A trillion-dollar industry remains exposed to knockoff parts that are sometimes electrically superior to the real thing.

Thousands of words have been written on the preponderance of fake parts. Scores of solutions have been presented, from x-raying suspect devices to using boundary scan software to applying DNA taggants to authentic components at OCM factories, not to mention that old destructive standby cross-sectioning.

Organizations such as SAE have written standards governing inspection and test procedures, workmanship criteria, and even training and certification requirements on the art of counterfeit device detection.1 The US government has codified use of detention and prevention measures in its annual defense budget.

And yet …

Why are counterfeits still so prevalent in the electronics supply chain?

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