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Old 3rd November 2011, 12:33 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by amiti View Post
Saturnus said that for him only "ta2020" chips without "-20" marking were faulty and proven to be fakes. Is this the only fake you know of? Are there chips today with the complete "ta2020-20" marking which are also fakes?
On closer inspection. The fake does have the -020 ending it's just that the entire print is very dim so it's hard to read. One more difference is that the legs are round and not flat, and they're not gold plated. It also have no widened PCB stop on the end legs.

I do know that some TA2020-020s are made in China but that it says so on those, and that they generally work fine, although also having the same legs as described above.
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Old 3rd November 2011, 01:27 PM   #12
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There isn't such thing as fake, or clones. like someone mentioned above, if someone has the capability to (re)produce the dies and package, why he would not come up with a new, fascinating IC ???
BUT.... what happens with old, useless electronics ? where do they end up ???

Saturnus noticed something when he said: "One more difference is that the legs are round and not flat, and they're not gold plated. It also have no widened PCB stop on the end legs."
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Old 16th January 2012, 08:04 PM   #13
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I personally would steer clear of this seller.

You say "if someone had the capability...." etc.

I say - if someone resorts to image manipulation, presumably in order to prove that he has different serial numbers in stock, then something smells fishy.

Also, this seller is known to sell fake/non-working semiconductors, just read the negative feedback he's received over the last couple of months.

I would also not buy any Tripath chips with white paint (probably silkscreen) markings. These must be fake, as the original ones were always engraved.

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