Counterfeit Electronics: Detection and Avoidance

Course Overview
Course Outline
Past Customers
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Course Overview

The course will cover various authentication techniques that are being used and developed to make counterfeiting of electronics more difficult. It will include overt and covert methods of authentications. The course will close with specific suggestions and recommendations how you can protect your supply chain including how to select distributors and monitor your suppliers. It will also have recommendations to the electronic part manufacturers, regulators, government enforcement and procurement agencies on how to reduce the risks from counterfeit electronic parts.



Course Outline

    1. Introduction to counterfeit electronic parts

      • Definition
      • Associated risks
      • Participants of the supply chain
      • Types of distributors
      • Distributor assessment

    2. Electronic part supply chain

      • Extent of the problem
      • Methods of generation of counterfeit parts
      • Examples

    3.Counterfeit parts: types and examples

      • Excess inventories
      • Original manufacturers scrapped parts
      • Reclamation of parts during recycling
      • A look at the future: shift of high tech manufacturing to industrializing economies

    4. Sources of counterfeit parts

      • Short term measures
        • Supply chain management
        • Authentication including inspection
      • Long term measures

    5. Mitigation techniques

    6. Testing and characterization efforts

      • 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

    7. Closure


The course can be tailored depending on the needs of the customers.
Here is the link to the current course - Counterfeit Class

Past Customers

  • 10G
  • Acuity Brands Lighting
  • Airbus Group
  • Allied Electronics Inc
  • Area51 ESG Inc.
  • Apple
  • Air Force
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc.
  • Barco NV
  • Brooks Automation
  • Broy Engineering Ltd.
  • Caterpillar/10G
  • CMC Electronics
  • COTS Conference (2007) - Cleveland
  • Decisive Analytics Corporation
  • Defense Microelectronics Activity
  • Department of Defense


  • Embraer S A
  • Esterline - CMC Electronics
  • Harris Corporation
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • Institute for Defense Analyses
  • IPC Forum - Nevada
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Logitech Inc.
  • Meggitt SA
  • Microtek Laboratories
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Nokomis
  • Plexus Corporation
  • Raytheon
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SAIC
  • Sonos, Inc.
  • Sanmina-SCI Corporation
  • Smith & Associates
  • TCOM L.P.
  • Tektronix Component Solutions
  • Telecommunication Sytems
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • Trace Laboratories
  • TTI, Inc.
  • US Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Energy

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Dr. Diganta Das
Bldg. 89, Rm. 1101
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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