Digi-Key Corporation and Exar Corporation Sign Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 21, 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 entered into an agreement with Exar Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAR) to distribute the company's analog and mixed-signal ICs to Digi-Key customers around the globe.

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. Exar's product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors.

Exar products are now available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

"We are excited to be partnering with Digi-Key, a clear leader in on-line distribution with unparalleled worldwide market penetration," said Bentley Long, vice president, Worldwide Sales, Exar Corporation. "Digi-Key's robust web capabilities, focused on solving an engineer's design challenges, include localized websites, technology zones, and dynamic product training modules will accelerate the evaluation and adoption of Exar's products. We look forward to working with Digi-Key to establish and support new customers and markets."

"We are very pleased to announce this distribution agreement with Exar Corporation with its strong product offerings in power, communication and interface devices," said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key's vice president of semiconductor product. "Digi-Key's customers worldwide will benefit from their commitment to silicon, software and subsystem solutions."

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 Exar Corporation

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For nearly 40 years, Exar's comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar's product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit: http://www.exar.com

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.