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MARCH 2021 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 73 all companies to come forward: How oen do you find counterfeit components? Let's be open; that's the only way we can improve this problem. Companies that never find counterfeit com- ponents are oen the ones that are not looking for them. at brings me to the last piece of the puz- zle: what to do with all these counterfeit com- ponents? is is not the first counterfeit shock- wave we've seen. Every economic boom has created this shockwave. What's unique about the current shockwave is the impact the pan- demic had on the supply chain. Not only do we have a spike in demand, but this increase is also met with a proportional decrease in the supply chain's ability to react. A double whammy. We forecast an extended counterfeit shock- wave, the size and extent of which we haven't experienced. It's never been more critical to have a good counterfeit mitigation program in place. at's the topic of our next article, so stay tuned! SMT007 Dr. Bill Cardoso is CEO of Creative Electron. To read past columns, or contact Cardoso, click here. NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Planet New video from NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars.

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