George Karalias, Rochester Electronics
Device obsolescence is the status of a part when it is no longer available. The problem of obsolescence is very prevalent in microelectronics technology as the life cycles for microelectronic parts are often in conflict with equipment life cycles. In addition, microelectronics technology has a long history of obsolescence issues. Obsolescence extends beyond electronic parts to other materials like textiles and mechanical parts. In addition, obsolescence can also appear in software, specifications, standards, processes, and packaging technologies.
One thing that’s inevitable in military electronics is semiconductor obsolescence. But is there a way to plan for EOL – thereby obsoleting obsolescence and avoiding gray market practices while limiting risk before it’s too late.