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Digi Launches Industry's Smallest Linux Embedded Device Server

Digi Connect ME 9210 enables full Linux development in space-constrained devices

MINNETONKA, Minn. (Nov. 12, 2008) - Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the Digi Connect ME 9210 with Digi Embedded Linux. Digi Embedded Linux is the latest version of Linux optimized for development on Digi embedded modules and microcontrollers. About the size of a pair of dice, the high-performance Digi Connect ME 9210 is the smallest embedded device server available with Linux. This allows OEMs to easily add secure Ethernet connectivity using Linux in space-constrained devices.

“The Digi Connect ME 9210 with Linux enables Linux development in small devices like programmable logic controllers (PLCs), power distribution units (PDUs) and building environment controls,” said Joel Young, CTO and senior vice president of research and development, Digi International. “We support development and enhancement in Digi Embedded Linux to ensure our modules and microprocessors are fully integrated into Linux. This provides customers a single source of Linux support for Digi’s products.”

Digi Embedded Linux supports the 2.6.26 version of the Linux kernel. It also includes the new Digi Package Manager, a feature that allows updates, enhancements and bug fixes to be downloaded and installed directly in Digi ESP, Digi’s Eclipse-based development environment for Linux.

The Digi Connect ME 9210 offers customers the highest level of speed and memory available on a device server with a 75 MHz ARM9 processor, 8 MB RAM and 2 or 4 MB Flash. It also features the most peripheral interfaces including 10/100 Ethernet, serial, SPI, I2C, GPIO, CAN, 1-wire and integrated Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs). FIMs provide custom interfaces for tailoring the module to the users’ exact application needs.

The Digi Connect ME 9210 features an integrated, NIST-certified AES accelerator that provides secure network communication. The accelerator provides 10 times the encryption speed of software only solutions. The Digi Connect ME 9210 also features unique power functionality, including power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support to allow the design of devices that require no external power; and Digi Dynamic Power Control™, a complete set of hardware and software features for product designs that demand low-power consumption and advanced power management. This reduces the power required to operate the Digi Connect ME 9210 and saves power on PoE networks.

Based on Digi’s recently introduced NS9210 ARM9 microprocessor, the Digi Connect ME 9210 will support the extended lifecycle of embedded products. The NET+OS operating system also includes support for advanced secure networking protocols such as IPv6, SNMPv3 and SSL further supporting long-term usability.

The Digi Connect ME 9210 is pin compatible and interchangeable with the Digi Connect ME and Digi Connect Wi-ME. Digi Connect ME 9210 JumpStart Kits for Linux will be available in December for an introductory price of $249. The Digi Connect ME 9210 with Linux will be available in December for $48 in quantities of 1,000. For more information, visit www.digiembedded.com/me9210.

About Digi International

Digi International, the leader in device networking for business, develops reliable products and technologies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.

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

Matt Serra
Mulberry Marketing Communications
312-664-1532

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