Counterfeit parts

Watch out for well-made (counterfeit) chips. Counterfeit parts are big headache. Saelae tells that they noticed first that many more boards than normal were failing the functional test. The USB chip was running hot. It turned out that every last part was an old revision corresponding to a different (obsolete) part number – the parts had been relabeled with a modern part number.

Counterfeit Electronic Parts presentation from NASA gives examples of counterfeit ICs and information on business around counterfeit electronics.

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Counterfeit components can be a a big business and safety risk. Criminal Prosecution – Who can be held liable for the sale of counterfeit parts? is an inside look at the unscrupulous business practices that plague the open market and the liability that could accompany this unethical conduct. This article is intended to serve as a warning to sales, purchasing and management representatives involved in the purchase or sale of integrated circuits in the open market. Ignorance is not a defense. It will likely be difficult, if not impossible, for any representative of the open market to argue that they were “unaware” of the risks.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Your Components are probably FAKE! Soooo is that BAD?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_hIVtcx6CA

    In this video we will be having a closer look at electrical components because there is definitely a possibility that your components are fake/counterfeit. So I will show you why fake components exist, what their problems are and how you can spot them/test them. Let’s get started!

    0:00 Fake Components?
    1:23 Intro
    2:00 How Fake Components come to be
    3:11 MOSFET Fake Testing
    6:12 OpAmp Fake Testing
    8:50 Verdict

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Your Components are probably FAKE! Soooo is that BAD?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_hIVtcx6CA

    0:00 Fake Components?
    1:23 Intro
    2:00 How Fake Components come to be
    3:11 MOSFET Fake Testing
    6:12 OpAmp Fake Testing
    8:50 Verdict

    Reply
  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to spot counterfeit electronic components
    https://cdn.baseplatform.io/files/base/ebm/electronicdesign/document/2022/04/How_to_spot_counterfeit_electronic_components___A2_ES.625ee12795815.pdf

    Counterfeits electronic components are Electronic components that are misleading as to the origin or
    quality relating to the parts. It is possible to counterfeit a certain electronic component and potentially
    infringe one’s trademark license rights.
    Counterfeit parts often have inferior specifications and quality. They may be a hazard in a critical
    system such as an aircraft navigation and life support equipment or space vehicle. The sale in
    consumer markets of electronic components making it easier for counterfeiters to integrate inferior
    and counterfeit goods into the market.
    The Global Chip Shortage has affected our lives more than you think, and it’s not solely due to low
    supply. One of the main reasons is very high demand. The demand for electronic products that use
    microchips like computers, smartphones, tablets, and even vehicles has skyrocketed in recent
    months.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WALMART CAUGHT SELLING FAKE HARD DRIVE THAT JUST SHREDS YOUR DATA
    https://futurism.com/the-byte/walmart-fake-hard-drive-technology

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FBI antoi varoituksen vaarallisista akuista – tarkkaile näitä merkkejä https://www.is.fi/digitoday/mobiili/art-2000009115183.html

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to spot counterfeit electronic components
    https://cdn.baseplatform.io/files/base/ebm/electronicdesign/document/2022/04/How_to_spot_counterfeit_electronic_components___A2_ES.625ee12795815.pdf

    Counterfeits electronic components are Electronic components that are misleading as to the origin or
    quality relating to the parts. It is possible to counterfeit a certain electronic component and potentially
    infringe one’s trademark license rights.
    Counterfeit parts often have inferior specifications and quality. They may be a hazard in a critical
    system such as an aircraft navigation and life support equipment or space vehicle. The sale in
    consumer markets of electronic components making it easier for counterfeiters to integrate inferior
    and counterfeit goods into the market.

    Reply
  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Perhaps It’s Time To Talk About All Those Fakes And Clones
    https://hackaday.com/2022/12/05/perhaps-its-time-to-talk-about-all-those-fakes-and-clones/

    We all like cheap instruments, whether they are a logic analyser, an SDR, a spectrum analyser, or whatever. Sometimes the cheap products are based upon open source projects, such as the NanoVNA vector network analyser we looked at a while back, but it’s important to be aware that just as often they are clones of commercial products that have had a huge research and development applied to create them.

    There may be some open-source enthusiasts who would respond that all such things should be open source hardware anyway, and that the devices have been somehow “set free” by the cloners.

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