Telecommunications: Solving Obsolescence Challenges

The Customer Challenge

Telecommunications: Solving Semiconductor Obsolescence Challenges

Products in industries like the military, aerospace, and industrial markets have longer life cycles than products in other markets. That’s because organizations in these markets seek to integrate these devices into mission-critical platforms and applications for decades.

But technology continues advancing at a rapid pace, meaning key systems components often become obsolete. When an original component manufacturer (OCM) declares a critical semiconductor “end-of-life” (EOL) there is suddenly a finite source of supply of the original device. That supply is soon depleted, and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are faced with having to redesign the entire equipment for the sake of a single obsolete component that was designed into their equipment while it was in active production.

It’s critical for military, aerospace and industrial OEMs to ensure they’ll have a continuous supply of these components so that they can extend their product lifecycles. It’s best to prepare for EOL products before a product becomes obsolete.

One telecommunications OEM faced this exact scenario when a critical device reached obsolescence.  A field-programmable gate array (FGPA) part had been declared EOL by its OCM. The FGPA is a vital component of airborne radio systems and helicopter applications. It was no longer in production, and no replacement part was available.

This manufacturer did not want to risk purchasing a substandard or counterfeit device from an unauthorized source, and possibly endanger the safety of a mission critical application. This left the manufacturer few options for a high-quality, authorized replacement part.

The Rochester Solution

Fortunately, Rochester Electronics had these devices in stock and ready to ship. Rochester, which is the world’s largest continuous source of EOL semiconductors, had partnered with the OCM to purchase EOL device inventory. This enabled Rochester to re-manufacture EOL parts and re-create EOL devices – all with the OCM’s full authorization. Having a high-quality, immediate replacement for this FGPA part enabled the telecommunications manufacturer to continue production of its airborne radio systems and helicopter applications for its own customers.

Rochester has more than 15 billion finished devices in stock. The company partners with more than 70 leading semiconductor manufacturers. This gave the telecommunications manufacturer the peace of mind required for purchase, knowing that devices from Rochester are 100 percent authorized, traceable, certified and guaranteed.

Semiconductors are the core to electronic systems. Counterfeit and substandard products introduce major risk to health, safety and security. Rochester Electronics launched a comprehensive anti-counterfeit awareness campaign exposing the risks of counterfeit and sub-standard products. Rochester helped form the Semiconductor Industry Association’s [SIA] Anti -Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF). The company continues to promote best procurement practices combating counterfeit and substandard products.

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