21 Feb 2023 -

Counterfeit components showed ‘marked increase over the last 3 years’ – ERAI

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The supply chain monitor, ERAI, reported a total of 768 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts – a marked increase over the last three years.

From 2021 to 2022, there was an increase of 35% in the number of reported parts despite global semiconductor sales remaining flat during the same time period.

Factors that may have contributed to the increase include a return to pre-Covid operations for many companies and the reopening of supply chains globally.

“In 2022 we can see that the distribution of the components most commonly counterfeited remained unchanged compared to the last 5 and 10 years with analog ICs, programmable logic ICs and microprocessor ICs remaining the most targeted component types and accounting for more than a half of all reported component types. It also appears that the spike in capacitor counterfeiting observed during the last 5 years has ended as in 2022 the numbers of reported capacitors has returned to pre-spike levels,” writes ERAI in their 2022 Annual Report.

“We can observe that while all other component types have undergone a marked increase in the last year, analog devices have shown the largest year-to-year increase since ERAI has tracked this data. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in 2023 or if it is limited to just a one-year occurrence.”

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