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Should have referenced AS6171 and buying Authorized
ddeisz   1/24/2019 4:00:25 PM

Megan, The AS6081 standard is primarily used today to perform visual inspection on parts and not any actual testing of parts bought through the independent distribution channel. AS6171 is where real testing begins and should have been referenced as something companies should be demanding. One must be very careful equating Authenticity to Reliability or Quality when it comes to semiconductor product. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to counterfeit microelectronics. Anyone can show an authentic and used part. It has original part marking. It may pass datasheet testing for the brief time it is on the tester (seconds). Without reliabiilty testing per lot, there's no idea about long term failure rates and if one truly has bought a used part. All of this is without talking about product forgeries....which is a different topic. Lastly, I will mention that testing of parts at any test house is extremely likely to occur without the original test program from the original IP rights holder or OCM. Those test programs from the OCM's are the culmination of man-years of investment and elimating undocumented test escapes. Those test solutions from the OC's are the only true judge of product quality and reliability. All other testing is less than what the OCM did. Buying Authorized product if available is still the absolute best way to avoid counterfeit.

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dennis.vetrano@lmco   1/24/2019 11:06:28 AM

Megan,  The industry standards has allowed the problem to get worse.  Once parts have entered the supply chain it is way to late.  The seriousness of this issue especially with what is going on in china with the creation of numerous factories making counterfeit parts that now sometimes require a lab to tell the difference between a real component or counterfeit one. I suggest you do much more homework on this issue as your article paints the wrong picture. Complacency within the industry with this issue is a major problem.    Thanks 

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