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article imagePentagon announce policy to combat counterfeit semiconductors

By Tim Sandle     May 16, 2014 in Business
Washington - A newly finalized U.S. Department of Defense rule that reduces the risk of counterfeit semiconductor products being used by the U.S. military has been issued. The measures aim to control the procurement of semiconductors and other electronic parts.
The Department of Defense (DoD) rule addresses contractor responsibilities for detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts. Among other provisions, the rule implements section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2012, which calls for DoD to utilize trusted suppliers to mitigate the risks of counterfeits.
In response to the measures, Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), is quoted as saying by Controlled Environments: “Counterfeit semiconductor products can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical, and military devices, potentially undermining our public safety and national security. The new Department of Defense rule will help stem the tide of dangerous counterfeit semiconductor products by mandating that DoD contractors purchase from original manufacturers or authorized sources. This rule represents a long fought victory for the semiconductor industry and a significant step toward ensuring the safety and security of semiconductor products used by our military.”
The final rule requires, according to the SIA, contractors and their subcontractors to establish a counterfeit electronic part and avoidance system, subject to audit, that includes procedures to show their use of original manufacturers, authorized distributors, or authorized aftermarket distributors prior to turning to other outlets.
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