The entire electronics industry is now facing a much more insidious counterfeit threat than at any time in the past. The existence of cloned electronic components bearing the markings of major component manufacturers in today’s global supply chains has been clearly established within SMT’s labs over the past 3 years. The most worrisome aspect of these “made from scratch” fakes is their ability to easily pass current Industry-Standard counterfeit inspection processes and electrical testing to the manufacturers’ data sheet. My presentation will focus on several actual examples of this most concerning advanced counterfeiter capability and some of the processes utilized by SMT as an obsolescence component supplier and testing lab to mitigate this new and growing threat from making it to our OEM & CM customers.

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