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10/24/2011 01:13 PM EDT
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DAH2136
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DAH2136   10/24/2011 4:52:09 PM
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Now imagine that State was helping create the counterfeits. Pretty cool way of infiltrating a system.

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pdudley   10/24/2011 8:59:25 PM
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The solution is simple: Bring the manufacturing back HOME. Stop supporting slave labor, uncontrolled pollution and counterfeiting. The additional plus is it would also create jobs!

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fdunn0   10/24/2011 9:24:01 PM
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You actually think that the military and their contractors are going to learn from this? NOT! But I am in complete agreement with you as if/when we were to have political issues with these countries then no more parts for our military! I think the military are fools to purchase any component that is mission critical that is not designed and manufactured in the continental U.S.

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Code Monkey   10/24/2011 9:31:05 PM
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A chip company (or several) should sue CBP for their losses caused by pointless redaction. They'll change their interpretation of the Trade Secrets Act real fast. Counterfeit parts are a shameful cost for both consumers and OEMs. OTOH, this may spur the market for test equipment and microscopes.

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batavier   10/24/2011 9:34:00 PM
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There are two types of sources for parts: (authorized) distributors and brokers. Almost all military contractors I know, and work for or have worked for, only buy from factory authorized distributors. Buying from a broker, even ethical ones that have anti-counterfeit policies in force, poses an incalculable risk, for high-rel circuits,

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rtegg   10/24/2011 9:42:58 PM
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We have a solution to this problem that I am trying to get traction to. We use a small scaled 2-D array that is placed on ALL semi parts at the trusted facility. Data on this is a key which can be matched with an IT cloud. This creates a huge barrier for counterfeiters making a profit on product. It also is extremely cost effective at fractions of a cent per part. Each device can be quickly read and validated for authenticity. I would love the opportunity to showcase this more on EEtimes.

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DrQuine   10/24/2011 11:35:27 PM
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Obsolete components pose a serious challenge. If everything must be repaired using new components that can be directly traced back to the manufacturer then the failure of a single obsolete component can doom an entire system to the dustbin. Remaindering, resale, reuse, or recycling of components may be a legitimate process - the challenge is to ensure the integrity of the components. Could a system be developed which replicates the manufacturer's manufacturing line acceptance tests to validate components outside the supply chain and allow them to legitimately rejoin the pathway as needed?

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@(QjQ)@   10/25/2011 12:44:18 AM
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Hmmm ... we have "Fast and Furious" ... and we have this fiasco ... Citizens of the USA: There is only one way to fix these kind of problems ... caused by the over-bloated beauracracy in Washington ... We need to make that beauracracy smaller ... _much_ smaller! ...

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abraxalito   10/25/2011 3:52:26 AM
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McCloskey a lone 'bad apple'? I think not. Experience suggests this is just the tip of the iceberg, rather akin to Bernie Madoff.

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hkdale   10/25/2011 10:24:57 AM
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Already a government trial is underway marking chips using botanical DNA. See Applied DNA for more details

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