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Pioneer in Obsolescence Management and Legacy Sustainment for embedded technology

GDCA
GDCA

As the pioneer in COTS obsolescence management, GDCA is authorized by our OEM partners to continue to manufacture and repair the embedded legacy products critical to long-lasting applications. Using OEM-authorized IP and original specifications, GDCA provides repair, long-term customer support, manufacturing, and sustainment for over three thousand End-of-Life, COTS, and custom-embedded computer boards and systems.

  • Letter from the CEO – What the Customer Wants is Trust

    Letter from the CEO – What the Customer Wants is Trust

    What’s the difference between a customer/supplier relationship and a partnership? In a word: Trust. Sometimes it seems as if no one trusts anyone anymore, and it’s easy to see why. Most people involved in the embedded computing supply chain have a story to tell about some supplier who’s acted in a win–lose way, where it […]

  • How do you fulfill long-term demand for a system when you don’t have a long-term support contract?

    How do you fulfill long-term demand for a system when you don’t have a long-term support contract?

    Often, having a maintenance contract misleads Application OEMs and Prime Contractors into a false sense of long-term protection. When Primes are not privy to an accurate assessment of a system’s life cycle, gaps between the end of a contract and the continuing need for parts creates production and sustainment vulnerability. Reacting to these vulnerabilities adds […]

  • Ethan Plotkin, CEO, Sits Down With Embedded Computing Design

    Ethan Plotkin, CEO, Sits Down With Embedded Computing Design

    Listen to “Five Minutes With…Ethan Plotkin, CEO, GDCA“, a podcast by Rich Nass of OpenSystems Media as he interviews embedded personalities. Obsolescence is something that many vendors dread. But fear not, help is out there. Just because a chip or a board is no longer available from your supplier, you may be able to find […]

  • The gap between EOL and your needs—why PLM doesn’t always work

    The gap between EOL and your needs—why PLM doesn’t always work

    Reassessing your company’s approach to legacy sustainment is a critical step in minimizing stress and maximizing profits. Since the early 1950s, product life-cycle management (PLM) has been the commercial best practice for managing value and lifetime profitability of products and systems. However, as technology has advanced exponentially, so have the needs of managing products with […]

  • 5 Common Miscalculations OEMs Make That Impede Effective Proactive Obsolescence  Management

    5 Common Miscalculations OEMs Make That Impede Effective Proactive Obsolescence Management

    …and What You Can Do Embedded and Application OEMs both face issues with their customers when product life cycles are longer than originally anticipated. Thinking critically about servicing systems past component EOL notices is vital for effective forecasting and maintenance, not only for end users but for manufacturers as well. Paying attention to the following […]

  • When Tomorrow Never Comes

    When Tomorrow Never Comes

    Obsolescence and Changing Our Minds You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers Maybe the writing is on the wall. Maybe the truth is hidden in between the lines of your BOM. Maybe you really […]

  • GDCA Inc. and Abaco Systems Strike Deal to Avoid Embedded EOL for Customers

    GDCA Inc. and Abaco Systems Strike Deal to Avoid Embedded EOL for Customers

    Press Release LIVERMORE, Calif. — Feb. 6, 2019 — GDCA Inc., a California-based company that specializes in manufacturing obsolete embedded computer equipment, announced this week that it has joined forces with Abaco Systems, a leader in the electronics systems industry. Together, the companies have completed an initial transfer of 13 product lines from Abaco to […]

  • 7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

    7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

    Once component EOL notices have been issued and COTS embedded boards are discontinued, the processes for keeping your embedded systems vital drastically changes and so must your overall thinking about them. When the supply chain is active, acquiring the boards and components you need requires simply placing an order. Extending or even reviving a product […]

  • Why Repeated LTBs Fail and Legacy Assurance Succeeds

    Why Repeated LTBs Fail and Legacy Assurance Succeeds

    Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them,” and we agree. The speed with which technology is advancing causes new issues in system sustainability; problems that up until now, provide chronic headaches for most engineers and companies. For instance, note the vast differences between the processes of building embedded […]

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