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SEMI T20-0710 - Specification for Authentication of Semiconductors and Related Products

Volume(s): Traceability
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This standard was technically approved by the global Traceability Committee. This edition was approved for publication by the global Audits & Reviews Subcommittee on September 4, 2009. It was available at www.semi.org in October 2009. Originally published November 2008.


NOTICE: The designation of SEMI T20 was updated during the 0710 publishing cycle to reflect the creation of SEMI T20.3.


Assumed Commercial Environment: Large quantities of semiconductor device products are distributed in the business world to be embedded into various electronics products such as television sets, computers, automobiles or their components, and so on. The electronic component supply network is frequently contaminated by counterfeit and tainted product. The risk of procuring contaminated goods increases when authorized (certified) distribution networks run out of product. This may occur with supply shortfalls or terminated products. Then, purchasing policy may also force procurement from non-certified distributors. Authentication of Distributed Products: A product may be substituted by counterfeiting the item secretly anywhere in a chain of distribution. If the product has specific identification, e.g., an unpredictable random code, on it issued by some authentication organization, it can be determined whether it is genuine or not anywhere in the distribution chain. When authentication is practiced consistently at key points in the trade stream, and when it is left open for any party to participate, 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. Availability of Standards: The semiconductor industry has lacked standardized methods to validate the integrity of goods from non-certified distributors or suppliers. The purpose of this specification is to describe the system architecture aspect of an authentication process to establish the trusted identity of products or objects. This specification is the basic element of a suite of standards This suite of standards is being developed in response to a request from the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force aimed at enabling automated, reliable, and secure product authentication for the semiconductor industry, thereby reducing the presence of illegal counterfeit items in the marketplace. 


Subordinate Standards:

SEMI T20.1-1109 - Specification for Object Labeling to Authenticate Semiconductors and Related Products in an Open Market

SEMI T20.2-1109 - Guide for Qualifications of Authentication Service Bodies for Detecting and Preventing Counterfeiting of Semiconductors and Related Products

SEMI T20.3-0710 - Specification for Service Communication for Authentication of Semiconductors and Related Products

Referenced SEMI Standards

SEMI E121 — Guide for Style and Usage of XML for Semiconductor Manufacturing Applications
SEMI G83 — Specification for Bar Code Marking of Product Packages
SEMI M59 — Terminology for Silicon Technology
SEMI T3 — Specification for Wafer Box Labels

Revision History

SEMI T20-0710 (designation update)

SEMI T20-1109 (complete rewrite)

SEMI T20-1108 (first published)


SEMI T20.1-1109 (first published)


SEMI T20.2-1109 (first published)


SEMI T20.3-0710 (first published)

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