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Bloomberg: Supply constraints are driving inflation

Prices are rising all over the world at a pace that hasn’t been seen in decades, and central banks have responded by lifting rates, writes Bloomberg. And according to a Federal Bank analysis, supply factors account for more than half of the current level of inflation,...

Counterfeit components thrive in time of shortened obsolescence

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...

Hyundai to manufacture their own automotive chips

"Take back control!" A message often used by politicians is now being heeded by Hyundai, who recently announced they will be manufacturing their own chips to secure the own supply chain as it moves into the electric vehicle industry. EVs require an estimated 500 to...

Counterfeit chip market is ‘thriving’

Aug 3, 2022

“There is a thriving counterfeit chip market out there,” writes Vineeth Venugopal on The Medium. The pandemic triggered “a counterfeit chip crisis, where many fake chips were pushed onto the market on unsuspecting chip hungry consumers”.

  • He says there are several types of fake chips, including:
  • Grey market recycled chips are reused parts scavenged from old boards or products. The fact that they are not authentic can be difficult to detect.
  • Fraudulent chips or clones are functionally and visually similar to the original manufacturers’ products but security back doors or hidden functionalities.
  • Over-produced and failed parts include components that fail testing and are pushed back into the supply chain. They may operate incorrectly under certain conditions or fail before their normal expected lifetime.
  • Parts which are over-produced by the factory, or some portion of tested-good parts recorded as failed by the test house, with the excess good parts diverted to the fraudulent channel.

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