[AMRadio] Your next plastic radio or SDR may have fake chips

Rob Atkinson ranchorobbo at gmail.com
Tue May 5 06:24:03 EDT 2015

US electronic waste is dumped in China where chips are stripped off
and repainted and put in new products

>From Wall Street Journal:
Recycling is supposed to entail making sure that the accumulated data
is wiped clean and the equipment refurbished or deconstructed into raw
materials ready for reuse. The U.S. based company Electronic Recyclers
International, which one of us owns, is part of this industry, which
is monitored by the Basel Action Network (BAN), a watchdog
organization working to end toxic trade. The group estimates that more
than half of U.S. electronic waste is shipped offshore, primarily to
China, by scrap dealers and brokers claiming to be recyclers. There it
wreaks environmental havoc and much of it becomes the feedstock for a
flourishing counterfeiting industry that paints over old microchips
from the U.S., re-marks them and sells them as new. They are then
introduced back into America's supply chain for myriad high-tech
products--including defense hardware.

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