EPS contributor Russ Arensman is an award-winning freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous U.S and international business and technology publications over the past three decades. He covered the semiconductor industry for nearly a decade as both a staff and freelance contributor to Electronic Business magazine. During most of the 1990s he worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, where he helped to launch Electronic Business Asia magazine and later the monthly business magazine Asia Inc. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers in Colorado. His professional honors and awards include a National Silver Award in the American Society of Business Press Editors’ annual Editorial Excellence Competition for an October 1998 Electronic Business article profiling Idaho-based Micron Technology and its CEO Steve Appleton. Russ earned a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University in 1981 and lives in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He is available for freelance writing and editing assignments, as well as corporate editorial projects, including articles, press releases, white papers, case studies, speeches, blog posts and market research. He can be reached at: arensman@rof.net

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…

Battelle Builds a ‘Barrier’ Against Counterfeit Chips

Tom Sharpe clearly recalls the first batch of “clone” semiconductors that turned up under the microscopes at his company’s Sandy Hook, Conn., test facility three years ago. SMT Corp., where he is vice president, specializes in detecting counterfeit chips, and most of those it had detected before then had been poor-quality, previously used chips that…