According to recent research by iSuppli fake chips are a tradedy waiting to happen. Since 2009, it is thought the use of fake components has tripled, meaning an increased possibility of unreliable components finding their way into safety critical systems such as military hardware, aerospace equipment and medical devices. This increase has already cost the industry more than $169 Billion. The BBC article can be found at


Has anyone out there dealt with fake components? How do you go about validating parts before you use them? Any other advice for dealign with this situation, whether it is in a safety critical application or not?