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Foil Those Tube Forgers

by KirtB » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:12 pm

Foil Those Tube Forgers, January 1957 Popular Electronics

Gray market electronic components are not just a recent problem. Long before IC foundries were set up in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc., to produce counterfeit semiconductor components, there were unscrupulous manufacturers turning out bogus components of all sorts. Marking unauthorized microprocessor and amplifier packages with an industry-leading brand name and part number is a real problem, but such practices extend back to the vacuum tube era. This story from a 1957 edition of Popular Electronics tells the story of how companies like General Electric and Sylvania dealt with the situation.