Digi International and Digi-Key Introduce New XBee Wireless Connectivity Kit

New kit allows developers to quickly gain expertise and insight to applications of wireless connectivity with XBee® Modules

MINNETONKA, Minn. and THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., USA - August 24, 2015 —

Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digikey.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® Wireless Connectivity Kit (XKB2-AT-WWC). Initially available exclusively through Digi-Key for the next 90 days for $59, the platform provides a comprehensive resource for developers to better understand how XBee RF modules can be used for wireless device connectivity and sensor networking solutions.

With more than 10 million XBee modules deployed, the technology is proven to enable fast time-to-market, design flexibility, low development costs, and excellent range for those seeking to incorporate wireless capabilities into a whole new range of products and solutions. The new connectivity kit offers beginners and experienced designers and engineers alike the opportunity to easily incorporate wireless communications into their designs.

The kit features two XBee Grove Development Boards - an innovative new board for XBee modules that incorporates the universal 4 pin connector used by Grove sensors, two XBee RF modules and micro-USB cables. With the kit, developers can gain an understanding of how to incorporate wireless connectivity into their solutions, as well as create prototypes for testing proofs-of-concept (POC).

"This is another step in our relationship with Digi-Key to enable hundreds of thousands of engineers to realize the value that Digi products offer," said Richard Halliday, vice president of channel sales and alliances, Digi International. "Working with Digi-Key provides an efficient way to expose all types of designers to the entire breadth of innovative wireless capabilities Digi International offers – and demonstrates how easy it can be to incorporate reliable, scalable and secure wireless connectivity within a variety of products and solutions."

"By providing this solution, engineers can quickly understand all the value that wireless connectivity can bring to their solution and how easy it is to incorporate," said David Stein, Vice President, Global Semiconductors at Digi-Key. "We're excited to continue introducing offerings that showcase the exceptional capabilities of the XBee product line."

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 XBee Dev Kits & Selection Guide.

The XBee Wireless Connectivity Kit includes:

  • XBee Grove Development Boards (2)
  • XBee 802.15.4 modules w/ PCB antenna (2)
  • Micro USB cables (2)

About Digi International

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is your mission-critical M2M solutions expert, providing the one of 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.digikey.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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