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Digi-Key Corporation and Cymbet Corporation Announce Global Distribution Agreement

May 6, 2009

Thief River Falls and Elk River, Minnesota, USA – May 6, 2009 – Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Cymbet Corporation announced today that the companies have entered into a distribution agreement for the worldwide distribution of Cymbet's EnerChip™ family of solid-state, rechargeable thin-film batteries and energy harvesting power storage modules.

As Cymbet's first global distributor, Digi-Key is stocking three new products based on Cymbet's innovative EnerChip solid-state, thin-film batteries:

  • CBC-EVAL-05 – The EnerChip CC Evaluation Kit contains everything needed to test EnerChip 12uAh and 50uAh thin-film batteries, EnerChip CC CBC3112 and CBC3150 batteries with integrated battery management, as well as test multiple batteries in parallel.
  • CBC-EVAL-08 – The EnerChip EH Solar Energy Harvesting Evaluation Kit is used to create zero-power designs for sensors, controllers, embedded systems, medical applications, environmental control systems, and any "untethered" system.
  • EnerChip EH CBC5300 – This module is a drop-in power solution for solar energy harvesting applications. A self-contained power module in a 24-pin DIP configuration, the CBC5300 is designed to accept a wide range of energy transducer inputs, store the harvested power, and deliver managed power to the target system. The purpose of this module is to enable system designers to quickly develop energy harvesting applications.

These products are in stock and available for immediate shipment on Digi-Key's global websites. They will also be featured in future print and online catalogs.

Packaged as a surface mount technology (SMT) component, the EnerChip provides energy storage in a form factor and with a convenience not previously attainable using conventional solutions such as lithium coin cells and super capacitors. Cymbet's EnerChip is well suited for applications where battery backup power is needed to maintain the settings of microcontroller memories, real-time clocks, and SRAM during power loss or power failures. An EnerChip can provide backup power ranging from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the standby current requirements of the system. When coupled with energy harvesting techniques, EnerChips can provide the energy storage to build self-contained, long-lived powered systems that have minimal negative environmental impact.

Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key vice president, interconnect, passive, and electromechanical products, said, "Digi-Key is very excited to be the first to partner with this cutting-edge manufacturer. We are certain that Cymbet's products will be of significant interest to design engineers seeking innovative power storage solutions."

"We are thrilled that our customers can now purchase EnerChip products from Digi-Key," said Blair Wilson, Cymbet vice president of sales. "Digi-Key is known throughout the world for its excellent performance, and we know our customers will be well served."

About Digi-Key Corporation

One of the world's fastest growing distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. As a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, Digi-Key has been ranked #1 for Overall Performance for 17 consecutive years from among the nation's more than 200 distributors (EE Times Distribution Study/August 2008). Offering more than 1.5 million products from more than 400 quality name-brand manufacturers, Digi-Key's commitment to inventory is unparalleled. Access to the company's broad product offering is available 24/7 at Digi-Key's top-rated website, www.digikey.com.

About Cymbet

Cymbet Corporation - a green technology company - is a leader in thin-film, solid-state storage devices and energy harvesting technology. The company is the first to market a surface mount packaged energy storage solutions that designers can use to realize new embedded systems capabilities. Cymbet's EnerChip™ thin-film devices enable innovative energy storage applications for integrated circuits and new products for process control, medical, wireless, sensors, RFID, communications, consumer, portable electronics and energy harvesting. Visit Cymbet online at www.cymbet.com

Editorial Contact for Digi-Key Corporation

Lesley Harmoning
Manager, Advertising
Digi-Key Corporation

218-681-8000, Ext 1656
lesley.harmoning@digikey.com

Editorial Contact for Cymbet Corporation

Steven C. Grady
Vice President, Marketing
Cymbet Corporation
763-633-1792
sgrady@cymbet.com

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