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The Top 5 Most Counterfeited Chip Types According to IHS

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April 5, 2012 12:22:09 PM

Wonder where those come from...
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April 5, 2012 12:43:37 PM

MurissokahWonder where those come from...

Typically China. A few years back the Air Force bought a ton of chips which turned out to be counterfeits from China.
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April 5, 2012 1:16:15 PM

Sorry I'm late boss, for some reason my alarm clock only off goes off when Yao Ming makes a free throw.
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April 5, 2012 1:30:22 PM

so no wonder why my samsung infuse drops calls...
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April 5, 2012 2:08:25 PM

Murissokah said:
Wonder where those come from...

They come from "kitchen table" chip brokers who get them from China. Then the pentagon/contractors purchase from them because of federal rules encouraging "cheap and disadvantaged" suppliers ie people in their basements ordering their "stock" from ebay. Controls are already in place to ensure tracking of components from the factory through the distribution chain to the end user. It's only when companies take shortcuts that counterfeits slip in.
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April 5, 2012 2:34:28 PM

It's like buying a Rolex from a guy in a back alley. You get what you pay for.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it prob. comes with a nasty catch.

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April 5, 2012 2:58:16 PM

more likely some insiders in fabs either get their hands on reject die or extra wafers slipped into the run and unaccounted for.
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April 5, 2012 3:25:29 PM

chinese copycats
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April 5, 2012 4:23:08 PM

YO TOMS, YOUR PHOTO ZOOM SUCKS MASSIVE BALLS.
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April 5, 2012 5:28:51 PM

What, you mean that $1000 LGA 775 SB-E i7-3960X I bought on Ebay isn't really a six core performance monster?
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April 5, 2012 5:36:20 PM

Wasn't Mexico a culprit just a few years back?
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April 5, 2012 5:45:23 PM

These chips come from a lot of places but I think China is a bit player in this.
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April 5, 2012 6:57:06 PM

I was hoping "potato" was on the list. I can't remember the last time I bought a chip from a guy who had seen 'em fall out of a truck and was selling them out of his trunk.
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April 5, 2012 9:10:08 PM

"Uh Bob, the 1,000 chips we need to buy are priced at $10 per chip, but there's a cheaper source for only $7."

"BUY IT NOW!"


Such event turns into a false economy situation when the chips start failing left and right.
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April 6, 2012 10:17:40 AM

What?! Didn't you people know that nowadays everything is made by China? Duh!
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November 7, 2012 8:55:24 PM

many of this chips are probably made in what is known as a "midnight run." good chance there is no difference between the counterfeits and the originals. They are produced at the same facilities in off hours. Sometimes the materials that are used are questionable though.
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