Digi-Key Corporation Announces Stock on New Tyco Electronics Impact™ Series Connectors

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - May 12, 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' Impact high density backplane connectors.

The following Impact high-density backplane connectors are now available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites and are slated to be featured in future print and online catalogs:

Tyco Electronics' new Impact backplane connector system is designed for increased speed and density to meet the future system upgrades and next generation requirements of data networking and telecommunications equipment. The Impact backplane system also offers our customers a value-added approach of speed, density, cost and long-term reliability.

The Impact connector design system contains a unique broad-edge coupled design which utilizes low impedance, localized ground return path in an optimized differential pair array. Additionally, differential pairs are tightly coupled and surrounded by ground structures to isolate the pairs, which in turn reduces crosstalk and increases overall bandwidth performance with minimal performance variance.

Backplane header construction on the Impact connector offers air pockets selectively placed in the header floor to isolate signal pairs. The header signal pins are straight with no forms or offsets, which increase the mechanical strength of the pins. The mating interface features a bifurcated beam with two points of contact with the second staggered 1 mm behind the first for maximum reliability.

The Impact connector offers two different hole sizes and tail lengths with the smaller one providing optimal electrical performance. The larger hole size is ideal for backplane applications that have a slightly larger plate through hole and pin length for manufacturing ability of the printed circuit board.

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 Tyco Electronics

Tyco Electronics is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and undersea telecommunication 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.tycoelectronics.com.

Impact is a trademark of Molex, Incorporated.

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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.