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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.

  • Risks of Sourcing EOL’d Embedded Boards Outside the OEM

    Risks of Sourcing EOL’d Embedded Boards Outside the OEM

    There are a variety of issues to be faced when your embedded boards have reached end of life (EOL) or been discontinued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Without a proactive plan in place, these issues threaten timelines and budgets and, even more importantly, jeopardize quality and add risk. Time and False Hope Although sourcing […]

  • How to Find Discontinued Embedded Boards

    How to Find Discontinued Embedded Boards

    The inevitable has finally arrived. An embedded board in your application has been discontinued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Your company needs a critical embedded board, and revenue depends on timely delivery. But the OEM cannot build additional boards for you and the franchised suppliers don’t have any inventory left. What can you do? Predictably, […]

  • What is a Second Source of Supply?

    What is a Second Source of Supply?

    Working with a second source of supply is a favorable alternative in obsolescence management. Sanctioned by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with original IP, a second source of supply rebuilds and maintains the supply chain of prime contractors, supporting primes and their customers. New sources of supply can predict and resolve obsolescence issues before they […]

  • True Cost – An Introduction to Lifecycle Optimization

    True Cost – An Introduction to Lifecycle Optimization

    For embedded board OEMs, Lifecycle Optimization and your electronics product portfolio are an important part of profit and loss considerations when determining your business objectives. Aging products’ impact on ROI is regularly overlooked. Component obsolescence, manufacturing bottlenecks and increasing demands on operational resources create gaps that drag down new product introduction and can considerably slow […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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