Digi-Key Corporation Announces Stock on Tyco Electronics New Silicon ESD Protection Devices

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - February 1, 2010

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 it has stock on Tyco Electronics' new Silicon electrostatic discharge (SESD) protection devices.

These SESD protection devices are now available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs. These devices help protect electronic circuits against damage caused by electrostatic discharge events and help improve reliability of portable electronics including mobile phones, MP3 players, PDAs and digital cameras.

With a 0201-sized footprint, Tyco Electronics' SESD devices offer designers flexibility in space-constrained applications. The SESD0201C-006-058 device is bidirectional, has an ultra-low capacitance of 0.6 picofarad (pF), and is suitable for protecting very-high-speed data lines, such as USB and HDMI, or low-voltage antenna ports. The SESD0201C-120-058 device has a higher capacitance of 12 pF and can be used for low-speed generic interfaces such as keypads, power buttons, speakers and microphone ports in portable electronics. Both devices offer 8 kV contact and 15 kV air discharge protection per the IEC61000-4-2 standard.

"As integrated circuits shrink, so does their ability to withstand ESD stress, thereby increasing the risk of circuit damage," said Patrick Hibbs, Global Communication Systems Marketing and ESD Business Manager for Tyco Electronics' Raychem Circuit Protection Products. "Our new SESD product line helps designers faced with difficult board routing and space requirements. New micro-USB and micro-HDMI connections in portable electronics are excellent examples of applications where miniature surface-mount passives can help provide a robust, space-saving and cost-effective ESD protection solution."

The SESD0402S-005-054 device is an ultra-low capacitance SOD-923 (i.e. 0402'sized) package with a typical capacitance of 0.5 pF and a 10 kV contact discharge rating, per IEC61000-4-2, for use with digital applications such as USB and HDMI.

"These SESD protection devices are yet another example of a great product from Tyco Electronics," said Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key's vice president of interconnect, passive and electromechanical product. "We are confident these SESD protection devices will be valuable components for our customers worldwide. We are excited to add them to our broad product offering of more than 425,000 parts ready for off-the-shelf delivery."

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 Tyco Electronics

Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and undersea telecommunications systems, with fiscal 2009 sales of US$10.3 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems and consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace; defense and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at www.te.com.

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