Counterfeit ICs—the Serious Problem that Only We Can Make Go Away

By: John O'Boyle

Abstract: Counterfeiting as an international industry covers virtually everything made or manufactured, from auto parts to purses and watches to prescription drugs. In contrast to other counterfeit items, the ramifications of a counterfeit IC device failure in an electronic system are more than just inconvenience or a minor loss of money. This article explains the dangers of counterfeit ICs. It also discusses how to identify and avoid the purchase of these devices.