Can High-Tech Solve its own Counterfeit Electronics Problem?

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…

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,…

ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

DFARS and Testing as the Quality Litmus Test, Part 2

Recently EPS and Verical.Connect have focused on the issues of counterfeit mitigation and the recent (9/21/2015) proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).  Among the amendments is a proposal to extend DoD sourcing practices from the traditional military/aerospace specification standards to include COTS components. To consider the impact of these issues…

DFARS and Testing as the Quality Litmus Test, Part 1

Recently EPS and Verical.Connect have focused on the issues of counterfeit mitigation and the recent (9/21/2015) proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).  A common theme is the continual raising of the quality bar. The proposed amendments to DFARS this year mirrors this raising of the bar and clearly lays forth…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

Quality & Traceability: Critical to Procurement

This month, Verical.Connect and EPS have taken a very close and important look at the cornerstones of quality and anti-counterfeiting strategies in the semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Sourcing and procurement have grown, expanded, and decidedly matured in terms of business operations/processes as well as the role that these departments play in the corporation. Quality…

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;…

Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that…