Component Authentication and


Course Overview
Course Outline

Course Overview

This one day workshop begins with an introduction to electronic parts supply chain, the sources of authorized and unauthorized parts. Attendees will learn about the status of the electronic part distribution market and how it has changed over the past decade. The movement of the manufacturing and technology know-how across the globe will be covered to understand the international aspect of the counterfeit electronics supply chain. This part is followed by information on the extent of the counterfeit electronics problem with illustrative examples that emphasize the aspects of supply chain.

The second half of the workshop covers the tools and techniques that engineers need to understand for determining the risk levels of components that require authentication. Basic inspection and electrical testing will be covered with an emphasis on the tools and techniques necessary for positive identification of parts that are not authentic in their representation.  Attendees will also learn how to effectively engage specialist electrical and material testing laboratories in a cost effective manner to determine risk of counterfeit components. Engineers from leading US and international electronic manufacturing companies, government organizations and independent failure analysis laboratories have attended this workshop.


Course Outline

    1. Welcome and introductions
    2. Introduction to counterfeit electronic parts
    3. Electronic part supply chain
    4. Counterfeit parts: types and examples
    5. Sources of counterfeit parts
    6. Mitigation techniques and few anti-counterfeiting efforts
    7. Testing and characterization
      • Electrical Characterization
      • Optical Microscopy
      • X-Ray Microscopy
      • Scanning Acoustic Microscopy
      • X-ray fluorescence Spectroscopy
      • Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) / Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
      • Materials Characterization Tools



Michael Pecht
Bldg. 89, Rm. 1103
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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