How to Counter Counterfeit Flash Memory

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https://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/11759/how-to-counter-counterfeit-flash-memory

Is your new flash memory device really new? Can you determine if it’s a recycled chip? University of Alabama engineers can.

Their simple method is based on the relatively high voltages — about 20 volts — needed to program and erase flash. The more a cell is programmed and erased, the more defects will accumulate in the oxide. This leads to an increase in the amount of current that leaks through the transistor when it’s supposed to be off, ...

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Risk Mitigation for Counterfeit Electronic Parts

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https://www.qualitymag.com/articles/94672-risk-mitigation-for-counterfeit-electronic-parts?

IEC Electronics Analysis and Testing Laboratory once again received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation.
The scope of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation includes several SAE AS6171 test methods for suspect/counterfeit electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) parts. According to the company, IEC is the first and only electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider with an on-site testing laboratory to receive this accreditation with the addition of SAE AS6171 test methods. The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is the internationally accepted specification of general requirements for ...

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PharmaceuticalsFood & BeverageElectronics & IndustrialCosmetics & Personal CareClothing & AccessoriesSecurity Documents & IT You can now 3D print digital traceability information

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3D printing has received an upgrade – it can now 3D print secure digital information such as QR codes, which could be used in anti-counterfeiting.

Introduced by Boston-based additive manufacturing firm Rize Inc, the development is the first example of Digitally Augmented Parts; essentially the printing of physical parts with digital information.

3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing), which produces a 3D object by depositing successive layers of a material on top of each other as directed by a ...

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Quantum technology helps prevent counterfeit electronics

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/quantum-technology-helps-prevent-counterfeit-electronics/article/497766

Researchers have taken a major step in terms of preventing counterfeiting. This is through generating unique atomic-scale identifiers based on the irregularities found in 2-D materials such as graphene.

Counterfeiters of electronic goods are going to have a harder job thanks to a new method for marking electronics on the atomic scale. A new advance in quantum physics can amplify such irregularities. This means it is possible to ‘fingerprint’ each electronic system, giving a unique optical tag identifier to ...

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Facing the challenges of obsolete components

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The problems of components becoming obsolete are set to get more severe, warned industry experts at a major conference last week in Bristol.

The International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM) saw over 100 engineers in the city looking at the challenges for systems in transport, power and industrial applications when replacement chips are no longer available. This is becoming more of a problem as recent semiconductor company mergers will see a large number of components and package styles becoming ...

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The Pentagon’s Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-pentagon-rsquo-s-seek-and-destroy-mission-for-counterfeit-electronics/

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit microchips. But finding these fakes—as they make their way through a complex global supply chain of fabrication facilities, assembly plants and parts distributors—can be like searching for a needle in a haystack (made entirely of other needles). The military estimates that up to 15 percent of all spare and replacement parts for ...

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The defense industry’s concerns regarding microelectronics is expanding beyond counterfeit components and into the realm of cybersecurity, according to a report issued this month by the Defense Science Board Task Force. Thanks in part to the defense department’s reliance on commercial electronics components, the task force found defense equipment can be susceptible to cyber attacks at almost any point during its considerable lifespan.

At the heart of the problem is the rapid pace of component obsolescence and practices in ...

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Important Webinar on April 4th, 2017

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Register to watch and ask questions regarding DFARS 252.246.7008:

Should Your Organization Be Concerned About DFARS 252.246.7008 and the Supply Chain Impact Regarding Obsolete and Counterfeit Components?

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Counterfeiting and piracy: not just about fake watches

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In February Frontier Economics produced a report detailing the economic problems associated with counterfeiting and piracy. WIPR spoke to Amar Breckenridge, a manager at the company, to discuss the report’s findings and why they are useful.

By 2022, international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods will total $991 billion. Digital piracy of movies, music and software will be worth between $384 and $856 billion. Legitimate economic activity valuing from $980 billion to $1.24 trillion will have been displaced.

These are ...

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DOD scientists say microchips in weapons can be hacked

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https://www.cyberscoop.com/dod-scientists-dsb-cyber-supply-chain-microchips-weapons-foundry/

Most of the U.S. military’s weapons systems were built without any effort to protect them from cyberattacks on hardware components, and there is evidence that some already have been fitted with digital backdoors, meaning an enemy could make them fail in a real conflict, Pentagon science advisers said.

In its latest report, the Defense Science Board published the results of research by its Task Force on Cyber Supply Chain, concluding that despite the risk, the capital cost of building ...

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