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New Pentagon Policy Helps Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted By Christina Gerrish on May 27, 2014

Recently, and on the heels of an indictment accusing a Coos Bay, Ore. defense contractor of supplying counterfeit truck and helicopter parts to the US Military, the SIA has applauded a newly finalized Department of Defense (DoD) rule that reduces the risk of counterfeit semiconductor products being used by our military. The DoD rule addresses contractor responsibilities for detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts, and calls for the DoD to utilize trusted suppliers to mitigate the risk of counterfeits. The SIA has long advocated for measures to stop the dangerous proliferation of counterfeit semiconductor products. Counterfeiters often “harvest” semiconductor components from old circuit boards and then re-mark them to indicate they are new or that they have better performance than the original components. These counterfeit semiconductors, which may be indistinguishable from authentic semiconductors, are then sold through a network of international brokers, posing a risk to critical end products. “By working together to implement common sense policies like this DoD rule, we can win the fight against counterfeit semiconductor products and help ensure the safety of technologies that are vital to America’s economic and national security,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. (All courtesy of

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