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…