Thwarting counterfeit electronics is tough and requires scale [Byline]

Counterfeit electronics are at best an annoyance to consumers and, at worst, a threat to national security.

Whether it’s an outright fake or a gray market device, the prevalence of counterfeit electronics is fueled by demand that’s not being met by the available supply. When there’s a high demand that’s not being fully met, there’s more room for outright counterfeit chips, as well as gray market items, which might be a genuine chip that’s packaged as new when it has in fact been used somewhere else for several years.

Putting gray market chips into systems is like turning back the speedometer of a car to make it appear there’s mileage on it, but it obscures the wear and tear that could have serious implications on the system it’s being used in.

Read my full story at Fierce Electronics.

Gary Hilson is a freelance writer with a focus on B2B technology, including information technology, cybersecurity, and semiconductors.

Miniaturization, IoT Fuel Electronics Adhesive Growth [Portfolio]

TORONTO — The market for high-quality electronics is growing, and with that also comes a rising need for technology adhesives. This demand has been driven, in part, by miniaturization.

“As the market for high-quality electronics has increased in the past few years, the need for material to protect and bond electronic components has also increased,” said Technavio Senior Industry Analyst Chandrakumar Badala Jaganathan, in an interview with EE Times.

The research firm’s recent Global Electronic Adhesives Market 2017–2021 report is forecasting the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 10% between now and 2021, said Jaganathan. “The market in 2017 is expected to grow by 8.89% compared to 2016.”

Read my full article on EE Times.