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Digi International Signs Exclusive Agreement with Digi-Key for New XBee / Arduino-Compatible Coding Platform

Available exclusively through Digi-Key, the new platform introduces wireless design concepts using Digi XBee modules and open-source Arduino code

MINNETONKA, Minn. and THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Aug. 3, 2015 – Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), the M2M solutions expert, and Digi-Key Electronics, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the availability of the Digi XBee® / Arduino-Compatible Coding Platform.  Available exclusively through Digi-Key for $99, the platform provides a comprehensive resource for developers to learn about the XBee API and other key features that enable reliable wireless communications for many real-world applications, such as, working control systems and sensing networks.
XBee modules enable faster time-to-market, lower costs, design flexibility, excellent range and superior data rates for those seeking to incorporate wireless capabilities into a whole new range of products and solutions. This exclusive distribution agreement offers experienced designers and engineers as well as those just beginning to incorporate wireless communications into their designs with specific information, hardware and documentation on wirelessly connecting devices using unlicensed 2.4 GHz XBee modules.   
The new coding platform features an Arduino-compatible microprocessor, three XBee modules,   LEDs, adapters, cables, and other components in addition to software code examples. The platform also includes five interactive projects that use the Processing open source programming language for quick and easy development.
“Our partnership with Digi-Key enables hundreds of thousands of engineers to quickly design proven wireless capabilities into their solutions,” said Richard Halliday, vice president, Digi International. “This offering represents the next-step in our global distribution agreement and our efforts to enable engineers worldwide to leverage the innovative solution set that Digi offers.” (See “Digi International Expands Global Reach with Digi-Key”)
XBee wireless networking technology helps deliver a new range of applications and devices fully integrated with Digi Device Cloud for secure, efficient management of multiple devices in true end-to-end wireless connectivity solutions. The XBee comes in two hardware footprints (Through-Hole and Surface Mount) and a variety of antenna options that empower engineers with design flexibility.
“The XBee brand by Digi International is well known in wireless circles for delivering innovation at an appealing price point,” said David Stein, Vice President, Global Semiconductors at Digi-Key. “The new coding platform is a key offering in helping engineers understand how easy it is to incorporate Digi technologies into their solutions – and reap the benefits that wireless capabilities can bring.”
Digi-Key has created a dedicated site allowing engineers to become more familiar with the extent of XBee capabilities and determine which XBee solutions are best suited to their needs.  The site is located at http://www.digikey.com/en/product-highlight/d/digi-intl/xbee-arduino-compatible-coding-platform?WT.z_Tab_Cat=New%2520Products.
The XBee / Arduino-Compatible Coding Platform kit includes:
  • Arduino-Compatible Microcontroller (1)
  • XBee Shield (1)
  • XBee 802.15.4 modules (3)
  • XBee breadboard adapters (2)
  • XBee USB adapter (1)
  • 2-axis joysticks (1)
  • Pushbuttons (6)
  • Solderless breadboards (3)
  • Breadboard power supplies (2)
  • LEDs (18)
  • 10kΩ potentiometers (2)
  • Package of 330Ω resistors (1)
  • 9 V batteries and battery clips (2)
  • Micro USB cable (1)
  • Mini USB cable (3)
  • Bundle – jumper wires

About Digi International 
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is your mission-critical M2M solutions expert, providing the industry's broadest range of wireless products, a cloud computing platform tailored for devices, and development services to help customers get to market fast with wireless devices and applications. Digi's entire solution set is tailored to allow any device to communicate with any application, anywhere in the world. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).

About Digi-Key Electronics
Digi-Key Electronics, 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 four million products from more than 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 at www.digikey.com.
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