@al.caughey, Counterfeiters know stopping them won't be easy and they also know sometime the "good folks" may not even try. Nothing is easy in the world of electronics. That doesn't stop us from wishing they were, though.
Thanks for the post Bruce. Counterfeiting leads to dangerous results. If we lost the control over the quality of products they may die in days where they expected to live for years. It is very difficult for customers to trust companies and it is very bad for companies to do business.
"Now that the government is on it, it doesn't mean everyone else can relax." All too true. The fact is, while the government does position itself as the guardian of American innovation, it hasn't gotten serious about chips until it became a problem for the DOD. I don't mean to be overly cynical, but the governmetn has been far more worried about music and software piracy than it has been about chips for as long as I can remember. Maybe it is becuase the electroncis supply chian doesn't lobby as hard (or with as much $$$) as the gaming and music and movie industry. The industry has largely been left on its own unitl now, and we can only hope this prosecution becomes the rule rtaher than the excpetion.
The bigger issue is that there is a conflict of value systems going on here. Many schools go out of their way to avoid promoting any one value system. The result is the chaos that you now see in the market place, and the rise of destructive behavior, which is operating without inhibition.
Counterfeit goods are dangerous by their very nature, they are not produced under safe manufacturing condition and they are not inspected by any regulatory authorities. Therefore it is difficult for consumers to know what materials the goods actual contain.
Counterfeiting has been around for nearly as long as hunans have traded things of value. It is now a growing problem for many industries, but policies and procedures on supplies selection can give opportunities to significantly reduce the risk.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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