In order to combat counterfeiting of micro-electronic components, a new US research institute has launched a $3.5m project seeking ways to tackle the same.
India’s Applied Research Institute was set up last year with a $16m warchest and was backed by pharma company- Eli Lilly which is headquartered in Indianapolis. The institute aims to bring together the states’ academic, industry, military and state research scientists on collaborative projects.
This will be the first anti-counterfeit project to be announced by the ARI and for two years initially. It will focus to develop ‘trusted micro-electronics’ and design in such a way that they are immune to hardware and software cyber-attacks.
According to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), these ‘Trusted micro-electronics’ will have many applications with advanced counterfeit detection systems and will indicate if the micro-electronics embedded were tampered prior to installing them in an electronic system or not.
The DOD said that it had identified a million counterfeit components in the military supply chain in 2010-11.
According to General Gene Renuart, USAF (Retired) and chairman of ARI, “Developing these types of advanced technologies will also create economic activity. It is ARI’s goal to work with industry partners to transfer our technologies to the marketplace.”