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Digi-key corporation and advanced linear devices, inc announce global distribution agreement

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 07, 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, and Advanced Linear Devices, Inc. (ALD), a globally recognized company which develops, manufactures and markets precision CMOS linear integrated circuits, announced today the two companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key will distribute ALD products to customers worldwide.

Products from Advanced Linear Devices, Inc. are now in stock and available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites. Products will also be featured in future print and online catalogs.

"We are very pleased to announce this global distribution agreement with Advanced Linear Devices, Inc. with its strong product offerings in CMOS linear integrated circuits and Energy Harvesting modules," said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key's vice president of semiconductor product. "ALD's linear products and EH Modules provide Digi-Key customers solutions for designing increased energy efficiency, management, and retention into applications."

"We are delighted to be included in the Digi-Key product lineup. The wealth of proven linear technologies that has been developed by ALD over the past two decades provides the market with precision specialty analog products deployed in millions of circuits across the global industry. Digi-Key will provide a platform from which ALD will further enhance its domestic and international reach," said Robert Chao, president and CEO of ALD.

"ALD’s new EPAD Technology adhere to industry-standard CMOS technology and was able to simultaneously reduce power consumption, improve on precision and lower circuit function cost," said Bob Chao, CEO and president of ALD. “The precision trimming technology provides us with the ability to dramatically improve device features and performance to give designers the ability to create and improve their designs at a more economical cost point."

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 Digi-Key Corporation As one of the world's fastest growing distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key Corporation has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. Digi-Key is a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than 1.8 million products from over 440 quality name-brand manufacturers. A testament to Digi-Key's unparalleled commitment to service, North American design engineers have ranked #1 for Overall Performance for 19 consecutive years (EE Times Distribution Study/October 2010). With global sales for 2010 reaching $1.5 billion, Digi-Key's single location in North America is one of its greatest assets. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available at

About Advanced Linear Devices, Inc. Founded in 1985, ALD continues to be a leading supplier of precision analog semiconductors to many OEM manufacturers of industrial controls, scientific instrumentation, computers, medical devices, automotive, and telecommunications products. Based in Sunnyvale, California, the ALD staff includes a team of veteran scientists and engineers – many with extensive semiconductor design, technology and manufacturing backgrounds. The company prides itself with introducing many industry "design-firsts" including rail-to-rail CMOS operational amplifiers, EPAD® Energy Harvesting Modules, and Zero Threshold MOSFETs, designed for precision circuit and high reliability applications.

Company Contact: John P. Skurla, Director of Marketing & Sales, Advanced Linear Devices, Inc., 415 Tasman Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA. Telephone: 408-747-1155; Fax: 408-747-1286; E-mail: