16 Jun 2021 -

Chip shortage opens door to fake components, says Zdnet

Electronics counterfeit mitigation

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market, reports Zdnet.

“The current times are opening up a golden opportunity for electronic component counterfeiters and fraudsters to step in, writes Zdnet, adding, “It is only a question of time before the market is flooded with semiconductors that just about pass for authentic, but in reality, are illegal products that could pose huge safety risks.”

“Studies (in Japan) have shown since then that, as lead times extended for the component, manufacturers came under pressure to source parts quickly and started purchasing from third-party distributors. Before long, counterfeit products had made their way into the supply chain.”

Zdnet says “the risks of using counterfeit chips, even unknowingly, should not be underestimated”. They report that fraudsters typically use one of two methods to create fake products: cloning or recycling. “In both cases, the final product might meet basic quality standards, but it will not have gone through any of the testing processes or reliability criteria that authentic chip manufacturers invest time and money into.”

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