Digi-Key First Distributor to Stock 3M's New Mini RFID Tracking Pad

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 14, 2009

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, announced today it now has stock on the recently-introduced Mini RFID Tracking Pad from 3M.

3M's Mini RFID Tracking PadThis sleek and compact portable reader is in stock and available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites. Additionally, this product will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

The Mini Pad offers users appealing aesthetics in a compact 7.25 by 6.5-inch size, making it ideal for mobile applications. Because it is fully powered from the USB port of a PC or laptop, the need for a separate power outlet is eliminated. Fitting easily into a laptop bag, the Mini Pad and laptop affords a user the opportunity to work from virtually anywhere he chooses.

The Mini Pad is ISO compatible, allowing it to be used with a variety of RFID systems, with a number of features enhancing its functionality. User interface lights help quickly confirm a successful transaction or event. The pad's small size offers user more options with regard to placement of the device. Additionally, its smooth, cleanable surface makes it suitable for many settings, including medical settings.

The 3M Mini RFID Tracking Pad is the first of 3M's tracking pads to be offered for sale through distribution.

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying more than 40 distinct technology platforms - often in combination - to a wide range of customer needs. 3M's track and trace solutions utilize RFID, GPS and other technologies to enable customers to reliably and accurately manage high value assets. Unlike similar offerings, based on components rather than complete solutions, 3M's asset management systems are designed with full implementation in mind, deploying the right solution, with the right technology, suited for the customer. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 76,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, go to www.3m.com.

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.