Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air

Several years ago, we told you about how researchers at the University of Washington had developed wireless devices that are powered and communicate solely by harvesting signals from existing television and cellular transmissions in the air. At the time, the technology had interesting implications for sensors, ultra-low-power devices, and other technologies that have since formed…

Testing for Counterfeits & Quality: The Rise of 3rd-Party Labs Fights Clones

The role of electronic component testing continuously matures and evolves as our historical databases and sophisticated methods of ensuring quality and functionality are improved. Additionally, and unfortunately, the state of counterfeiting also matures and demands more sophisticated testing methods, one of the recent industry discussions has been the rise of clone counterfeit parts. Kirk Wehby,…

From Counterfeit Electronics to Clones: You Can’t Afford to Ignore Them

A new type of electronic counterfeit part has arrived in force into commercial and, probably, military supply chains. Cloned parts, of original manufacture and made to spec by apparently well-heeled counterfeiters, can pass industry-standard visual package inspection and most data sheet parameter electrical testing. This means that some industry standards, some not yet released, may…