Archive for September, 2015

Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

| September 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

There are significant changes afoot that could tighten the requirements for companies that want to supply electronics components to the U.S. government and the Department of Defense (DoD). Proposed amendments to the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) ruling would extend the regulation’s reach to commercial—as well as military-specification—electronics while narrowing the definition of […]

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The Role of Testing in EOL Sourcing & Your AVL

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Role of Testing in EOL Sourcing & Your AVL

In electronics, quality is paramount. But when a component is no longer available from its manufacturer or an authorized distributor, how can quality be ensured or even measured? There are guidelines available that provide criteria for both sourcing the components themselves and for qualifying the resellers who can still provide them to your approved vendors […]

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The Not-So-Simple Task of Traceability

| September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Not-So-Simple Task of Traceability

Traceability: it seems like such a simple solution. If a component is assigned an identifier as it leaves the factory that identifier will follow it throughout the supply chain. At any point in the process, the component’s ID can be checked against a database to verify the part is what it claims to be. There […]

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Mitigating Risk for EOL Parts

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mitigating Risk for EOL Parts

One of the biggest challenges for electronics components buyers, particularly those involved in military/aerospace, industrial, and medical sectors, is discontinued components. Equipment in these sectors are often used for many years – decades in fact – leaving buyers searching for parts that chip makers or interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) device manufacturers are discontinuing as […]

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Enter the Uber Distributor

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Enter the Uber Distributor

Uber will impact your business. No, Uber drivers won’t become design engineers, component makers, software developers or distributors. You shouldn’t worry about a swarm of Uber drivers invading the electronics industry and sprinting off with the fat margins many companies currently enjoy. It’s the concept behind Uber that will force change in the electronics market […]

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Sourcing Strategies and the “Trusted Supplier” Conundrum

| September 21, 2015 | 2 Comments
Sourcing Strategies and the “Trusted Supplier” Conundrum

Recently, Verical Connect explored the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012 revision that seeks to weed counterfeit electronics components out of the Department of Defense supply chain. The NDAA is important to the commercial electronics market because it sets precedence and influences key tenets pertaining to counterfeit mitigation and accountability across the broader electronics industry. […]

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Authentic — But Still Counterfeit

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Authentic — But Still Counterfeit

One of the more contentious discussions in the electronics industry’s anti-counterfeiting debate is the interpretation of language in laws and guidelines such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, OEMs that may need to source outside authorized distribution channels for components that are no longer manufactured want the option to buy from “trusted” suppliers. These […]

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Leverage Dev Kits as Part of New Product Evaluations

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Leverage Dev Kits as Part of New Product Evaluations

While the key role of purchasers is managing and evaluating supplier relationships and ensuring that the supply chain is operating smoothly, many are deeply involved in new product development and work closely with engineering teams. These purchasers are involved in identifying how to lower costs on new product designs, as well as recommending and evaluating […]

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Counterfeit Chips are Getting Better, Despite Arrests

| September 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

While government and industry officials continue to debate the best strategy for deterring counterfeit parts, there’s no question that electronics counterfeiting remains a large and growing threat to U.S. military security. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) calls counterfeit electronic components “a major problem,” that has resulted in more than 1 million suspected […]

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DLA Shifts DNA’s Role in Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts

| September 15, 2015 | 7 Comments
DLA Shifts DNA’s Role in Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts

Many semiconductor manufacturers and distributors breathed a sigh of relief last December after the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) discontinued a controversial anti-counterfeiting requirement that suppliers mark all chips sold to the agency with ink containing plant-based deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which is virtually impossible to replicate or copy. The DLA – which procures parts and equipment […]

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