Counterfeit Electronic Components. Overview and observations from recent counterfeit detection experiences Henry Livingston, BAE Systems. Device lead condition shows parts were used . Marking indicates an Op Amp from ADI…. … but contains die for a Voltage Reference from PMI.
Counterfeit Electronic Components
Overview and observations from recent counterfeit detection experiences
Henry Livingston, BAE Systems
Device lead condition shows parts were used
Marking indicates an Op Amp from ADI…
… but contains die for a Voltage Reference from PMI
Evidence of prior marking for a part with inferior performance …
Part number indicates a CLCC package, but this package is a CDP…
… accompanied by
bogus test report
… These are incidents that jeopardize the performance and reliability of electronics
… These are methods applied by Electronics Manufacturers and Government users to assure parts will fulfill equipment performance and reliability requirements
Design Chain Associates, LLC (http://www.designchainassociates.com/counterfeit.html)
“… perhaps 10 percent of the technology products sold worldwide are counterfeit …electronics companies miss out on about $100 billion of global revenue every year ...”
M. Pecht and S. Tiku, “Bogus: Electronic Manufacturing and Consumers Confront a Rising Tide of Counterfeit Electronics”, IEEE Spectrum, Vol.43, No.5, pp.37–46, May 2006.
Many other counterfeit cases have been discovered by users, but were not reported via GIDEP.
Data shown does not reveal instances where a GIDEP notice alerted another user who subsequently found counterfeits as a result of the notice.
Component manufacturers are aware of counterfeit cases involving their products, but generally do not report those cases via GIDEP or industry “watch dog” organizations.
We have been informed that one Government organization has reportedly discouraged such GIDEP notifications for fear of undermining a government investigation, but have had other Government agencies applaud GIDEP notifications
Data courtesy of GIDEP
Source: Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)[From “SIA Talking Points” (16 May 2007) provided by J Stradley, Chairman]
All involve Independent Distributors
Seventeen (17) unique part types.Broad variety of device functions. Ten (10) manufacturers represented.
Same unique part type obtained through several suppliers.
Twenty (20) USA based suppliers
One (1) UK based supplier
Eleven (11) China based suppliers
Origin unknown for all cases
Similar bogus test reports
Similar bogus test reports
Eight (8) out of our eighteen (18) cases trace back to sources in China… … Perhaps more.
Parts exchange hands several times before reaching the end user.
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Samples sizes must be large enough to account for this potential