George Karalias, Rochester Electronics
U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the U.S. government's budget restraints. Uncertainty around how the government will operate now that the 2013 fiscal year is over has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS improvements are expected to remain stagnant -- putting U.S.-developed BMS projects at a disadvantage.
The counterfeiting of semiconductor components is escalating at an unprecedented rate. With increasingly sophisticated methods, counterfeit components are produced in many areas of the world and distributed globally. Additionally, unauthorized distributors render genuine parts substandard through improper handling. To make matters worse, semiconductors are being altered through a practice known as "malicious insertion" to cause damage or failure to the parts in which they are installed, or to gather intelligence.