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Digi Announces Strategic Relationship with Microsoft to Provide New Microsoft Development Platform on Digi Embedded Modules

- New relationship adds Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework to network-connected embedded devices -

MINNETONKA, Minn. (May 9, 2006)Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced that it will offer support for the Microsoft® .NET Micro Framework on its industry-leading line of wired and wireless embedded modules. The .NET Micro Framework extends the reach of Microsoft Corp.’s embedded solutions to integrated device platforms with smaller memory footprints. Digi’s network-enabled embedded modules are the ideal platform for a wide variety of .NET Micro Framework-based applications such as retail price verification systems, blood glucose meters, remote power management and environmental monitoring.

“Microsoft’s .NET Micro Framework is ideally suited for the creation of the smallest of devices and is complementary to the existing embedded platforms that Microsoft offers,” said Eric Lang, general manager of the SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) Group, Microsoft Corp. “In combination with Digi’s embedded modules, .NET Micro Framework brings ease of development to a class of network-connected devices previously not supported by Microsoft’s embedded solutions.”

“The addition of .NET Micro Framework for our embedded modules builds on the strong foundation of our existing support for Microsoft Windows® CE embedded technology by extending Microsoft Windows embedded platforms across Digi’s complete ARM-based embedded module offering,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International. “This enables more customers to easily build security-enhanced commercial grade device networking solutions in key vertical markets, including medical, retail, and industrial automation.”
 
Initial support will be available for the Digi Connect ME®, Digi Connect® Wi-ME and ConnectCore™. Digi development kits for .NET Micro Framework with full Microsoft Visual Studio® development tool integration will be available later this year.

For more information about Digi’s family of embedded modules and .NET Micro Framework support, visit http://www.digi.com/products/wireless-wired-embedded-solutions/software-microprocessors-accessories/software/.

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About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, makes device networking easy by developing products and technologies that are cost effective and easy to use. Digi markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Press Contacts:
Jan McBride
Digi International
952-912-3473

Matt Serra
Mulberry Marketing Communications
312-664-1532

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