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Clones - The Final Frontier of the Component Counterfeiter..? : A Talk by Thomas Sharpe

Thomas Sharpe ( of SMT Corporation will present on Clones - The Final Frontier of the Component Counterfeiter..? at the CALCE SMTA conference at College Park, Maryland on June 24th.


The existence of cloned electronic components bearing the markings of major component manufacturers is a very real and growing threat. The most worrisome aspect of these "made from scratch" fakes is their ability to pass visual package inspection AND electrical testing to the manufacturers data sheet. My presentation will focus on some good examples of this most concerning counterfeiter capability.


Tom is Executive Vice President of SMT Corporation located in Connecticut. Founded in 1995, SMT maintains the one of the largest inventories of obsolete & DMS-type electronic components as well as the largest in-house testing services within the Independent Distribution sector. SMT's labs are credited with the initial identification and industry-sharing of several counterfeit processes over the past several years as well as developing the required mitigation inspections to reliably detect these new counterfeiting methods. In addition to his longtime membership with ERAI Tom served 9 years on the board of directors of the IDEA and 2 consecutive terms as IDEA Vice President. He is a member of the Aerospace Industry Association's (AIA) Counterfeit Parts IPT committee, and also a member of the SAE G-19 committee which is continuing to develop new inspection and process standards in the fight against counterfeit electronic components in global supply chains. In 2011 Tom was requested to provide subject-matter-expert testimony before the formal Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on counterfeit electronic components within DoD supply chains. As part of this investigation the GAO chose SMT's lab facilities to provide all authentication and forensic analysis on behalf of the SASC investigation. Tom is very active on the Electronics Industry speaking tour and has become the leading voice from the independent sector in the fight against counterfeit components in the electronics industry. Tom's presentations serve to educate all sectors of the electronics industry about the growing dangers of counterfeits in today's market and best practices to reliably detect and mitigate these constantly evolving dangers.
SMT Corporation is a broad-line Independent Stocking Distributor of board-level electronic components and related peripherals to the commercial and defense / aerospace industries. SMT's main focus is on the U.S. Defense & Aerospace Industry which demands the highest in component quality, traceability and inspection documentation for high reliability applications. SMT provides products and value-added services directly to government, OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) and CM (Contract Manufacturer) providers as well as both franchised and non-franchised distributors.