ECE Seminar - IC Counterfeiting: Challenges and Solutions - presented by Tom Sharpe, SMT Corporation

Location: Information Technologies Engineering Building (ITEB) room 336

Time: 11:00 am

ECE Seminar
Friday, February 17th
11:00 am
ITE, room 336

Tom Sharpe, SMT Corporation, Vice President

Title: IC Counterfeiting: Challenges and Solutions

Abstract: With the world market as their sales territory and a host country that turns a blind eye to the rights of Intellectual Property (IP) holders worldwide, the counterfeiting and resale of electronic components in Shantou & Shenzhen China is alive, well and flourishing. A first-hand narration of a photo-documented tour of this area provides compelling and clear evidence showing this threat is far worse than we imagine and here to stay. The recent refinements of the counterfeiterís craft demonstrate clearly that we are battling very well-informed and well-funded groups of criminal enterprise. What is still worse is that a large amount counterfeit material is produced specifically for Defense and Aerospace Industry applications. The dire consequences this situation exposes to our war fighters, our national security and our allies cannot be over-stated. The only reasonable response from quality component distributors to this continually evolving threat can be to constantly re-evaluate, revise and improve all aspects of inspection techniques, processes and equipment used for component testing and authentication.

Bio: Tom Sharpe is the Vice President of SMT Corporation located in Sandy Hook Connecticut. SMT is an Independent Stocking Distributor of electronic components to the Defense and Aerospace industry and is the recognized leader among Independent Distribution in cutting-edge anti-counterfeit inspection technologies. Tom serves on multiple government & law enforcement anti-counterfeit task force committees as well as the Aerospace Industry Associationís Counterfeit Parts IPT. He is a member of SAE Internationalís G-19 committee that is currently developing the new Independent Distributor AS6081 certification standard. In addition to being a long-time member of ERAI, Tom has served 2 terms as Vice President of IDEA where he has served continuously on the Board of Directors since the year of itís formation in 2003. In November of 2011 Tom provided key testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee during their formal investigation into the counterfeit threat from China into DoD supply chains. Tom is active both nationally and internationally on the Defense & Aerospace Industry speaking tour and has become a leading voice from the Independent sector in the fight against counterfeit components in the electronics industry. Tomís presentations serve to educate all sectors of the electronics industry about the growing dangers of counterfeits in todayís market, and best practices to detect and mitigate those dangers.

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