The counterfeit issue within the semiconductor industry has been a hot topic throughout the United States more recently than in years past due to the increase in reported cases.
In a recent article, CBC News in Canada reported about Canada's most recent encounter with fake parts in a major military aircraft, which, to our surprise, has not pushed for immediate replacement of the questionable components.
The Canadian military was quoted in the article as saying: "At this point in time, other than continuing to be vigilant, we don't have any particular concerns in this country..." It is messages like this that are discouraging to members of the semiconductor supply chain who have been diligent in providing the required traceable devices to help out customers, both domestically and internationally.
Fortunately, there are "messengers" all over the world talking about the dangers of counterfeit. In Canada, one of them is Mark Tayles. Below is an excerpt from his latest article, "Still Clear, Still Present, Still Dangerous":
A follow-on CBC News report this week doesn't reassure me that we appreciate the intrinsic nature of electronics and the potential danger from counterfeit devices.
Quoted is Martine Simard-Normandin (president and founder of Ottawa-based laboratory, MuAnalysis, a leading test facility for suspect counterfeit parts). 'I would not feel comfortable flying that aircraft, knowing they have used parts of essentially unknown traceability.'
Are you willing to be one of the industry's "messengers" about the dangers of counterfeiting? Let us know.
About the author: George Karalias is Director of Marketing and Communications for Rochester Electronics. He has worked with the company for over ten years and his experience in the high-tech and computer industries started in 1983 when he graduated from Boston College. Early in his career, George worked for some of the best advertising and marketing companies in New England. On the corporate side, George has directed the marketing and branding of several companies including Avid Technology, the pioneer in digital video editing. In 2006, before it was considered a serious problem, George helped Rochester launch an awareness campaign about the counterfeit issue in the semiconductor industry with a well-attended symposium and the creation of the SIA's Anti-Counterfeit Task Force. Follow news on Rochester Electronics through Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. George can be contacted through Twitter or LinkedIn.
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