Okay, bad pun. Of course, overheating is only one of the threats from counterfeit semiconductors. Fraud in electronics includes: counterfeiting, re-marking, 'pulled' devices of dubious integrity, warranty fraud, FRU fraud, and diverting/gray parts. Statistics are notoriously hard to come by, and in this blog we've highlighted numerous instances (see our Feb 22 blog, for example). Here's some more anecdotal data:
- One of every 10 tech products sold is counterfeit, leading to an estimate of a direct loss over $100 billion a year. Direct losses include recalls, increased warranties, rework.
- High-tech products account for four of the top ten border seizures, according to U.S. Customs.
- Last year, the U.S. and European customs officers seized more than 360,000 fake computer chips in a joint operation. Under “Operation Infrastructure,” the fake goods seized carried more than 40 different trademarks.
- A $2 fake part leads to losses of $20 if detected at the manufacturing board level. It costs $200 if detected in the market.
- KMPG will release a white paper in May that estimates the profits lost due to the gray market. It will be posted here, along with KPMG's previous white paper.
A recent article in Purchasing magazine found that 42% of procurement professionals felt counterfeiting was now a 'serious problem'.
YottaMark has been working on the SIA and SEMI anticounterfeiting task force to establish an industry standard for detecting fake components. The topic will be covered in a session at this year's Semicon West in San Francisco in July.