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Questions About Counterfeit Semiconductor Avoidance Continue to Dominate Conference Discussions.

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 30, 2012

As the latter half of day two approached, an executive panel on Anti-counterfeiting kicked off the afternoon. The basis of this panel was to outline the contracts in place, and end with specific modifications that should be made to the NDAA and Section 818 to rid the ambiguities. Between this panel discussion, and the earlier [...]


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Hurricane Isaac wasn’t the only contributor to the “winds of change” at the combined DMC/DMSMS Conference

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 28, 2012

This year’s DMSMS conference was originally scheduled for New Orleans in August, but hurricane Isaac had other plans. As a result, the conference was combined with this week’s DMC conference in Florida. This one venue is the culmination of what used to be 3 separate conferences 4 years ago; DMSMS, Standards, and DMC. The Standards [...]

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Jet-lagged but Ready for Business.

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 21, 2012

It’s all over. In the blink of an eye the week at Electronica is done. With over 200 meetings logged in and accounted for, we have more on our plate for follow-up than we ever could have imagined. After a weekend of rest (and recuperation from jet-lag), this week is filled with phone calls and [...]


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Europe has a lot to say about Counterfeit Semiconductors. Part II: Both the exhibitors and the customers agree about the solution.

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 15, 2012

Rochester and all the companies exhibiting at Electronica, especially the original component manufacturers, are looking to help customers by providing authorized components that eliminate the possibility of counterfeit. As counterfeiters get more sophisticated, they are employing increasingly clever techniques to pass off fake components. However, what is interesting is that 40% of counterfeit components that [...]

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Europe has a lot to say about Counterfeit Semiconductors. Part I: When can you compare a semiconductor to a sausage?

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 14, 2012

Everyone knows that counterfeit is not limited to just electronics. But, as one of our OCM contacts said today, “A counterfeit purse is still a purse. Yes, it’s harmful to the company’s brand, but you’re not going to get hurt or die if the handle breaks off prematurely…” Electronics counterfeiting is like fake medicine or [...]


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It’s all about “educating the visitors” at COG Obsolescence Day at Electronica 2012.

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 13, 2012

The Components Obsolescence Group (COG) started in the UK in 1997 when equipment manufacturers recognized that there was a growing problem with component obsolescence, specifically with semiconductors. COG created a forum where equipment manufacturers, users and solution providers can share information on obsolescence solutions.By 2000, COG UK had grown to more than 150 company members, [...]

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Munich, electronica 2012 and the economy

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Nov 12, 2012

 In 2010, the city of the Munich, Germany bid a temporary farewell to the biggest, premier electronics show in Europe. It is hard to believe that two years have come and gone, but needless to say, members of the electronics industry are packed up, re-energized, and thrilled to be heading back to Munich for Electronica [...]