Counterfeit PCB Materials
The Counterfeit PCB Materials Project identifies and investigates two issues in the electronics industry: Safety as a function of counterfeit materials, and Trust involving anti-counterfeit, anti-tamper, chain of custody and access control.
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The initial working group has identified two threats:
There is a wealth of information on counterfeit components, but there is essentially nothing specifically for counterfeit laminates, solder mask, or any other “permanent” materials such as solders or surface finishes.
The output of this project is a white paper assessing the validity of claims concerning potential insecure practices in the PCB Materials industry, dispelling or validating known rumors and recommending any needed changes. Recommendations may include possible surveillance schemes or techniques and third party verification of material bill of materials or chemical composition.
The Counterfeit PCB Materials Team has proposed creation of a White Paper as a fact-finding mission.