With technology innovation advancements, we are seeing an increasing number of everyday objects being manufactured with embedded electronic components. As a result, more advanced components are being developed at a faster speed to keep up with new technology, which has greatly shortened the component life cycle and added new challenges for sourcing obsolete components.
So, what happens when manufacturers need components that are hard to find? A majority of military, health care, automotive, and aerospace companies don’t change their design often enough to adopt to the new components. In this situation, many Original Electronic Manufacturers (OEMs) will go to the open market to source those hard-to-find obsolete components. This is when experienced distributors like Advanced MP Technology (AMPT), who excels at sourcing these components from a world-wide network of verified and audited suppliers, can come to help.
A big concern buyers have when going to the open market is the possibility of issues with quality or counterfeit components. AMPT has strict quality procedures in place to qualify 100% of incoming material through a three stage process.
The US government is also stepping in to make a change. On February 11th, President Barak Obama indicated that he will sign into law a customs bill passed by the US Senate that includes a provision to combat counterfeit semiconductors. The bill, known as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, mandates that U.S. Customs and Border Protection share information and samples of suspected counterfeit parts for rapid identification of counterfeits.
(Sec. 302) The Tariff Act of 1930 is amended to declare that, upon suspicion that merchandise is being imported into the United States in violation of U.S. trademark or copyright infringement laws, the CBP shall provide the trademark or copyright owner any information appearing on the merchandise and its packaging and labels, including any unredacted images of them, if testing by the owner would assist in determining a violation. The CBP shall not provide such information if it would compromise an ongoing law enforcement investigation or national security.(Sec. 303) A technology, product, service, device, or its component that is imported into the United States to circumvent U.S. copyright laws may be seized and forfeited by the CBP.
In recent years, the circulation of counterfeit semiconductors has drawn increased attention with organizations such as the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
They are continuously lobbying for policies and legislation designed to improve identification of fake parts as well as cracking down on those who are responsible for their circulation. In 2011, the SIA estimated that counterfeiting costs U.S.-based semiconductor companies more than $7.5 billion per year.
When thinking about the repercussions of counterfeit semiconductors going into health care systems or other high-reliability devices, this is a necessary change.
This new bill will help to reduce risks and mitigate counterfeit semiconductors circulation by ensuring open communication between customs officials and semiconductor manufacturers.
With Advanced MP’s 72-point, 3 stage component inspection, following IDEA 1010B Standards, we ensure that all products are inspected to follow the best practices for anti-counterfeit and quality standards.