Digi-Key Corporation Now Stocking Panasonic PAN1321i Bluetooth RF Modules

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - February 21, 2012

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the addition of the Panasonic PAN1321i smartphone-compatible Bluetooth RF modules to its vast product line.

The PAN1321i Series is compatible with Apple devices such as the iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® as well as Android, smartphones and most Bluetooth-enabled devices.

"In a world which has become increasingly dependent upon the use of integrated portable devices, the debut of our PAN1321i Series of Bluetooth RF Modules represents a significant benefit to manufacturers looking to create products that work efficiently and wirelessly with products including iPads, iPhones and the ever-expanding offerings in Android and smart phones," said Jeff Howell, President, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America. "Panasonic's strong background in RF Module technology has enabled us to develop a solution to meet the needs of a wide range of electronic device manufacturers."

"Panasonic is one of our largest and most widely respected suppliers," said Jeff Shafer, vice president, global interconnect, passives and electromechanical, Digi-Key Corporation. "Their commitment to producing cutting-edge product, and their aim to work with other top technology-driven companies such as Apple, continues to provide value to our company and to our global customer base."

The PAN1321i Series is a comprehensive Bluetooth system solution, with an integrated controller, GPIO, AT Command Set Application Program Interface (API), antenna, Bluetooth transceiver, SPP Profile, FCC and IC certifications and Bluetooth end product listing. The new series is qualified to the Bluetooth 2.0 standard and delivers a highly integrated, cost engineered solution for Bluetooth applications using Serial Port Profile (SPP). Ideal for applications migrating from USB or RS232 to wireless, the integrated Bluetooth SPP is easily accessed using a simple AT command set.

Evaluation and development kits are available now on the Digi-Key website.

As the leading integrated Internet-based distributor of electronic components, information about and inventory of millions of products is accessible to customers around the globe, with all products shipped from Digi-Key's single, North American location. The company's integrated business model provides product and support information online to help put engineers and procurement professionals in control as they solve tough product development challenges.

The company's online offerings and resources include: PTM® product training modules; TechZone; Another Geek Moment videos; Digi-Key toolbar; PurchasingProSM for electronics buyers; TechXchangeSM; a Mobile and Social Center; the Scheme-it online schematic design tool; and a Reference Design Library.

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.

About Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America (formerly Panasonic Industrial Company of America) is the advanced industrial components and electronic devices sales division of Panasonic Corporation of North America — the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R & D operations.

Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company provides cutting-edge components that power a diverse range of devices, electronics components, optical drives, semiconductors, card readers, and mechanical devices including compressors and motors used by millions of people each day. The Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company website www.panasonic.com/industrial is designed to provide design engineers and technical specifiers with a one-stop resource for researching, identifying, locating and purchasing Panasonic's diverse range of Electronics Components.