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Member Since: February 26, 2006

Country: United States

  • News - Counterfeit Parts | about 6 years ago

    Let me contribute some actual facts to clear up this post. Our depot has received many falsely labeled components (not just transistors) that do not comply with military standards or contractual requirements for the specifications of our chips. We require leaded components because tin whiskers have caused real, identifiable, costly failures to our avionics. Tin whiskers can penetrate conformal coating and have been directly responsible for mishaps. This article addresses an issue where Navy contracts specify acquisition of non-ROHS parts that meet desired burn in tests, temperature range from -55C to 125C, etc. When those parts are received and labeled as such, but are later found to be otherwise, they are fake. The navy has many intelligent, educated people working this problem and to insinuate we don?t understand ROHS or otherwise “freaked out” is insulting and unwarranted. Grr. Bad Sparkfun! Stop that.

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