An article in EPS News claims that counterfeiters are trying to cash in on demand for older parts which are going through EOL (end of life) notifications.
According to the article, the problem is getting worse by the trend for shorter periods between the announcement of last buy opportunities and the actual obsolescence date; processes that were once taking 12-24 months are now happening in a matter of weeks in some cases.
“For high-rel applications which depend on long product life cycles to offset lengthy and expensive design and testing processes, the increased pace of change presents challenges. Often, buying enough product to cover a decade or more of continued manufacturing activity doesn’t make financial sense.”
What can you do? Among a range of practical steps, the article recommends OEMs to “work with their distribution partners to both detect and avoid counterfeit electronic components”.
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