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Obama to Sign Bill Combating Counterfeit Chips

2/12/2016 07:00 AM EST
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Re: What is counterfeit?
docdivakar   2/13/2016 6:27:13 PM
There are plenty of docs from government websites inclulding the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) that define what a coutnerfeit part is.

FAR/DFAR 48 CFR 202.101 defines couterfeits as:

(1) An unauthorized copy or substitute part that has been identified, marked, and/or altered by a source other than the part's legally authorized source and has been misrepresented to be from a legally authorized source;

(2) An item misrepresented to be an authorized item of the legally authorized source; or

(3) A new, used, outdated, or expired item from a legally authorized source that is misrepresented by any source to the end-user as meeting the performance requirements for the intended use.

A salvaged original package, prepped and resold is also considered a counterfeit!

MP Divakar

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What is counterfeit?
Kevin Neilson   2/12/2016 8:44:03 PM
What is a counterfeit chip?  The article doesn't explain the concept.  Is it a chip that is labeled as being an ARM when it's really a 74LS00?  Is it a functionally equivalent chip synthesized from different source code?

I think they are abusing the term "counterfeit" if they are referring to reused parts.  If I buy a Corvette from a used car dealership instead of straight from GM, it's not "counterfeit", no matter how much GM would prefer me to buy it new.

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More about competition than counterfeits
Josh.Pine   2/12/2016 1:02:25 PM
It isn't counterfreits they're afraid of it, its old stock being resold on the secondary market.  When a OEM sends a 1000 parts to the far east contract manufacturer and then only builds up 600 of them, those 400 parts go back into the market.  The chip manufacturers just want those parts to go away.  The other thing is US chip manufacturers want to have their products made in Asia, but make sure than none of those parts are being skimmed of the line and resold in the US.  Sure their are some bogus parts, but we don't need customs involved, just don't buy your parts off E-bay when you're making a heart/lung machine.

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