Digi-Key Signs Low-Power Wi-Fi Manufacturer GainSpan to Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 4, 2013

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the addition of GainSpan, a leading supplier in the low-power 802.11 Wi-Fi market.

GainSpan is a leading semiconductor solutions company in low-power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. Their easy-to-use system-on-chip (SoC) modules and software allow customers to leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy, and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. The solutions feature an ultra-low-power SoC that consumes a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms.

"Digi-Key is not only respected by design engineers worldwide, but is also recognized as the "go-to" distributor, with the ability to ship same day, anywhere in the world," said David Casey, vice president of worldwide sales at GainSpan. "Adding Digi-Key as our channel partner will significantly expand GainSpan's global reach and provide a world-class online resource for design engineers looking for the latest in 'Internet of Things' Wi-Fi."

Heavily involved in the embedded space, GainSpan offers solutions for low-cost MCUs from many of the top suppliers, and offers the ability to manipulate 802.11 radio communications, enabling fast, secure connectivity while remaining a very low power solution.

"Integrating wireless connectivity has become an overreaching theme for designers today," said Mark Zack, vice president, global semiconductor product at Digi-Key. "GainSpan's low-power Wi-Fi solutions allow for simple integration into numerous applications. We are excited to offer these products to our global customer base."

GainSpan's low-power Wi-Fi solutions are available for immediate shipment by visiting any of Digi-Key's global websites.

About GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan, a spinoff of Intel Corporation, is an innovator and leader in semiconductor solutions for wireless connectivity for the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. GainSpan's solutions let customers quickly and easily create connected products for smart energy, healthcare and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. With a broad portfolio of state-of the art low-power Wi-Fi and ZigBee/Wi-Fi chips, modules and software, GainSpan is changing the world by connecting Things to the Internet and People to Things. GainSpan is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance® and the ZigBee Alliance. For more information, visit www.gainspan.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.