Risk Management for Counterfeit Materials: The Role of the COTS Board Manufacturer

Numerous media reports and investigations, coupled with public statements by government and industry players, provide ample evidence to suggest that the proliferation of counterfeit parts and materials in the electronics industry is becoming increasingly widespread. Factors such as technology and globalization are helping to increase the sophistication and availability of counterfeit components, making the supply chain more vulnerable to infection. This situation is forcing the industry to develop strategies to maintain the integrity and reliability of its products. As vigilance increases, the number of confirmed cases will most likely continue to grow.