Digi-Key Corporation and JAE Electronics, Inc. Pen Global Distribution Agreement

Digi-Key Corporation and JAE Electronics, Inc. Pen Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - April 10, 2007

Electronic component distributor Digi-Key Electronics and JAE Electronics, Inc. announced today the signing of a global distribution agreement. One of the industry's fastest growing distributors, Digi-Key currently ships electronic components and accessories to its customers in over 140 countries worldwide.

JAE is a top 10 global connector manufacturer of interconnect products. Wholly owned by Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, JAE Electronics, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets electronic connectors. JAE Electronics, Inc. was established in the United States in 1977.

Digi-Key is stocking JAE board-to-board, board-to-cable, memory card, transportation, fiber adapter, circular and rectangular connectors with a variety of position and mounting options. These products are featured in both Digi-Key's print and online catalogs and are available for purchase directly from Digi-Key.

"Digi-Key is very pleased to strengthen our interconnect offering with products from JAE," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key president and COO. "We are certain that these unique products will be of consequential interest and appeal to design engineers and purchasing professionals alike."

"JAE is very excited about this partnership with Digi-Key. This partnership will provide a wide range of Digi-Key customers with greater options of highly reliable interconnect solutions. As we communicate in our corporate slogan, 'Technology to Inspire Innovation,' this partnership provides easier access for Digi-Key customers to JAE technology, which can be a key for their innovation," said Shin Takahashi, president of JAE Electronics, Inc.

About JAE

JAE is a top 10 global connector manufacturer of interconnect products. JAE designs, manufactures and markets electronic connectors, system equipment, inertial sensors, aerospace and related applications, optoelectronic devices and various other types of machinery and equipment. Since 1977, JAE Electronics has increased its marketing efforts in the United States and has opened a manufacturing facility in Tualatin, Oregon. JAE Electronic's parent company, Japan Aviation Electronics Industries, Ltd. (JAE) is a globally oriented supplier of electronic components and systems. This company is a recognized leader in providing solutions to complex design requirements and is highly ranked in a number of fields because of its expertise in integrated electronic technology accumulated over the years and because of its product development. By combining divergent technologies from experience gained in the aerospace industry, JAE has been able to transfer these technologies into advanced connector designs. From connectors on Japan's Bullet Train to the smallest hand-held video camera, JAE has met the most demanding applications in the industry.

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.