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January 8, 2010
News - ATmega Slugs
about 6 years ago
All is not lost. You could sell them legally by sanding off the markings off the top. That way they are no longer fake anything. Just inert package samples for soldering training or other use.
Your parts are most likely inert mechanical pre-production samples intended for Atmel internal use that were obtained via the surplus market and thought to be the real stuff. It costs quite a bit of money for the lead frames, potting, laser etching, packaging, and production line time so there’s not much to be gained to counterfeit such a cheap part. More profit to fake AMD or Intel processors - which has happened.
Because the code dates are earlier than the official parts release date it makes a lot of sense.
But for you, as long as they don’t have the Atmel logo, or part number, there are no legal implications.
I know it’s a pain to sit someone down to sand off the markings, but at least you could get rid of them.
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