Chip Counterfeiting Quadruples in Three Years, Creating Risks
In 2011, over 1300 counterfeit incidents were reported from around the world to Electronic Resellers Association International (ERAI), a private company that tracks counterfeit electronics for the industry. That’s more than double the number reported in 2010 and 2008, and quadruple the number reported in 2009. ERAI’s partner company, IHS, reported a slightly higher figure for 2011 by including data from the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program, a not-for-profit organization that, among other things, tracks counterfeits and component failures in the United States and Canada.
The fear is that these counterfeits—including used and relabeled commercial gear or components falsely labeled as military grade—will fail more quickly than the parts they’re standing in for. And because semiconductors are an integral part of everything from cellphones to nuclear reactor controls, the failure of a counterfeit chip in the wrong place could have deadly consequences.
(via Counterfeit Chips on the Rise - IEEE Spectrum)