.com
Editorial Contact for Laird Technologies
Ellie Rovai
ellie.rovai@lairdtech.com