31 May '14, 12am

Spotting a fake isn't easy, so be smart about it! Build a defense to confound counterfeiters:

Organizations live and die by brand reputation. A single counterfeit or low-quality part can erode the quality of the whole end product. Criminals follow the cash. This handful of truths sums up the state of the electronics industry and counterfeiting. Counting the cost Although firm figures are hard to come by, it is generally agreed that counterfeiting in the electronics industry is a growing problem. Based on estimates culled from ERAI Inc., between January 2007 and April 2012, more than 12 million parts were involved in 1,363 incidents of counterfeiting reported to ERAI, which monitors, investigates, and reports issues affecting the global semiconductor supply chain, said Rory King, director, supply chain product marketing at IHS Inc., in a written statement. "Most people would agree that in the '90s we saw counterfeiting, but it was less sophisticated and of poorer qu...

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