counterfeit components, seizures

How to Weaken the Link Between Component Shortages & Counterfeits

Component shortages always prompt OEMs and EMS providers to seek alternative sources. Periods of scarcity also exacerbate the flow of counterfeit devices into the electronics supply chain. The extent of this problem remains an unknown as incidents of counterfeits are under-reported. But there are estimates: The counterfeit semiconductor market has reached $75 billion according to Industry…

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Orange County Distributor Charged With Selling Counterfeit ICs

The electronics industry has tried a number of mechanisms to prevent counterfeit ICs and other components from entering the supply chain. Unfortunately, counterfeits remain all too common. The U.S. Department of Justice announced it has charged distributor PRB Logics Corp. of Orange County, California, with the sale of counterfeit components. The counterfeit ICs could have been…

Report: Anti-Counterfeit Efforts Don’t Thwart Cyber-Threats

The defense industry’s concerns regarding microelectronics is expanding beyond counterfeit components and into the realm of cybersecurity, according to a report issued this month by the Defense Science Board Task Force. Thanks in part to the defense department’s reliance on commercial electronics components, the task force found defense equipment can be susceptible to cyber attacks…

Industry Favors Final Anti-Counterfeit Rule

The final Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule regarding the sourcing of electronic components is being viewed favorably by advocates of the authorized supply chain. The rule, issued August 2, incorporates language suggested by the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and other industry groups that clarifies terms, such as “authorized dealer” and “trusted supplier;” and issues,…

Mil/Aero Conference Focuses on Component Reliability

The 20th annual Components for Military & Space Electronics Conference (CMSE 2016), the industry’s premier forum designed to present the best practices for component and project engineers, quality assurance and supply chain personnel engaged in military and space electronic systems, will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Los Angeles, CA from March 6 –…

Man Admits Smuggling Components to Russia

Component manufacturers and their distributors go to great lengths to comply with U.S. laws that restrict the sale of certain high-tech goods to nations that are considered unfriendly to the United States. These laws, in part, are designed to protect U.S. intellectual property and to keep weapons- and intelligence-based technologies out of the hands of…