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Apr 22, 2020

Chinese retailers have been caught “in large volumes” by a rash of counterfeit Intel processors with varying defects, from modified IHS (integrated heat spreaders) to no CPU die – effectively leaving customers with a piece of green silicon, reports website Notebook Check.

They say a report by Chinese outlet HKEPC indicates that the country’s Intel CPU retailers are facing a major counterfeiting issue. The report indicates that Chinese CPU retailers have been attempting to return counterfeit processors. Intel stated that it will not honor RMAs on counterfeit parts. 

In a related article, Electronics Specifier, suggests manufacturers are at risk of being stung by counterfeit products. “With the industrial supply chain awash with counterfeit parts, manufacturers must take steps to protect their operations. When dealing with an equipment supplier, it is recommended to choose authorised distributors wherever possible.”

Astute Electronics is run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts. For complete peace of mind, Astute offers the ACAP (Astute Counterfeit Avoidance Programme) whereby parts obtained through non-traceable routes are subjected to rigorous destructive and non-destructive testing. More information on counterfeit mitigation