Tag Archives: counterfeit components

Are Counterfeit Components Really a Problem?

By Tony Hilvers, IPC Vice President of Industry Programs Periodically, an industry publication will breathlessly report a story about the incredible cost of counterfeit components. It’s very exciting news. For example, according to an IHS ISupply study, “The risks of counterfeit semiconductors are both financially high and potentially fatal. The components represent $169 billion in […]

Counterfeit Components CD ROM – Launching in the US at IPC APEX EXPO

By Bob Willis SMART Group is a member of ChipCheck, a European funded project looking at the problems associated with counterfeit components and a practical solution for the electronics industry. Nigel Burtt and Bob Willis from the SMART Group Technical Committee have contributed to an interactive CD-ROM on Counterfeit Components which is being released to […]

Is your company up-to-date on recent and proposed changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?

The U.S. State Department recently made changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which govern work with U.S. Munitions List (USML) items that are considered critical to national security. A new exemption to allow the “hand carrying” of ITAR regulated data was announced in the Federal Register on August 27, 2010. This exemption, […]

Counterfeit parts on rise

The occurrence of counterfeit electronics throughout the DoD supply chain is soaring. A four-year study found that fake parts are increasingly undermining the military’s ability to maintain equipment. A survey (.pdf) driven by the Navy found a huge rise in the occurrence of bogus parts, which rose from 3,868 incidents in 2005 to 9,356 incidents […]

Research and Development Tax Credit Extension Passes U.S. Senate

On March 10 the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 62 to 36 “The American Workers, State, and Business Tax Relief Act” (H.R. 4213) that includes a seamless one year extension of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit through the end of December 31, 2010. IPC, and fellow members of the R&D Credit Coalition, […]

Specific Steps to Protect Your Company from Counterfeit Components by Bob Willis

In this video, Bob Willis discusses specific steps for creating a reference database and golden board assembly to fight against counterfeit components and when, why and how these tools are useful. Bob will be teaching a half-day course on this subject at IPC APEX EXPO on April 8.

Chipmakers move to thwart counterfeiters

Component suppliers are taking action to slow the rise in counterfeit parts. STMicroelectronics and Atmel just announced techniques that employ cryptography that makes it more easier to ensure that unauthorized parts don’t make it into end products. Bogus parts continue to cause problems throughout the supply chain, forcing EMS providers, end users and others to […]

Webinars on key issues available for at-your-desk training

COMPTRACE-0609 What You Can Do About Component Traceability Webinar The problem of counterfeit components continues to escalate. It is no longer limited to high value items like semiconductors. It can include connectors, resistors, passive components or anything that is in demand. What more could you be doing to ensure that the components you purchase are […]