George Karalias, Director, Marketing & Communications, Rochester Electronics
George Karalias is Director of Marketing and Communications for Rochester Electronics. He has worked with the company for more than 10 years. His experience in the high-tech and computer industries started in 1983 when he graduated from Boston College. Early in his career, he worked for some of the best advertising and marketing companies in New England. On the corporate side, George has directed the marketing and branding of several companies including Avid Technology, the pioneer in digital video editing. In 2006, before it was considered a serious problem, he helped Rochester launch an awareness campaign about the counterfeit issue in the semiconductor industry with a well attended symposium and the creation of the SIA's Anti-Counterfeit Task Force. He can be reached at gkaralias@rocelec.com.

Dan Deisz, Director of Design Engineering, Rochester Electronics
Dan Deisz has more than 25 years of experience in design engineering, technology marketing, and engineering management. He was at LSI Logic for 20 years where he supported several hundred ASIC designs through the signoff process, managed all the North American Design Centers, and ended his tenure in Technology Marketing. Dan currently manages the Design Group at Rochester Electronics and is based out of its Rockville, Md., office. He can be reached at  ddeisz@rocelec.com.

Counterfeiters Give ‘Blacktopping’ a Bad Name

In the semiconductor industry, “blacktopping” doesn’t mean paving roads or sealing cracks in an old driveway; it’s resurfacing a semiconductor component to display new information such as date codes. Unfortunately, blacktopping is getting a bad rap because counterfeiters use this practice as a way to disguise devices as “real” when, in fact, they are the product…

COTS a Mixed Bag for Defense Spending

The U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the government’s budget restraints. Uncertainty around government spending has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS…

DNA Marking: What is the other Option?

The semiconductor industry and its supply chain partners would benefit from a collaborative effort with the government to develop a more comprehensive and effective anti-counterfeiting technology. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has already put in, at minimum, five full years of research to bettering the semiconductor supply chain and is willing to work side-by-side with the government…

Transitional EOL Cuts Last-Time-Buy Pains

Semiconductor End-of-Life (EOL) announcements can cause procurement stress and lines-down situations. When an EOL notification is issued, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) may find themselves in the position of having to make a last-time-buy (LTB) purchase that will cover the duration of its manufacturing and/or in-field maintenance. Customers that have a large timeline disconnect between the EOL…

Get Smart About Green

Many electronics companies need components that, for one reason or another, have been discontinued by the manufacturer. At the same time, green legislation can make finding the right parts difficult. Equipment with long lifecycles, such as medical systems, military and defense equipment, and industrial machinery, often needs repairs that require a component that was made…