MEDIA COVERAGE:  DNA markers are making counterfeit chips a lot easier to identify, and DNA chips are on the drawing board


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JANUARY 8TH, 2015 – BY: ERNEST WORTHMAN @ SemiEngineering.com

Counterfeit chips are here to stay. There are all kinds of reasons they should never be used, but certain segments of the chip market have more critical fallout from such chips than others.

In most cases counterfeit chip use is unintentional. It simply goes undetected in the vast supply chain, sometimes with life-threatening repercussions. But whether in life-safety or low-end consumer products that are going to be objects in the IoT, counterfeit chips can be compromised much easier than genuine ones, opening any number of portals for malevolent activity.

“There has been a great deal of focus on the issue of counterfeit parts in the defense industry, but the majority of reported counterfeit incidents …

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