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The Impact of Uncertified Parts in Military Applications
Keywords: Counterfeit Parts, Uncertified Parts , Semiconductor Industry
It is estimated that 17% of the total semiconductors purchased worldwide are uncertified, and 4% - 7% are counterfeit. In every case, these parts are procured from unauthorized sources. Several military and aerospace companies confirmed they had experienced counterfeit parts being shipped to them but declined sharing the information or use of their names. Several major semiconductor companies also confirmed they had reviewed counterfeit part and would not share the data or use of their names. However, they all confirmed that in every case the company they purchased the parts from, were brokers. A survey of IC Source identified 3,047 brokers who post inventory on that data base. In another survey, Broker Forum stated they have 3,500 members. These brokers have no authorization from the original manufacturer. They have no certification from DSCC. They do not have the pedigree of the part, and most importantly, they do not have the traceability of the part back to the original manufacturer. Broker parts often are environmentally unsecured. Customers do not know how the parts have been stored, where the parts originated, and if the parts have proper certifications. Some brokers will ask what name do you want on the C of C? Broker parts do not decrease costs and increase readiness. They increase overall costs and decrease overall readiness. All purchasing must be directed toward buying direct from manufacturers or authorized distributors only. Action must be taken to insure all products are bought from certified suppliers for quality, traceability and safety reasons.
Jack Stradley, Manager, Bus. Dev. & Govt. Relations
Rochester Electronics
Midland, TX

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