Digi-Key’s TechXchangeSM Welcomes iGEN as Community Partner

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 25, 2011

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, welcomes iGEN, of UBM Electronics, as a community partner for Digi-Key's TechXchangeSM online engineering community.

The iGEN (Innovative Generation) website is an online community for budding scientists and engineers who have a passion for math and science. iGEN provides teachers and students with fun and exciting electronics, science, and math activities and resources. iGEN is dedicated to inspiring young engineering and science-minded individuals in a fun and safe online environment. Users get hands-on experience with electronics, share projects, get feedback and assistance from the iGEN team of engineers and journalists, and get recognition for their efforts. Through special programming such as the "iPod Autopsy" video series, kids can explore many interesting innovations created by scientists and engineers.

"Supporting the innovators of tomorrow is one of Digi-Key's highest priorities," said Tony Harris, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Digi-Key Corporation. "Communities like iGEN, projects such as Digi-Key's sponsorship of its very own FIRST Robotics team, and sites like Digi-Key EDU, designed for college-level engineering students, contribute to the future of the electronics industry."

Digi-Key's TechXchange is a user-to-user forum where design engineers and hobbyists can discuss technology, products, designs and more, while participating in discussions, asking questions of the community or of subject matter experts. TechXchange is organized by six specific technology-based groups: the Energy Harvesting, Lighting, Microcontroller, Power, Sensors, and Wireless communities. There is also a general community for queries which do not fit the six previously mentioned technologies.

As the leading integrated Internet-based distributor, 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 UBM Electronics

UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry. UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and Embedded.com across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market-leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and the ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research. UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

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.