The Secret Life of Semiconductor Counterfeits

Salvaged part from ON Semi with a bent pin
Salvaged components like this one from ON Semi, could have solder residue or bent pins.
  1. Scrap Salvaging — 80% of counterfeits
ARM chip with visible color distortion on the bottom right hand side.
Relabeled (or “blacktopped”) parts like this ARM chip are lower grade chips with a false top.
FTDI chip with no visible issues.
This FTDI chip was illegally manufactured but the difference is only detectable by advanced testing.



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