A Solution to Counterfeit Electronics?


The proliferation of counterfeit electronic parts is definitely a big problem - we found that out the hard way. It makes sense to us that raising awareness of the prevalence of counterfeit parts is the first step in fighting the battle. We came across someone else who feels that way - Captain Rochester!

Now that we are well-versed in dealing with counterfeit parts, these comics resonated with us. They add a geekier touch to an already geeky subject and despite their light-hearted nature (they are comics after all), deal with a very important matter. Check out their website for more!


Comments 9 comments

  • That is funny, the comic you show says “stay diligent only buy devices from authorized resources"
    but yet you buy from sparkhole china for the lowest bid
    here is an idea, quit whining about it and buy from "authorized resources"
    there are plenty of US distributors that will gladly not screw you over

    • if you’re talking about the atmega328s, I was under the impression that there was a shortage and they bought from China because they claimed to have chips in stock. At least they didn’t try to sell the bad parts on to us.

      • no I would be referring that the majority if not all items here are from china, from the knockoff hakko soldering irons, to the fact they send all their pcb’s to china for printing
        the “shortage” of 328’s mainly applied to the dip form, while they were scarce to the hobbiest they were readily available during that time in qfp (the package SF got bit on) though various US distributors
        but hey, its not like they pass on the savings to you

        • oh and they did try to sell the bad packages, but yea at least not as real 328’s, course I wonder how many of those bunk chips did manage to make it to ebay before they decided it was a bad idea

  • As a former designer and buyer for a large aviation manufacturer I have been to just about every supply and producer of electronic parts in the US , and many over seas, I can tell you that PCB’s made in the US are few and far between, The “GREEN” Folks that care about the enviroment have poo poo’d it out of exhistance ..Oh you or any manufacturer can by the chemicals but the cost of getting rid of them at the end of life cycle would put most out of business ( (heavy metal waste) —Quickly The only ones getting it done on any scale are for Gov projects ( they must have a loop hole.. as far As counterfit parts many arent they are rejects that are sold for recycling and resold because the recycler can make more profit…… 71% of failures are assembler fault.. Miss handling product (ESD) or wrong soldering tech (not using heat sinks) and poor soldering

  • Would that be AC comics until the situation is rectified?
    The more serious situation is with derated or otherwise “gypsy” parts. For example all those capacitors that are bursting and failing after a few years. Or it says RoHS - why not buy “leaded” and alter the label? Or temperature ratings.
    Obvious and blatant cons are better from the standpoint that the failure is fast and obvious. Not a high failure rate, often some time later.

  • I’d be more impressed with their dedication to “the importance of quality in the semiconductor industry” if there wasn’t a typo in the navigation bar at the top of every page on the site.

  • That’s funny. I work right down the street from the Rochester Electronics world headquarters in Newburyport MA.


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