Artificial Intelligence & X-Ray Vision are Superpowers

Gartner’s Technology Hype Cycle puts many application of artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in around the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ or headed into the ‘trough of disillusionment.’ Meanwhile, very few have made it onto the ‘slope of enlightenment’ let alone the ‘plateau of productivity.’ We’ve been working with AI for a while now…

EBN@C-Level: Component Shortages & Counterfeits Create Electronics Conundrum

Component shortages have plagued original electronic manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers (CMs) for many months. Worse, those shortages are driving supply chain pros to look for new sources, which may open a back door to counterfeit parts trickling into the supply chain. Counterfeit components are anything but uncommon and probably, by all accounts, underreported. The…

Experts Advise on Avoiding Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit electronics remain the bane of the electronics industry. Fake parts create safety hazards, siphon off profits, and tarnish corporate images. Image courtesy: Pixabay The problem is huge by all accounts, and probably underreported. The fake semiconductor market has reached $75 billion according to Industry Week, while Havocscope estimates that $169 billion in counterfeit parts…

No Silver Bullet for Electronics Counterfeiting – Yet

The electronics industry has developed some of the most ground-breaking technologies in human history. Yet, the best minds in high-tech have been unable to overcome one of the industry’s most insidious challenges: counterfeit electronics. To some extent, technology advancements have only added to the problem: electronic components can now be cloned so well that they…

Cloned ICs: Better Specs Than Authentics

When I worked as an engineer for a manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment, purchasing would often ask us to provide second sources for various ICs. For those parts that had second sources, we would test the parts to verify that second-source parts met expected specs before deciding if the parts would work for us. Parts…

Insiders Pose Supply Chain’s Biggest Threat

The recent reports on the malicious infiltration into U.S. companies by the addition of a small chip on a motherboard exposed in alarming fashion how hackers are bypassing software security and are turning to hardware to gain access to and manipulate code, including at the operating system level. While these claims have been vehemently denied,…