Battelle announces counterfeit circuit detection system

Battelle unveiled a system that identifies potential counterfeiting for integrated circuits used in defense, medical and other critical areas on Monday.

The system, Barricade, authenticates electronic components in a nondestructive manner so that counterfeit components can be eliminated at lower costs than current methods.
“As counterfeiting continues to be a growing issue for both suppliers and manufacturers, ensuring that all components are effectively and accurately verified for authenticity has become an increasingly time consuming and expensive task,” Battelle Cyber Technical Director Larry House said. “Barricade represents a giant step forward from current approaches to chip authentication that will dramatically simplify the validation process. We look forward to helping move the industry towards a cost-effective, efficient and standardized process for chip authentication.”

The technology uses signal acquisition in order to determine fake components from their genuine counterparts. The chip in question is placed into Barricade's hardware, which studies the electrical signatures and other classification measures for each type of chip. Current anti-counterfeiting measures are lengthy and require tagging and commercial testing.
The system has also shown to be effective in determining the grade of components, from commercial to military, as well as determining genuine from counterfeit components.
Battelle will be showcasing this device at the GOMAC Tech Conference on March 23-26 in St. Louis.

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