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S3IP partners with Long Island firm to battle counterfeit electronics

VESTAL — The New York State Center for Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging at Binghamton University (S3IP) and Long Island–based Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (APDN), have inked an agreement to collaborate on microelectronics research and commercialization to help reduce counterfeit electronics.

The partners say the collaboration capitalizes on the skilled staff and advanced facilities at S3IP and combines them with the technology, business experience, and product lines at APDN. They’re teaming up at a time when the defense industry is seeking new ways to battle the increasing number of counterfeit electronics that have flooded both the consumer and military markets.

The partners intend to commercialize any resulting applications from their work, with the potential to affect the estimated $3.1 billion U.S. military semiconductor market and the $300 billion global commercial market for semiconductors.


As partners, the two entities will develop a joint research program to develop new ways to embed and authenticate DNA on various substrates. The plan is to accelerate APDN’s commercial applications, file new grant proposals, and advance new research. The program may also involve testing of marked packaging of microchips in coordination with APDN partners and the exploration of advances in rapid-reading solutions for screening chips in varying scenarios.

“S3IP works in partnership with government, academia, and industry to enable new electronics applications for energy, health care, telecommunications and consumer applications, and defense industries,” Bahgat Sammakia, interim vice present for research and director of S3IP, said in a news release. “We are excited about this partnership with Applied DNA Sciences, which will enable new research opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students.”

S3IP is an academic research organization which includes the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology focused on electronic packaging.

The centers bring together partners from government, industry, and academia to provide opportunities for collaborations to advance microelectronics research and development.

APDN says it is a provider of botanical-DNA-based security and authentication solutions to help protect products, brands, and intellectual property of companies, governments, and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud, and diversion. SigNature DNA and smartDNA are the company’s principal anti-counterfeiting and product-authentication solutions.

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