06 Nov 2020 -

Do you trust the companies that supply your ICs? asks EETimes

EET raises the difficulty issue of how to identify counterfeit components as one of the many Challenges of Supply Chain Security as well as asking, “Do you know and trust the companies that supply your integrated circuit components? What about the components that are used in the sub-assemblies of your systems?”

“Hardware components, from the very smallest parts through to major sub-assemblies, can be modified or counterfeit as well,” comments EETimes, adding that he U.S. Department of Defense has seen an increase in counterfeit integrated circuits used in its systems, so it’s unlikely that anyone is immune to such issues.

“We’ve seen some questionable reports about hardware supply chain security as well, where the evidence does not seem to stack up, but we can’t let that distract us from the fact that the risks are very real. You may not be concerned about your systems being used as spy tools for nation states, but you should certainly be concerned about low quality or fake components resulting in increased returns or risk of accidents.”

For more help in this area, Astute Electronics offer very reliable on-site labs for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive counterfeit testing, as shown here:

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

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