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Our Practice on Product Longevity
Time & Money
Component End-of-Life (EOL) has a huge impact on every part of your business.
- Purchasing organizations report they spend up to 60% of their time managing EOL devices to maintain supply.
- R&D teams say they spend 30% of resources redesigning existing systems to keep them in the marketplace (and the revenue coming in!).
- Finance organizations complain they have up to 10% of their inventory capital consumed by devices on EOL notification because they bought 2-3 years' supply on the Last-Time-Buy.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that marketing and sales often must delay introducing new, innovative products because their R&D organizations are consumed in redesigning existing products.
We know of one client where another supplier EOL’d devices used in 30 different systems. That particular EOL consumed their entire R&D team's time for three years. What would three years without any innovation do to your business?
Microchip will never put you in that position.
A History of Product Longevity
At Microchip we have a 25-year practice of not putting our clients through the pain and cost of redesigning for end-of-life. We call it client-driven obsolescence, and the idea is very simple: we will supply a product as long as there is a customer somewhere who wants it. Five years? Ten Years? Twenty? You decide.
It is one of the things that truly sets Microchip apart from other suppliers: We manage our business in such a way as to be able to assure our clients we will never leave them high and dry.
Of course, there is always the rare situation where one of our suppliers makes it impossible to continue producing. In that rarest of