Over the past several years the electronics industry has seen a marked increase in the prevalence of counterfeit electronic components. Counterfeiters have attacked every commodity of electronics, from simple components such as capacitors, to complex integrated circuits such as microprocessors. Inexpensive commercial devices, as well as high cost military components, have seen counterfeiting. Today the problem continues with no indication of improvement. Today’s counterfeit components are demonstrating that the counterfeiters are continuing to improve their techniques.
There are as many types of counterfeit devices as there are counterfeiters in the world. To help explain the issue and to manage the associated risks, one suggested method is to divide counterfeit parts into two major categories; non-functional counterfeits and functional counterfeits.
Author: Integra Technologies