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Counterfeit IC Detector

ABI Counterfeit IC DetectorThe ABI SENTRY is a unique solution for the quick and easy detection of counterfeit ICs and components.

Through a complex PinPrint test algorithm, SENTRY is able to identify components that have a different internal structure, or no structure at all, and even components originating from a different manufacturer.

SENTRY is your very own electronic sentry, guarding the entrance to your production facility from the infiltration of counterfeit devices.

What are counterfeit components?

Counterfeit [koun-ter-fit] Adj. : made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine.

The manufacture of counterfeit (or fake) components is an illegal process that emerged due to the transferable value of electronics parts. Any company in the world requiring components to manufacture Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is at risk and many have already received batches of "bad" devices.

Counterfeiting is achieved through various processes. Devices known as "pulls" are removed from scrap boards (which have been discarded) in a process that is highly unsafe. Following superficial repairs, these devices are branded with (ir)relevant information - including a manufacturer's logo - and passed on to an unwary buyer as genuine. Another technique is to actually produce components using the normal manufacturing capabilities in "ghost shifts" which take place outside of standard hours. However, the chips created that way include many manufacturing faults and some may not even contain a silicon die.

Contact Electri-Temp. CorporationUntil now, it was not possible to differentiate counterfeit components until they were placed on a PCB and the production team ran the first tests on the complete assembly. This led to the costly process of identifying the component(s) at fault and then removing them from all boards in production. In some cases, complete batches of finished products needed to be recalled to the factory.

In the last five years, reports of counterfeit components have increased exponentially. In 2008, export of fake ICs accounted for more than 8% of global merchandise trade which is equivalent to lost sales of $6 billion.

SENTRY Counterfeit IC Detector is a product designed to help electronics companies protect their production facilities from the infiltration of counterfeit components. It is an easy to use instrument with a dual purpose:
  • To check components as they are received by the stores department and ensure that they are valid. Staff from a goods inwards department can use the system with no knowledge of electronics.
  • To review potentially fake components and analyse the test data with suppliers. Advanced users can use the full report to determine the origin of failure.
SENTRY is designed to accommodate all types of components, from simple two-pin devices to more complex packages such as :
  • Dual In-Line (DIL)
  • Small Outline Integrated Component (SOIC)
  • Small Outline Package (SSOP, TSOP)
  • Plastic Leadless Chip Carrier (PLCC)
  • Quad Flat Pack (TQFP, PQFP, LQFP)
  • Ball Grid Array (BGA)
For the full details on the Sentry counterfeit IC Detector, please view the Sentry PDF

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