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Knowing the Difference Between a Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM) vs. an OEM Saves You Time and Money

By GDCA | August 3, 2017
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When you need an embedded board that is still in production, it is easy to call the OEM, order what you want, and receive delivery. Because everything needed to produce your product is still readily available, you don’t have to worry about issues like accessibility, documentation, or counterfeit parts. However, after the point when an […]

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Embedded World 2017

By GDCA | March 27, 2017

Embedded World 2017 was a blast! After 2 weeks on the road of sub-zero temperatures in DC, Boston, Ottawa, and Montreal it was great to see spring for the first time in 2017 in Nürnberg (Nuremberg! German beer is best consumed in the sunshine!) At the fair, all the OEMs I spoke with were jam packed with […]

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5 Ways to Protect Product Longevity

By GDCA | March 13, 2017

Plan sustainment early Budget for sustainment Identify your high-risk/critical components Manage the big picture Strategically plan your design refresh Innovation is known for making products better, faster, and smarter. When it comes to technology, that also means smaller and more compact. In an ideal world, innovation moves society and culture forward, saving lives and bringing […]

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Re-imagining Product Lifecycles: The Future of Obsolescence

By GDCA | October 31, 2016

Obsolescence is at the tail end of the product lifecycle, the portion that no one wants to deal with but is critical to mission readiness. Our CEO, Ethan Plotkin, knows the issues well. In his talk, he presents new ways to re-imaging solutions to dealing with the entire product lifecycle to better position for part […]

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Get your boards…while you still can.

By GDCA | April 10, 2016

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 […]

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Innovating Obsolescence: When the Supply Chain Is Around Your Throat

By GDCA | February 26, 2015

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 […]

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Counterfeits Take To the Road

By GDCA | January 16, 2015

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 […]

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Happy Holidays from GDCA!

By GDCA | December 1, 2014

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.

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Building for VICTORY: The U.S. Army and the Vehicle Integration Network Initiative

By GDCA | October 20, 2014

It isn’t a high-profile battle, but those who know are aware that our armed forces are engaged in a perpetual war with an enemy that is, ultimately, unbeatable. That enemy is obsolescence. However, just because obsolescence is inevitable, it doesn’t mean there aren’t victories. Or one singular “VICTORY,” as the case may be.

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Sensors Going Blind: Obsolete Medical Scanners in the Developing World

By GDCA | August 20, 2014

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 […]

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