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Top 50 Distributors 2015 - #48 4 Star Electronics

April 22, 2015
Top 50 Distributors 2015 - #48 4 Star Electronics. 4 Star Electronics has been an industry leader in supplying obsolete, hard to find, long lead-time and end-of-life (EOL) electronic components since our inception in 2001.
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4 Star Electronics has been an industry leader in supplying obsolete, hard to find, long lead-time and end-of-life (EOL) electronic components since our inception in 2001. We offer one of the broadest line cards in the industry, which consists of over $50 million dollars of ready-to-ship, in-stock inventory from over 2800 different manufacturers. If the parts you require are not in our ready-to-ship inventory, we have access to over 65 million line items from our vendor network that is comprised of inventory from Manufacturers, Authorized Distributors, OEM/CM Excess Inventory, Independent Distributors, and other approved sources throughout the world. As an independent distributor, 4 Star is not affiliated with the manufacturers of the products it sells, and can support a much wider variety of components than the typical franchised distributor.

4 Star currently has 35 employees, 10 of those in the Quality Assurance department, and has been recognized as one of the leaders in the industry for our counterfeit mitigation program. The inspection process that we follow for all product is based on the IDEA-STD-1010B, CCAP-101, AS5553, and AS6081 standards. The inspections are performed in-house at our ANSI/ESD S20.20 certified lab, by IDEA-ICE-3000 certified inspectors. We hold various quality system certifications, such as; AS9100C, ISO 9001:2008, IDEA-QMS-9090, and FAA-AC00-56A. We’re equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including digital cameras and microscopes at every workstation, XRF analyzers for material composition and RoHS verification, programmers, reel-to-reel real-time X-Ray for internal construction examination, and mechanical and chemical decapsulation tools for die inspection. In addition, 4 Star has a long track record of working with new technologies and vendors such as Chromologic, Nokomis, and SignaKey to help create the next generation of counterfeit detection tools.

4 Star is a trusted supplier to government agencies, prime contractors, and numerous commercial, industrial, and medical OEMs and Contract Manufacturers. Many of these customers utilize 4 Star as their primary supplier of fully validated and tested non-traceable material - an important part of the supply chain since required Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) components are often obsolete with no traceable inventory available. As part of various customer certifications, our systems and processes have been audited to meet or exceed the requirements of JESD31, JESD625, and AS6081.

The inspection process performed on all outgoing product includes:

  • Manufacturer Packaging and Label Inspection with Barcode Verification
  • Reported non-conformities and risk assessment check against industry databases
  • Manufacturer Datasheet, Drawing, and Specification Validation
  • Proprietary Photo Resource Library Check
  • Digital Imagery of Components
  • Optical Microscopy of Components
  • Component Surface Testing (acetone, blade, and heated chemical tests)
  • Marking Permanency Testing
  • XRF Spectrum Analysis, including RoHS Compliance
  • X-Ray Analysis
  • X-Ray Comparison, when golden sample is provided
  • Mechanical or Chemical De-capsulation and Die Examination
  • Capacitance and Resistance Testing, when applicable
  • Electrical Comparison Testing, when golden sample is provided or data is on file
  • Blank Checking and Continuity Testing of programmable parts
  • Solderability Testing, when applicable
  • Comprehensive Electrical Testing, when applicable (subcontracted to approved labs)


  • AS9100C
  • ISO9001:2008
  • ANSI/ESD-S20.20
  • IDEA-STD-1010B
  • IDEA-ICE-3000
  • CCAP-101
  • FAA-AC00-56A
  • AS5553/AS6081 (Compliant)


  • ERAI - Electronic Resellers Association, Inc.
  • IDEA - Independent Distributors of Electronics Association
  • SMTA – Surface Mount Technology Association
  • GIDEP - Government-Industry Data Exchange Program
  • ASA – Aviation Suppliers Association
  • SAM – System for Award Management
  • ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations
  • CEPA – Boeing Counterfeit Electronics Parts Avoidance program
View Our Line Card HereWhere You Can Find Us4 Star Electronics
930 Calle Negocio Suite C,
San Clemente, CA 92673
Founded in 2001
Phone: Toll Free: 877-240-8595
Phone: Local: 949-240-8500Connect With Us
Additional Information
CEO and President: Jake WilsonCompany Headquarters: San Clemente, CaliforniaLocations: 1Employees: 35Company

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