Category Archives: Authentication

SAE International Aerospace Standard AS6171 released

The following documents were released 30 Oct 2016…

  • AS6171 Test Methods Standard; General Requirements, Suspect/Counterfeit, Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Parts
  • AS6171/1 Suspect/Counterfeit Test Evaluation Method
  • AS6171/2 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by External Visual Inspection, Remarking and Resurfacing, and Surface Texture Analysis Test Methods
  • AS6171/3 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by X-ray Fluorescence Test Methods
  • AS6171/4 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Delid/Decapsulation Physical Analysis Test Methods
  • AS6171/5 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Radiological Test Methods
  • AS6171/6 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Acoustic Microscopy (AM) Test Methods
  • AS6171/7 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Electrical Test Methods
  • AS6171/8 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Raman Spectroscopy Test Methods
  • AS6171/9 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) Test Methods
  • AS6171/10 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) Test Methods
  • AS6171/11 Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by Design Recovery Test Methods

Counterfeit IC image repository at Counterfeit-IC.org

I received the following announcement this afternoon and thought it would be of interest to the readers of this blog… Continue reading

GSA Issues RFI For Solution to Tackle Counterfeit IT Products in Federal Supply Chain

The U.S. General Services Administration announced early last week it looking for a supply chain solution as part of a pilot program aimed at helping federal procurement professionals authenticate IT and communication products in the government’s supply chain. …

More at Spendmatters.com

Counterfeit IC threat evolves with spread of clone parts – Military Embedded Systems

“The better government and industry get at detecting counterfeit parts, the better counterfeiters get at fooling detection techniques, especially today with remanufactured or cloned parts adding to the threat….”

More at Military Embedded Systems.

And More on The Role of Traceability and Inspections, Tests and Other Methods in Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance (Part 3)

A reader of this blog approached me with an excellent question about my 24 March post More On The Role Of Traceability And Inspections, Tests And Other Methods In Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance. In this post, I stated that an organization could “(c) apply inspections, tests and other methods designed to intercept and avoid the use of counterfeits when unable to confirm traceability to the OCM or the OCM’s authorized distributors.” The reader, however, cannot find support for that contingency in DFARS 252.246-7007. I wish to share my response ….

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The Role of Traceability and Inspections, Tests and Other Methods in Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance (Part 1)

Earlier this week, a US DoD colleague asked me to post more thoughts on traceability in the context of counterfeit parts avoidance.  Here is my current view on subject…  Continue reading

Plant DNA & Micron Patterns: DLA Gets High-Tech Vs. Counterfeiters — Breaking Defense

“There’re a lot of chiselers out there,” Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek sighed. Congressional angst over counterfeit parts has understandably focused on ersatz electronics, many of them from much-mistrusted China, but as head of the Defense Logistics Agency, Harnitchek has found fakes in everything from air filters to rubber tubing. “There’re folks that counterfeit those, believe it or not,”

More at Breaking Defense

Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities – Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on information collection under the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 (FQA).
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“Fixing Disorder in Counterfeit Mitigation” – Circuit Assembly Online Magazine

The following article includes important insight into the Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) market and its approach to counterfeit part avoidance…

“Why the EMS industry must go to these lengths is the result of a consistent failure to recognize the desperate situation it is now in. But there’s a gap between what high-end (read: capable) and low-end test houses can detect, and the emphasis to date has been on keeping costs as low as possible, not on ensuring components are valid.”

Circuit Assembly Online Magazine – Fixing Disorder in Counterfeit Mitigation.