Digi-Key Broadens Line Card with Panasonic PAN1720 Low Energy Bluetooth RF Modules and Development Kits

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - June 12, 2012

Global 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 stock of the Panasonic PAN1720 Series low power Bluetooth RF modules, a complete Bluetooth 4.0 solution.

The PAN1720 is a true system-on-chip for Bluetooth low energy applications, providing cost-effective RF connectivity with minimal power usage. The modules include an eight-channel, 12-bit ADC; 19 GPIOs; and battery and temperature sensors. The PAN1720 combines an excellent RF transceiver with a high performance, low power 8051 MCU; in-system programmable flash memory; 8 kb RAM; and many other powerful supporting features and peripherals.

"Panasonic continues to push the envelope and innovate within the realm of low power Bluetooth solutions," said Dave Doherty, vice president, global supplier and product operations, Digi-Key Corporation. "We strive to provide our customers with the newest and best products, and Panasonic has always been an integral part of that initiative."

"An eco-friendly, wireless alternative, Bluetooth Low Energy is designed to reduce power consumption and can be put into a sleep mode when not in use," said Ty Yamanaka, Director, Panasonic Electronic Components. "The foundations of low energy consumption are short messages and establishing very fast connections. Using these techniques, the PAN1720 Series RF Modules reduce energy consumption to a tenth of a Bluetooth Classic wireless module."

The PAN1720 Series is an ideal choice for applications in which battery life is a critical application requirement. This series is available for purchase 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.

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.

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.