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February 7, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Everyone ended up with a bellyful of the memory chip shortage after Computergram broke the story at the end of January last year – but what about the counterfeit memory chip shortage? Subscribers may recall that Micron Technology Inc was warning people last month that counterfeit memory chips bearing the Micron name had been showing up in Singapore and Thailand and that there might be as many as 17m of the fake 256Ks (CI No 1,090): now the embarrassed Boise, Idaho company has had to admit that not one person has been able to touch or see a single part, and that it appears more and more like there aren’t any parts at all, reports Electronic News – but, recovering its poise, Micron adds darkly that if there are any parts, they could be just encapsulated plastic with lead frames and no silicon at all.

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