Issue: May 2010


Navman Wireless OEM Solutions Expands U.S. Distribution Via Digi-Key Corporation



by Steve Barclay

Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a leading designer and manufacturer of world-class Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment. The new distribution arrangement further extends Navman Wireless OEM Solutions' product availability in the United States, and gives customers quicker access to the company's selection of GPS products for OEM applications.

Founded in 1972, Digi-Key Corporation is today one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the world, with nearly $1 billion in annual sales. The distributor focuses on providing customers with superior service, which includes product selection and availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using leading-edge processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA.

"With today's announcement, Navman Wireless OEM customers will find that our products are not only available faster and in greater quantity, but also supported by a world-class service team," said George Arnott, vice president Global OEM Solutions, Navman Wireless OEM Solutions. "Working together, our technical sales team and Digi-Key will ensure the most competent, innovative and responsive service capability in the GPS segment."

Effective immediately, Navman Wireless' GPS modules and sensors, tracking devices, data terminals, and accessories are available for purchase on Digi-Key's U.S. websites. Additionally, these products will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

"We are confident the addition of Navman Wireless' GPS products to Digi-Key's broad product offering will provide more options and solutions for our customers," said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key's vice president of semiconductor product. "We are committed to maintaining stock on the highest quality inventory and welcome the opportunity to add Navman Wireless to our list of leading manufacturers."

Navman Wireless' GPS products allow for easy integration and customization in various applications and enable design engineers to develop and utilize faster time-to-market solutions. To learn more about Navman Wireless OEM Solutions and its range of technologies for automotive, public safety, asset tracking and consumer products, visit the company's website at http://www.navmanwirelessoem.com/.

About Navman Wireless OEM Solutions:

Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA., Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navman Wireless Holdings, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative GPS solutions for various OEM applications, from personal and asset tracking solutions to automotive solutions. Navman Wireless has more than twenty years of experience serving the GPS markets and has sold millions of high-performance GPS modules worldwide. www.navmanwirelessoem.com.

About Digi-Key Corporation

As one of the world's fastest-growing 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 1.5 million products from over 440 quality name-brand manufacturers. A testament to Digi-Key's unparalleled commitment to service, North American design engineers have ranked Digi-Key #1 for Overall Performance for 18 consecutive years (EE Times Distribution Study/August 2009). Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.

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