Browse Publications Technical Papers 2012-01-2104

Traceability in the Age of Globalization: A Proposal for a Marking Protocol to Assure Authenticity of Electronic Parts 2012-01-2104

Proposes adoption of an industry standard marking protocol to assure the authenticity of high-reliability electronics. The protocol is seen as a key ingredient in the industry's effort to control counterfeit electronic parts escapes.
The specifications of the marking protocol have been informed by the experience of the authors, who are currently participating in a DNA marking program mandated by the Defense Logistics Agency.
The protocol would set out these criteria for an effective marking program:
  • Simplicity
  • Proven uncopyability
  • Reportability: transparency and ease of oversight
  • Legal validity: empowering of law enforcement
  • Quick ramp-up and seamless implementation
  • Extreme fidelity and absolute character of results - reliability of the mark at a very high level
  • Universal adoption


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