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@hm: The US government can't ban businesses from opening, but they can discourage certain practices in defense procurement. The 2011 mandate outlines some of those practices. As for foreign government involvement, I don't think that the counterfeiting is some kind of conspiracy, I think it is plain old human greed.
Counterfeit semiconductors are entering the worldwide supply chain in unprecedented numbers, and those numbers are increasing at an exponential rate. Also entering the world supply chain are substandard components that were originally viable but have been damaged through improper handling, storage, and shipping methods employed by unauthorized distributors. All of these components are causing production and maintenance failures that range all the way from inconvenient to deadly. Added to the already overwhelming mix of components that just don't perform properly – or at all – are components armed with malicious "extras" that can destroy systems, cause malfunctions, or covertly gather proprietary information.
The Cost Effective Strategy against counterfeit components is to buy only from the original manufacturer or their authorized distributors.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.