New SEMI Standards Released to Combat IC Chip Counterfeiting

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New SEMI Standards Released to Combat IC Chip Counterfeiting

SEMI, SIA Collaborate on Approaches for
Industry-Wide Intellectual Property Protection Issues

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 20, 2009 – SEMI announces the release of SEMI T20 and subordinate standards SEMI T20.1 and SEMI T20.2, standards designed to facilitate identification of counterfeit IC chips.

SEMI T20 and its associated subordinate standards SEMI T20.1 and SEMI T20.2 cover the practice of product authentication by any party in the trade stream, thereby reducing the presence of illegal counterfeit items in the marketplace. The automated, reliable, and secure technique of product authentication covered by these standards can be practiced consistently at key points in the trade stream, and so it drives unintended counterfeit purchases to a minimum in a way that can be deployed easily and relatively inexpensively in a wide variety of settings.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force asked the SEMI Traceability Committee to develop a suite of global, open, consensus-based industry standards that cover (1) the overall system description, (2) object labeling, (3) authentication service communication, and (4) Authentication Service Body (ASB) qualifications. These standards are the result of work by members of the Traceability Committee in the United States and Japan over the past several years.

These standards constitute three of the four standards to be developed in this area. The fourth will describe the various communication links in greater detail.

Although secure serialization systems alone do not prevent the copying or theft of codes, they can be effective at detecting that such fraud has occurred. Thus, secure serialization serves as a deterrent and an early warning system.

Developed for use with semiconductor circuits and devices, these procedures can also be extended to apply to other electronic parts and other types of products.

More information about the SEMI standards is available at For pricing or product information, please contact Susan Turner at 408.943.7019.

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Steve Buehler/SEMI

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