Signal Transformer (a subsidiary of Bel Fuse Inc.), a leading manufacturer of standard and custom power transformers and high frequency magnetics, and Digi-Key Corporation, known by design engineers to have the industry's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement under which Digi-Key will distribute Signal's 150+ new series of SMD wire wound inductors to customers worldwide. Signal's RoHS-compliant, Pb-free, SMD wire wound series of inductors are engineered for employment in a broad array of consumer and industrial power applications including test and measurement, automotive electronics, and industrial process control. Encompassing 2,700 standard part numbers, the shielded and unshielded devices are used in DC to DC converters, switch-mode and regulated power supplies, telecommunications equipment, mobile phones, small-size pagers, computers, LCD displays, printers and other peripherals. These inductors are also appropriate in audio and video applications, and in LC resonant circuits such as oscillators and signal generators. In addition, these parts are used in impedance matching, circuit isolation, and RF filters. Available in extremely low-profile versions, these power inductors exceed industry standards for durability, thermal shock resistance, moisture, shock and vibration. They are capable of handling high peak transient currents without overload concerns. To optimize design flexibility, wide inductance ranges are offered in parts having the same footprint. "Local access to Signal's SMD wire wound inductors is a tremendous asset to our customers," said Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key's vice president of global interconnect, passive, and electromechanical products. "Our ability to provide design, prototype, and production quantities will enable customers to accelerate time-to-market while ensuring the utmost in quality standards." Sandy Axelrad, Signal's general manager, commented: "Signal is very pleased to partner with a world class distributor having a global customer base and a reputation for superior service, competitive pricing, and on-time delivery. We look forward to leveraging Digi-Key's experience and market reach, and are confident this distribution agreement will bring tremendous value to design engineers worldwide."
SMD inductors from Signal are now in stock and available for purchase on Digi-Key's global website.About Signal Transformer Acquired by Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ: BELFA) (NASDAQ: BELFB) in 2003, Signal Transformer ( www.signaltransformer.com) - headquartered in Inwood, NY, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of custom and standard SMT/through-hole wire wound magnetic components including high-frequency magnetics and chokes as well as ICT and power transformers in NEMA enclosures. Parts are used worldwide in the areas of industrial process control, power supply, test and measurement, medical and dental imaging, gaming, HVAC, factory automation, energy management, elevator security/fire safety, and lighting applications. Signal Transformer maintains an in-house IEC/ISO 17025 certified lab allowing the company to participate in CSA's Shared Manufacturing Testing & Certification (SMTC) program that speeds the approved use of the CSA/cCSAus marks on new designs. Fast service in obtaining safety certifications for UL, CSA, VDE, TUV, and compliance verification to IEC and CE mark are also available. Signal Transformer offers OEMs/ODMs, purchasing professionals, and contract manufacturers an unparalleled level of customer service and engineering support. About Bel Bel ( www.belfuse.com) and its divisions, including Signal Transformer, are primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of products used in networking, telecommunications, high-speed data transmission, commercial aerospace, military, transportation, and consumer electronics. Products include magnetics (discrete components, power transformers and MagJack® connectors with integrated magnetics), modules (DC/DC converters, integrated analog front-end modules, custom designs), circuit protection (miniature, micro and surface mount fuses) and interconnect devices (micro, circular and filtered D-Sub connectors, passive jacks, plugs and high-speed cable assemblies). The Company operates facilities around the world. About Digi-Key Corporation As one of the world's leading, totally integrated, Internet-based 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 two million products from over 500 quality name-brand manufacturers at www.digikey.com. A testament to Digi-Key's unparalleled commitment to service, North American design engineers have ranked Digi-Key as the #1 Most Preferred Distributor (UBM/ EE|Times Distributor Customer Preference Study/June 2011). With global sales for 2011 surpassing $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 www.digikey.com. Forward-Looking Statements Except for historical information contained in this press release, the matters discussed in this press release (including the statements regarding SMD wire wound inductors) are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements are: the market concerns facing our customers; the continuing viability of sectors that rely on our products; the effects of business and economic conditions; capacity and supply constraints or difficulties; product development, commercializing or technological difficulties; the regulatory and trade environment; risks associated with foreign currencies; uncertainties associated with legal proceedings; the market's acceptance of the Company's new products and competitive responses to those new products; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. In light of the risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will in fact prove to be correct. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.