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Beware Counterfeit Devices

Posted April 05, 2011 8:51 AM

If you build devices, you want every device that bears your name to conform with your specifications and quality criteria. If you are a customer, you want to get what you pay for. Yet all over the world, counterfeit devices are appearing that look like the real thing and often appear to come from legitimate supply channels. How much of a problem are bogus chips? Have you encountered them? Have your customers? What did you do about it? How can we fight — and hopefully eliminate — fakes in the supply chain?

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Re: Beware Counterfeit Devices

04/06/2011 2:11 AM

What I'd like to know is what happens to manufacturers rejects when they don't meet their own criteria? I sometimes wonder whether the 'grey-market' buyers get the rejects and then sell them off.

Yes we encountered on several occasions where the markings, date codes etc are all 'legit' but find only 40-50% yield. Contacting the manufacturers directly does not show any leads as they are either good fakes or what I suspect in my opening paragraph. Obviously we cut ties with the seller after no compensation for loss of product. But as product manufacturers, what can we do to stop this 'trade'?

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Re: Beware Counterfeit Devices

04/06/2011 4:31 AM

Simple, Lead Poisoning. If You Understand The Nature Of gunpowder You'll Know Exactly What I Mean? Just Kidding! I Guess Put The Word Out To Everyone Concerning Their Tactics To Run Them Out Of Business?

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Re: Beware Counterfeit Devices

04/13/2011 5:32 PM

I was out so I told a co-worker to bring a laptop into a store to have them upgrade the RAM, seemed simple enough.

They not only put generic RAM in the second slot, but removed the HP RAM from the other slot and replaced it with generic RAM. They probably sold the HP RAM (I never got it back) then charged me for the RAM they replaced.

I didn't notice this until 6 month to a year later when the generic RAM was causing all kinds of bad data to be written to the HD. An HP tech had to come out to figure this one out.

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