Digi-Key Corporation to Sponsor Engineering Essentials Counterfeit Electronic Components Series Hosted by Penton

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - February 28, 2011

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, is sponsoring Counterfeit Electronic Components, a series of Engineering Essentials webcasts produced by Penton Electronics Group, the first to air on March 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST.

Gregory Zawitoski, Director of Business Development for Government Contracts of National Semiconductor's Trusted Solutions Business Unit, will present during the March 2 webcast. The series will include four live episodes and will discuss the danger of acquiring counterfeit products in the electronic component industry.

Counterfeit parts have become a major problem in the electronic component industry, resulting in higher costs, reduced performance, product failures, and extensive program delays. By some estimates, the counterfeiting of electronic parts may cost the industry as much as $100 billion a year.

"As a trusted source for electronic components, Digi-Key considers the content of these webcasts to be considerably significant. We hope the audience and interested employees of supply chains in this industry will gain the knowledge to avoid counterfeit devices and the distribution of products that are a hazard to distributors in this business," said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key's Vice President of Global Supplier and Product Operations.

Those interested in listening to the live webcasts may register by clicking on the link below: http://www.on24.com/

Digi-Key Corporation 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.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, 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 three million products from over 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 on the Digi-Key website.