IEEE Spectrum Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 37 – 46, May 2006

Bogus: Electronic Manufacturing and Consumers Confront a Rising Tide of Counterfeit Electronics

Sanjay Tiku
Microsoft,
Redmond, WA

Michael G. Pecht
Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE),
University of Maryland

Abstract:

This paper discusses the growing concern over the counterfeiting of electronics components and systems. Three key factors are identified as the root cause of this problem: the shift of manufacturing to China where intellectual property laws are not strictly enforced and supply chains are convoluted; the growing sophistication of technology that enables cheaper and more convincing fakes; and the rise of the Internet as a marketplace, allowing buyers and sellers make fast trades without ever meeting face to face. As many companies are learning the hard way, counterfeiting requires a constant, deliberate, and multifaceted effort, vigorous monitoring of potential trouble spots, and judicious use of anticounterfeiting technologies.

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