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Obsolescence and why you can’t always just make more.

By GDCA | August 22, 2012

When I first began my work with GDCA one of the questions I had was “Why is dealing with obsolete components not just about making more parts?” As I have come to learn, unfortunately, obsolescence management is not just as simple as “making more parts.” Imagine you manufacture various components.  In the 1960s, the computers […]

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No one wants to be left with EOL overstock

By GDCA | August 8, 2012

On one of the blogs I read, someone commented: “If you’re concerned about counterfeits in obsolete components… don’t worry about to-be-discontinued components — just design them in, and buy what you need to support the product anyway.  Then you won’t have to worry about counterfeits.” On the surface and if you are only worried about […]

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Does Innovation = Forced Obsolescence?

By GDCA | July 25, 2012

Is there a downside to new technology innovation? We all love and encourage innovation, but what is the hidden cost? Critical embedded applications in the Defense and Medical industry are a great example of where this question comes into play. Both these applications have people’s lives relying on them, and both require extended life cycles […]

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SMTA & CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain

By GDCA | July 11, 2012

The recent reports concerning the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 continue to shake up things in the Defense industry. This past week was the SMTA & CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain and overall there was a strong showing across the board. Everyone brought great examples of how industry players are […]

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GDCA Trivia Challenge Winners!

By GDCA | June 19, 2012

Congratulations to all of our winners! There once was a winner of quizzes With answers and not many misses. When claiming their gift, they said, “Which is it?” “Oh look! What a great iPod this is” (OK…ok… we are obviously much better at managing obsolescence than writing limericks*). While most people think of birthdays and […]

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What does Brooks Stevens have to do with “Planned Obsolescence”?

By GDCA | June 7, 2012

You may not know about Brooks Stevens, and today is his birthday. Clifford Brooks Stevens, born June 7, 1911, was an American industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles and motorcycles— as well as a graphic designer and stylist. At the time of his death, he was considered “a major force in industrial design.” If […]

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Who says obsolete equipment is junk?

By GDCA | May 23, 2012

Sometimes we can get a little carried away with our work here at GDCA.  From embedded boards to trains, we love talking about all things legacy and EOL; and we know that no matter which industry we pick, there is a lot riding on keeping “obsolete” boards and systems running smoothly. Through the past 25 […]

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GDCA: Celebrating 25 Years of Legacy Support

By GDCA | May 1, 2012

1987 takes us back: a dozen eggs were 65 cents, a gallon of gas was 89 cents, you and the family may have tuned-in to watch the premiere of a show called The Simpsons.  The last 25 years have been exciting for everyone. Technology has evolved at an amazing rate, and we are honored to […]

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GDCA’s Obsoletisms: How is an aircraft carrier like a a bottle of milk?

By GDCA | May 1, 2012

Unlike a bottle of milk, USS Mount Whitney’s life-cycle can be projected out until 2039.

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Does the prospect of overstocking kill your critical embedded systems?

By GDCA | April 11, 2012

2011 wasn’t an easy year for DRAM manufacturers. The move from notebooks towards tablets and technology using NAND flash did nothing to bolster a struggling semiconductor industry. In this type of scenario it becomes common for manufacturers to shift their focus from older technology to newer ones.  This process often leads to End-of-Life (EOL) decisions […]

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