Electronics Counterfeiting: Tiny Tags, Big Solutions?

Despite the best efforts of component makers, distributors and equipment manufacturers, counterfeit electronics still enter the supply chain. Counterfeiting has cost the semiconductor industry as much as $7.5 billion related to brand damage, product replacement and repairs, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). No single solution has evolved that definitively combats counterfeiting in electronics.…

Why Barcode Labeling Matters in Electronics, Part 2

The ubiquitous labels that accompany electronics shipments are more complicated than most people imagine. Barcodes on these labels are packed with standard information such as the manufacturer of the product and part number. However, many parties along the supply chain – raw materials suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, sub assemblers and end-customers—want unique information in barcodes…

ECIA Paper Compares Anti-Counterfeit Standards

The alphabet soup that is part of counterfeit-avoidance is difficult enough; poring through the available standards almost requires a scorecard. The ECIA has done some of the work for the industry in comparing the final rule from the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS), which added. section 252.246-7007 Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System;…

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Traceability: A Counterfeiting Panacea or a Cure?

Discussions regarding counterfeit electronics components almost inevitably come around to finger-pointing: if a bogus part enters the supply chain it is distribution’s fault; or independent distribution’s; or the buyer’s; or a situation that require buyers to go outside the authorized channel; or COTS programs; or an EMS. Original component manufacturers (OCMs) and OEMs are rarely involved in…

Battelle Intros Anti-Counterfeiting Detection for ICs

Columbus, Ohio –  Battelle today announced Barricade™, a new technology that eliminates the risk of counterfeit integrated circuits in devices for aerospace and defense systems, critical infrastructure, medical devices and other essential systems. Barricade provides fast, non-destructive authentication of electronic components from both trusted and untrusted sources, enabling separation of cloned or counterfeit components from authentic ones…

Massive $20B Components Waste Haunts Supply Chain

The electronics industry urgently needs an energetic components exchange program to help address an inventory imbalance that is distorting the supply chain and resulting in the wastage of parts valued in excess of $20 billion annually, says a top industry executive. While some companies are implementing programs for helping customers individually address the problem it…

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…