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    Global chip shortages give rise to more counterfeits. These articles explore multiple facets of this mounting concern.
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    Quick Chat: 5 Red Flags for Spotting Counterfeits

    Sept. 13, 2023
    Here are five ways to spot a fake in your electronics supply chain.
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    Beyond the Label: How Anti-Counterfeit Packaging is Revolutionizing the Industry @ Supply Chain Connnect

    March 29, 2023
    The demand for safe packaging has increased by leaps and bounds while increasing efforts by manufacturers across the globe to drive down losses incurred by counterfeit products...
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    The Chip Boom? It’s Over. The Chip Shortage? Not Yet.

    Dec. 1, 2022
    The worst of the global chip shortage has likely passed. But the recovery is trudging along slowly and unevenly.
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    How the Common Footprint Will Hurt the PC Market

    Nov. 3, 2022
    Rather than rely on the CFP paradigm, the PC power-delivery market must adopt a new model for continuity of supply (COS). One such approach is for suppliers to license their IP...
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    Navigate Supply-Chain Issues with Virtualization and Remote Monitoring

    Sept. 21, 2022
    Supply-chain hiccups in modern times are a bane to embedded software engineers as they develop new products. This article looks at how one product can mitigate the effect of these...

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    Knowledge is Power in the Ongoing Chip Shortage

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    6 Best Practices in Product Design to Address Supply-Chain Shortages

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    How Much Longer Will It Take to Fix the Chip Shortage?

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    The global chip shortage is entering its second year, and there are a lot of variables complicating the recovery.
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    Staying a Step Ahead of the Global Chip Shortage

    March 10, 2022
    Engineering teams can take steps before and during the development process to ensure they're in the best position to navigate a new era of supply-chain issues.
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    The Briefing: It's Not All About State-of-the-Art Chips Anymore

    March 1, 2022
    Some of the world's largest chip makers are trying to tackle the great chip shortage with a raft of new investments in legacy and specialty technologies.
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    NXP Sees No Path Out of Global Chip Shortage Before 2023

    Feb. 4, 2022
    NXP is forging closer ties with its customers, giving it confidence that the automotive chip boom will outlast the current supply crisis.
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    Electronics Firms Continue to Feel Pain from Chip Shortage, Higher Costs

    Feb. 1, 2022
    Electronics companies reported orders, shipments, and production output are growing. But the report released by the IPC signaled that they are using up components almost as soon...
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    U.S. Warns Chip Shortage to Last Into Late 2022 as Inventories Dip

    Jan. 28, 2022
    The Commerce Department said an industry survey showed mature nodes of microcontrollers, optoelectronics, and analog chips reeling from acute supply shortages.
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    Jan. 26, 2022
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    Detecting Counterfeit ICs

    Dec. 22, 2021
    “Fake” chips present a huge issue for manufacturing companies trying to source ICs from non-traditional channels. One tool helps simplify the detection process.
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    The Briefing: Why Foundries Are Not the Only Culprits Behind Chip Deficit

    Oct. 18, 2021
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    Breathing Life into Obsolete Medical-Device Designs

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    Electronics Counterfeiting: Risks and Remedies

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    A new ISM report finds that professionals are optimistic in the face of continued, global supply-chain disruptions.
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