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Call for Participation 2010 Symposium on Avoiding, Detecting, and Preventing Counterfeit Electronic Parts - West

Mar 22, 2010

SMTA and CALCE at the University of Maryland are pleased to announce a west coast venue for the Symposium on Avoiding, Detecting, and Preventing Counterfeit Electronic Parts. The first three symposia (held in College Park, MD) were an overwhelming success with participation of part manufacturers, distributors, users, government and law enforcement agencies, legal professionals, authentication technology manufacturers, academic institutions, supply chain and brand protection professionals. We are pleased to offer a west coast venue in 2010.

Counterfeit electronics have been reported in a wide range of products, including computers, telecommunications equipment, automobiles, avionics and military systems. Counterfeit electronics include everything from very inexpensive capacitors and resistors to costly microprocessors, completed assemblies and even systems. Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit parts, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry. Two days of planned sessions for the symposium will include the following. Some of the technical sessions will be presented in panel discussion format to offer higher level of audience participation in the process.

  • Keynote session with US government (by invitation only)

  • US civilian and defense law enforcement process

  • International intellectual property laws and their enforcement

  • View from equipment manufacturers and standards bodies

  • Inspections tools and techniques for detecting counterfeit parts

  • Authentication techniques for securing electronic part supply chain

  • Electronic industry supply chain

  • Counterfeit beyond electronic parts – equipment, energy storage, materials, electro-mechanical

In addition to the technical sessions, multiple parallel workshop one and half day durations will be offered. The technical committee is currently reviewing the workshop proposals, the expected topics of workshops include the following:

  • Physical & Material Testing to Identify Counterfeit Part: CALCE

  • Supply Chain Best Practices: CALCE

  • Worldwide Intellectual Property Protection: WIPO - an UN Body

  • External Visual Inspection of Electronic Parts: IDEA

  • Counterfeit Risk Identification: JPL/NASA


  • Counterfeit Part Reporting

  • Electrical Testing Methods: Integra

The conference is organized by SMTA in conjunction with Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. Previous symposia had been valuable to senior management, supply chain managers, component engineers, brand protection specialists, inspectors, marketing and procurement policy makers, contracts and legal management, security specialists and government agencies addressing the issue. Our focus is to provide relevant information to the professionals that can be used for solving problems today while planning for a different business and technology environment in the future.

If you are interested in participation in the technical sessions, please submit an abstract (within 300 words) on relevant topics to Dr. Diganta Das via email to no later than April 9th. Please identify the session for which the abstract is being submitted. The final presentations are due May 14th for the accepted abstracts.

Registration will open at the SMTA web site in late March 2010, for the technical sessions and the workshops. For more information about conference participation or registration, contact Melissa Serres.

Symposium Technical Committee:

Diganta Das, Ph.D., CALCE/University of Maryland, Conference Chair

Dan Dimase, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Conference Co-Chair

Bill Barthel, Plexus Corporation

Robin Gray, National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA)

Phil Montag, Honeywell Technology Solutions

Sydney Pope, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Phil Zulueta, Jet Propulsion Laboratories

Mark Crawford, Office of Technology Evaluation, Department of Commerce

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