Obsolescence, EOL, Application Lifecycle Management
“The garbage-strewn streets of Guiyu [China] reek of burning plastic as workers in back rooms and open yards strip chips from old PC circuit boards [which are] cleaned in the nearby Lianjiang River […]. A sign […] advertises […] ‘military’ circuitry, meaning chips that are more durable than commercial components and able to function at extreme temperatures. But [the] proprietor admits that his wares are counterfeit. - BusinessWeek.com
In light of SanDisk's recent End-Of-Life (EOL) announcement for several parts, customers were faced with mounting redesign costs, leaving them in quite a tough situation.
With military systems' life cycles of 20 to 50 years, component obsolescence is always an issue. Now, however, OEMs are adopting more proactive Bill of Materials (BOM) management practices to lessen the impact of End-of-Life (EOL) notices.