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,…

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…

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…

Another Year, Another Counterfeit Case

Another year, another counterfeiter. The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced in December that component distributor Jeffrey Warga, 61, of North Kingstown, R.I., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Judge in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. What is particularly notable about this…

SAE Anti-Fake Rule Emphasizes the Channel

There are a number of problems associated with counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain, chief of which is the lack of agreement on a single standard for counterfeit prevention. However, the SAE, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, recently published an international standard that focuses…

Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…