Buying counterfeit semiconductors is a risky business.

Semiconductors are the core of electronic systems used in high-reliability markets such as industrial, transportation, military, medical, energy, civil aviation, automotive, and telecommunications. Counterfeit and substandard products introduce major risks to the health, safety, and security of people around the world.

In 2006, Rochester Electronics launched a comprehensive anti-counterfeit awareness campaign with our OCM partners on exposing counterfeit and substandard products in the supply chain. Rochester hosted a symposium with our OCM partners hosted to raise awareness of this critical risk which was attended by representatives from our customer base, industry experts, and government officials. Rochester initiated the formation of the Semiconductor Industry Association's [SIA] Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) and is an active participant promoting best procurement practices combating counterfeit and substandard products working collaboratively with Customs and Border Protection, DOJ and other legal entities.

Ways to Avoid Counterfeit & Substandard Products:

  • Only buy products from the OCM or their authorized distributors and licensed manufacturers.
  • Purchase from a supplier that carries a full warranty for performance, quality, and reliability.
  • Ensure the supplier complies with industry standards for handling and preservation with quality certifications as appropriate to the sale of the final product.