1st sep, 2011

Combatting counterfeiting by system design

Counterfeit electronics parts is a big problem in the IT business. When you produce flash memory for example there are many links in the supply chain where counterfeit parts can enter the stream.
A new invention could be used for stopping counterfeit flash memory. A piece of software maps the unique fingerprint of each memory and this test can be repeated later in the supply chain. This allows you to root out counterfeits.
Combatting counterfeiting by system design is probably more effective than IP since it prohibits the use of counterfeits. If you can prohibit a counterfeit product from being used or recognize it in the legal supply chain it will be very effective
Read more about the invention in this paper.

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