Digi-Key Corporation Signs Global Distribution Agreement with GeneSiC Semiconductor

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - January 8, 2013

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced an agreement to distribute GeneSiC Semiconductor's industry-leading silicon-carbide technologies worldwide.

Founded in 2004, GeneSiC Semiconductor has grown into a world-leader in silicon-carbide technology. Their products play a key role in conserving energy in numerous high power systems, running faster, cooler, and more efficiently. This efficiency makes these cutting-edge silicon-carbide products ideal for increasing efficiency in energy harvesting applications.

"Digi-Key was the missing piece to our distribution program. This agreement enhances GeneSiC Semiconductor's ability to seed the market with our brand of Silicon Carbide High Voltage, High Temperature, and first of their kind (1N8XX SiC Diode/2N76XX SiC Transistors) Mil-Standard products," said Michael DiGangi, Chief Business Development Officer at GeneSiC Semiconductor.

GeneSiC has the largest portfolio of commercial SiC diodes, offering a best in class SiC switch, the Super Junction Transistor (SJT), which will revolutionize IGBT and FET designs for engineers who have been looking for higher performance. GeneSiC Semiconductor is also committed to a portfolio of silicon, high-voltage rectifier products with the best forward voltage in the market today. While others have abandoned this market, GeneSiC Semiconductor has been investing in new and exciting products.

"We are excited to add GeneSiC Semiconductor to our expansive line card," said Mark Zack, Vice President, Global Semiconductor Product at Digi-Key. "Adding suppliers as committed to innovation as GeneSiC Semiconductor affirms our commitment to providing the newest, state-of-the-art products to our customers."

GeneSiC Semiconductor's broad portfolio of efficient, high-performance products is available for purchase on the Digi-Key website.

About GeneSiC Semiconductor

Based outside Washington, DC in Dulles, Virginia, GeneSiC Semiconductor Inc. is a leading innovator in high-temperature, high-power and ultra-high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) devices. Current development projects include high-temperature rectifiers, field-effect transistors (FETs) and bipolar devices, as well as particle and photonic detectors. GeneSiC has prime/sub-contracts from major US Government agencies, including the Department of Energy, Navy, DARPA, and the Department of Homeland Security. The company is currently experiencing substantial growth, and hiring qualified personnel in power-device and detector design, fabrication, and testing. To find out more, please visit www.genesicsemi.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.