Digi-Key Corporation Welcomes Silicon Engines to Design Services Providers Network

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - May 4, 2011

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the addition of Silicon Engines to its listing of design firms on Digi-Key's Design Services Providers online resource.

"By including Silicon Engines to our newly launched Design Services Providers resource, we are enabling a productive connection between engineers and experts in medical electronics, industrial controls, automotive electronics, and more," said Mark Zack, Digi-Key's vice president of semiconductor product.

"We're really proud to join Digi-Key's Design Service Providers network," said Kerry Berland, president of Silicon Engines. "For many years we have been relying on Digi-Key as our primary source for electronic components for engineering projects. They greatly accelerate our design process—selecting alternative parts, avoiding components that will be difficult to procure in volume, and getting prototype parts over-night. By making it possible for us to compress engineering project timelines, Digi-Key is helping us save our customers many thousands of dollars in lost time. We hope our new role as a Design Services Provider will give us the opportunity to apply the skills we've developed for the benefit of Digi-Key customers."

Silicon Engines specializes in embedded control applications, products in which a microcomputer and associated digital and analog circuitry yield an automated product solution. They design motor drivers, power supplies, keyboard and display interfaces, data communication interfaces, and RF circuitry. The company provides services in electronic design, schematic capture, PCB layout, prototype builds, and testing, and they manage production manufacturing. Their software engineers are familiar with the most popular processor families, including the ARM Cortex M3 and many others.

Digi-Key's Design Services Providers Network offers fee-based high quality, efficient, system-level engineering and consulting services, including design feasibility, hardware/software electronic development, prototyping, PCB design, and manufacturing. Consulting services provided include ARM Cortex, FPGA, lighting, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Linux, and DSP technologies. With expertise in a wide range of product applications and embedded systems, these design firms can help designs get to market faster, finish projects on time, and provide short-term assistance.

Digi-Key Corporation focuses on providing customers with superior service, which includes product selection and availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using leading-edge processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA.

About Silicon Engines

Silicon Engines (Arlington Heights, Illinois) has worked on many industry standard communications protocols, including RS-232, RS-485, Modbus, I2C, CAN, J1939, USB, J1850, ISO-9141, ISO-14230, and LIN, and have invented custom protocols for dedicated systems. The company works with patent attorneys to protect customer IP and have secured many patents for their design customers. They work with partner firms on industrial design and mechanical engineering. Silicon Engines has helped secure UL and FCC approvals for many products. They are complimented on their ability to help customers define product requirements at the outset of a project and are proud to count many repeat customers over the years since they started business in 1989.

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
Erica Hanson
publicrelations@digikey.com