Even if the best anti-counterfeiting measure ever invented could be adopted overnight across every electronic component category, the problem of counterfeit components would be slowed rather than stopped.
In reality, the newest parts coming into the supply chain are only half the problem. The other half of incidents include obsolete and end-of-life parts. Adding to the problem, parts are often updated or changed without a Product Change Notification (PCN). When a PCN is issued, it often means that the component in question is immediately unavailable.
The infographic below from SiliconExpert Technologies, a maker of electronic component management tools, outlines the ways that today's system of electronic component life cycle play into the issue of counterfeit components.
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— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN
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