Simple New Tool to Detect Counterfeit Electronic Components?

a better mousetrap

a better mousetrap

Everyone is looking for a new and simple tool to easily detect counterfeit electronic components, the old “build a better mousetrap” idea.  The answer is, there isn’t a single simple tool, BUT there is an unbelievably easy and inexpensive solution.

  • You don’t have to buy it
  • No extra staff costs
  • No new procedures
  • No training
  • No stress

Solution: A great independent distributor.  There are a few electronic component distributors in the market, including AERI, who do everything for you, so you do not have to worry about a thing.  (Urgent note: there are many distributors that say they do counterfeit testing to get your business. You must audit their procedures before ordering.)

There is no easy way to detect counterfeits without investing in expensive equipment, pricey engineers, complicated procedures, and extensive training.  Let the experts handle all of that so your company can focus on its own core competencies.

There is no mandate that your organization, itself, must be capable of detecting counterfeits.  Even the most widely accepted SAE AS5553 counterfeit avoidance document, created to give equipment manufactures clear direction, does not state that the manufacturers must have the competency to detect fake electronic components.  The document leaves that open to being performed by another entity.  Take advantage of the expertise already out there.

Before you take the leap of faith that this solution requires, here is a short list of the requirements that SAE’s AS6081 (US government adopted counterfeit detection document for distributors) requires of a distributor to be capable of in order to properly test parts for authenticity;

  • Document and packaging inspection
  • Detailed external visual inspection
  • Remarking and resurfacing tests
  • X-RAY inspection
  • XRF testing
  • Decapsulation

If your quality and audit team can receive assurance that your independent distributor is competent to utilize these tools, and are well trained in counterfeit detection inspection techniques, don’t try to re-invent the mousetrap.  Detecting counterfeits is too complicated and no single tool will ever be able to identify every counterfeit.

Man awaits sentencing for selling counterfeit electronic components

On Friday, March 28, 2014, Pennsylvania resident, Hao Yang, will face sentencing for conspiracy to traffic counterfeit electronic components into the United States from China.


After his arrest in June 2013, U.S. Immigration and Homeland Security Investigations identified Yang as a co-conspirator in a scheme to traffic in counterfeit military grade integrated circuits and fraudulently sell them as legitimate American-made parts.


From 2010 to June 2013, Yang and his co-conspirators created and operated several companies in Maryland and Pennsylvania to facilitate the conspiracy. In addition, he maintained numerous bank accounts to deposit his illegal commissions and make payments associated with his counterfeit activities. He also used the commissions he received from his co-conspirators to pay for living expenses and other purchases.


Counterfeit military electronic components sold in the US pose a threat to national security. By using counterfeit circuits, their malfunction or failure could likely have caused serious bodily injury or impaired military operations, personnel or national security.


As part of his plea agreement, Yang will be required to forfeit five bank accounts worth over $59,000, his 2010 Acura purchased with proceeds of the crime, and counterfeit computer software, DVDs, sports jerseys and other items with an approximate value of $280,720. Yang faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.


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March Manufacturer of the Month: Micron Technology

micron.jpgFor more than 35 years, Micron Technology’s talented teams of scientists, engineers, and visionaries have have created and cultivated technologies that fuel innovation and growth in new markets.

As a global manufacturer and marketer of advanced memory and semiconductor technologies, Micron offers a broad portfolio of devices, including DRAM, SDRAM, flash memory, SSD and CMOS image sensing chips. Today, many of their DRAM and Flash components are used in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial, embedded, and communications products, from computers, workstations, and servers to cell phones, wireless devices, digital cameras, and gaming systems.

The only DRAM manufacturer operating in the United States, Micron has a strong patent portfolio that gives it a technological edge on some of its competitors. Leveraging an expansive global footprint and proven technology leadership, Micron intends to expand its product portfolio by developing new and innovative products to meet the changing requisites of its consumers.

At AERI, we have a reputation as one of the most reliable and customer oriented independent electronic components distributors in the world. As a trusted supplier of high quality obsolete electronic components, one of our core strengths is access to hard-to-find Micron parts that are no longer in production. Click here for more information on Micron Technology electronics, or how to find AERI electronic components.

New Information Coming Out About Xilinx Lawsuit Against Flextronics

gavel (1)The lawsuit between FPGA supplier Xilinx and American supply chain solutions company, Flextronics, has brought to the surface several points of contention.

Originally, it seemed as though this lawsuit was initiated due to Flextronics reselling Xilinx electronics components in the open market in order to profit from their advantageous pricing. However, the fact that the Xilinx electronics parts were faulty, and possibly even counterfeit, seems to be the reason this lawsuit has come to fruition.

Profiting from top tier pricing may be why the Xilinx FPGA’s were substituted with substandard parts, but this new information seems to show that it is not the reason for the dispute. If the parts did not fail, would Xilinx, and potentially other manufacturers, try to stop the large contract electronic manufacturers from these types of profit making activities?

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February Manufacturer of the Month: Texas Instruments

TIThere are few companies that exist today that can match the record of innovations from the pioneering minds at Texas Instruments. As the founders of the first working integrated circuit (designed by renowned physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Jack Kilby), the first transistor radio, and the very first electronic handheld calculator, Texas Instruments has played an undeniably important  role in the advancement and growth of technology.


Today, TI’s core business is in producing semiconductors. Since its foundation in 1951, TI has grown to become the third largest manufacturer of semiconductors, the second largest supplier of chips for cellular handsets, and the largest producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors. Serving industries including digital communications, entertainment, medical services, education technology, automotive systems, and wide-ranging applications in between, Texas Instruments’ advanced products permeate daily life in many different ways.

American Electronic Resource has a reputation as one of the most reliable and customer oriented independent electronic components distributors in the world. As a trusted supplier of high quality obsolete electronic components, AERI carries a wide selection of hard-to-find Texas Instruments parts to suit as vast array of technological needs. Click here for more information on Texas Instruments electronics, or how to find AERI electronic components.

January Manufacturer of the Month: Xilinx Inc.

xilinx electronic partsXilinx Inc. is an American technology company in the business of designing and developing programmable devices for some of the most reputable companies in the world.

Established in Silicon Valley in 1984, the Xilinx co-founders set out to be the leading company designing, manufacturing, marketing, and supporting user-configurable logic arrays for the application-specific market. After introducing a groundbreaking new technology to the masses – the field programmable gate array (FPGA) – Xilinx quickly paved the way for innovation in the semiconductor industry.

Three decades later, Xilinx is the preeminent supplier of programmable logic devices, owning more than 50 perfect of the digital logic design market. As the world’s leading provider of all FPGAs, SOCs, and three-dimensional integrated circuits, Xilinx has been lauded by EE Times, EDN, and other distinguished electronics industry publications for their superior innovation and market impact.

Xilinx’s products and services are distinguished by their quality and reputation for customer satisfaction. Each of their industry-leading products serve equipment manufacturers in a broad range of markets, including:

  • Industrial
  • Consumer
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Video and Broadcast
  • Data Processing

As a trusted supplier of high quality electronic components, AERI is your one-stop shop for a wide selection of obsolete and hard-to-find Xilinx parts and components. Click here for more information on Xilinx electronics, or how to find electronic components.

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IDEA-ICE-3000 Inspection Qualifications – Counterfeit Electronic Component Avoidance

When it comes to buying parts from the open market, organizations must set up a line of defense against counterfeits in their QC departments.  This goes for OEM’s, CEM’s, Brokers, etc.  The number one way to catch substandard or counterfeit parts is with a well trained QC inspector.  There are all kinds of good tools out there to detect counterfeits (Decapsulation, XRF, Curve Trace, X-RAY, etc.), but the well trained inspector with minimal tools remains the #1 way to catch counterfeits and poor quality parts.  The use of more expensive tools catches the 1% of counterfeits that as good as the real thing.

How can you assure that your inspectors are well trained and can catch the fakes?  Most importantly they need to be an apprentice of a great QC inspector for months.  The IDEA-ICE-3000 certification program is an integral part of the inspector training.  The certification requires that an inspector is well versed in all of the conditions you can expect when purchasing parts from the open market.  The QC inspectors bible is the IDEA-STD-1010, which is full of great pictures, descriptions, and techniques to combat this unique problem.   The IDEA certification training includes relevant JEDEC standards as well.

At AERI, all of our inspectors are certified to IDEA-ICE-3000.  If you would like to learn more about how to prepare your QC team to catch the fakes, follow the link.

Come Visit our Booth at the Counterfeit Electronics West Conference

SMTA and CALCE are putting on an updated seminar to help keep us all up to speed with the latest threats and measures to counteract counterfeit components.  AERI will have a booth displaying our techniques and capabilities to assist manufacturers with their component needs.  Please visit us to so we can help to keep your production lines moving with high quality and authentic components.  We will be there to hear your component issues first hand so that we might be able to help you address some of your biggest challenges purchasing from the unauthorized supply chain,  For more info click here

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