Quantum technology helps prevent counterfeit electronics

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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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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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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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Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more

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New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.

The report, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, was commissioned by the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), and conducted by research firm Frontier ...

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New gadget to detect counterfeit cables

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The USB-C cable might be the new standard in connecting electronics but it’s also becoming the latest piece of kit to be counterfeited, which could be putting devices at risk.

Tech firm Satechi, however, has launched a gadget to detect faulty and counterfeit cables.

The USB Type C cable has the same Type C connectors at both ends, unlike other USB cables, which have different sized plugs for different devices. The Type C plug is about a third of the ...

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How does China respond to US chip threats? With a $30 billion factory

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Tsinghua Unigroup is investing $30 billion in a factory that will make DRAM and flash storage, striking at the heart of a chip battle between the US and China.

For China, actions speak louder than words, especially in the escalating chip battle with the U.S., which has been hurling out verbal threats in recent months.

The Chinese chip infrastructure is getting a serious boost from Tsinghua Unigroup, which is investing US$30 billion in a new foundry to make chips. ...

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