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Combating Counterfeit Electronics with AI Technology

October 4, 2023

Combating Counterfeit Electronics with AI Technology

Electronic product development relies heavily on printed circuit boards (PCBs). However, the supply chain for these crucial electronic components has been disrupted, leading to a growth in counterfeit electronic parts.

The Counterfeit Problem &  Challenges of Detection

Manufacturers have turned to unconventional supply channels due to supply chain disruptions, significantly increasing counterfeit electronic components. This shift has elevated the risk of receiving subpar or fake components from 0.2-1% to 5-10%.

Conventional laboratory testing falls short when it comes to detecting counterfeit components effectively. Counterfeit parts can exhibit elusive defects that are hard to identify through sampling, and counterfeiters employ sophisticated tactics to deceive testing methods.

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The Power of AI

AI emerges as a potent solution in the fight against counterfeit electronic components. It provides a swift and error-free analysis of component authenticity, offering a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional lab testing.

AI systems can utilize data from Surface Mount Technology (SMT) machines, which mount electrical components onto PCBs. By processing this data, AI can spot counterfeit and defective components in real time during the electronic component assembly process. Additionally, AI provides manufacturers with a verifiable record of meticulous component checks, potentially saving them from costly product recalls in case of field failures.

As SMT supply chain challenges persist, manufacturers will continue to source components from diverse markets. AI’s ability to detect the subtlest details in real time offers a practical and efficient means of ensuring chips authenticity.


In the realm of electronic product development, the threat of electronic component counterfeit is significant, particularly during supply chain disruptions. Embracing AI-powered anti-counterfeit technology is crucial in mitigating this risk efficiently. With AI’s assistance, manufacturers can safeguard their reputation, revenue, and public safety.


Read the full article by Dr. Eyal Weiss: GLOBAL SMT 

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