I am very excited about a project presented at the SMTA-CALCE Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Supply Chain Symposium this week. DoD has a project underway to assess various counterfeit detection and confirmation technologies. The purpose of this project is to identify the “best” technologies and tools available for hardware test and evaluation of counterfeits with a focus of electronic components. The initial focus of the project is integrated circuits and the results presented at the symposium were a first cut at a broad survey and assessment of buyer acceptance measures that detect counterfeits.
The outcome of this project will be an excellent tool to assist both DoD and it’s contractors in a risk based approach to counterfeit detection and confirmation. It will also addresses the Sec 818 of FY2012 NDAA requirement for “Improvement of Contractor Systems for Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts” regarding “methodologies to identify suspect counterfeit parts and to rapidly determine if a suspect counterfeit part is, in fact, counterfeit” [ref Section 818(e)(2)(A)(vii)].
This project also addresses a significant gap when compared to other work underway that I am aware of – it not only addresses the extent to which specific inspection and test techniques and technologies reveal disguises, it also addresses the extent they reveal damage (quality / reliability) associated with counterfeits.
The “Technology Readiness Level” assessment of inspection and test techniques and technologies is also a very important to help distinguish “vaporware” from proven and repeatable techniques, and to identify priorities for investment toward developing promising but immature techniques and technologies.
I am hopeful that others will see the potential of this work and support it, such as the SAE International G19 Test Laboratory Standards Development Subcommittee.
I anxiously await the first formal paper describing the project, initial outcomes and further plans.