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Pioneer in Obsolescence Management and Legacy Sustainment for embedded technology


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.

  • Supply Chain Risk Management: Protecting Critical Technologies

    Supply Chain Risk Management: Protecting Critical Technologies

    Industry partnerships are essential in reducing risk and providing counterintelligence data for the Defense Department. GDCA CEO Ethan Plotkin, Crowell and Moring’s Harvey Rishikof, Jim Kelly who leads the JVKellyGroup discussed their advice for industry colleagues and addressed the growing issue of supply chain risk for Bloomberg Government.

  • Get your boards…while you still can.

    Get your boards…while you still can.

    Have you ever requested additional post-EOL LTBs from your board OEM, only to find you need more boards later on?

    Board OEMs care about their customers. If these OEMs could continue to provide the quality products their customers have come to depend on, most would. For the majority of customers, upgrades are a welcome and viable option; however for some, upgrades are not possible.

    Board OEMs do what they can. Most offer some kind of lifecycle assurance plan that can extend support for 5-10 years after EOL of the board. Unfortunately, funding and forecasting for unusually long and sometimes indefinite program lifecycles leave these plans out of reach for many customers.

  • Innovating Obsolescence: When the Supply Chain Is Around Your Throat

    Innovating Obsolescence: When the Supply Chain Is Around Your Throat

    Obsolescence can pose a grave threat to individuals, economies, and nations. Security and defense receive a great deal of attention in our Critical Thoughts section, partly because they are domains in which obsolescence is highly visible and easily conceived. In fact, the defense industry has its own acronym, that specifically outlines the necessary steps to avoid problems caused by counterfeit and obsolescence.

    The medical industry can be a loaded topic for a variety of reasons and, unsurprisingly, obsolescence within the health tech field can be equally touchy. Obsolescence in medical technology forces us to take a critical look at some of the equipment we use every day to help millions of people around the globe—equipment we’d much rather assume was cutting edge and in tip-top shape. Like defense systems, the embedded electronic systems in the health field save lives, keep people healthy and able to work, and ultimately contribute to the stability of loved ones and nations around the world.

  • Counterfeits  Take To the Road

    Counterfeits Take To the Road

    Those who have been keeping up know the threat counterfeiting poses to the embedded world. To this point, most of our conversations regarding counterfeits have been focused on the damage they can do to projects, the costs incurred to replace them, and the threat they pose to the security of the supply chain. However, there is still the basic, personal way they continue to threaten us—the real and direct danger to us and our families as we go about the day-to-day business of driving from place to place. Counterfeit tires are on the road, and they are less safe and of lower quality than the products they pretend to be.

  • Happy Holidays from GDCA!

    Happy Holidays from GDCA!

    As the curtain begins to close on 2014, we at GDCA wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our customers, partners, and allies in the field.

  • Sensors Going Blind: Obsolete Medical Scanners in the Developing World

    Sensors Going Blind: Obsolete Medical Scanners in the Developing World

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with chest pains. You can’t call 911 because you live in a region without telephone service. There are few emergency services available and, even so, there are few functional roads. The pains pass, but you know you need to have it looked at. You begin the long, possibly dangerous trek from your remote home to one of the surrounding urban areas. You will try to locate a medical center, where you will receive modern medical care and access to high-tech diagnostics and treatments that aren’t available in your area.

  • The JTAG Interrogator: The Arrival of a New Counter-Counterfeiting Tool

    The JTAG Interrogator: The Arrival of a New Counter-Counterfeiting Tool

    The extent of component counterfeiting can be staggering when you think about it:

    • Unmarked refurbished units
    • Salvaged components dressed up to look new
    • Illegal clones or second-run components
    • Tainted components  manufactured with malicious hidden features

    If non-authentic components have made their way into your production line, then each such situation represents a unique set of potentially life-threatening risks and vulnerabilities even beyond cost and schedule slippage. Today, thanks to the developers at Corelis, Inc., the good guys have a new anti-counterfeiting weapon in their arsenal: the JTAG Interrogator.

  • US Navy: Sailing Full Steam Ahead… and Making Petro-Fuels Obsolete?

    US Navy: Sailing Full Steam Ahead… and Making Petro-Fuels Obsolete?

    Earlier this spring, scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced a prototype process for producing liquid hydrocarbon fuel from seawater. NRL’s proprietary process uses a modular reaction system to remove CO2 from seawater (with 92% efficiency) while producing hydrogen gas. Once separated, the nickel-supported catalyst conversion system combines them again into liquid hydrocarbon […]

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