Jennifer, There's a higher cost to a company if the volume shipment is low and I can expect that such a manufacturer would try to find ways to increase its margins. This is applicable in the military/aero market where there are fewer potential customers and a product can be designed for a buyer only if they agree to pay a higher premium. This is a problem that can be resolved through a strong partnership but again, cost is an issue.
Sometimes component manufacturers resolve the problem of differing environmental specs not by two production lines or methods, but by sorting the product through testing, either in-house or by using the services of a screening house.
I agree with you. From my understanding of most military and aerospace products, they are built and designed with different specs and limitations. If these are designed for the military, how does the sale of the lesser grade commercial parts affect supply of the military/aerospace parts? It does seem like this is maybe a ploy to make more money on the low volume sales.
I agree with the sentiment of this article but as a semicon supplier it is sometimes just not viable to maintain the older silicon fabs that are required to produce the older parts. I suppose if we worked hand in glove with the military customer we could proactively design new products to replace the older ones but the military is notorious for now wanting to requalify their products. It can also be prohibitively expensive to follow this strategy. I would welcome a stronger relationship to avoid "last time buys" but so far we have not been able to achieve this.
The components used in Military/Aero applications are different in terms of the temperature range/ radiation immunity, vibration and such other factors. Hence the manufacturers have to set up separate production lines for them anyway. So how can they be linked to the commercial grade component volumes?
The manufacturing of the military/Aero grade components will always be a low volume one, right from the inception of these components. The manufacturers producing such components are very well aware of their low volume, long life cycle requirement.
So I do not understand how these components also vanish alongwith the commercial grade components.
Are we mixing the two issues? Or is it that the manufacturers are using the commercial obsolesance ploy to hide away these military grade components, create scarcity and jack up their prices?
Joseph, selection of components for the military and aerospace application is a very cumbersome process and atmost care have to beeen taken care. In such industries Quality of the components are one of the main factor and all the components have to undergo various types of tastings and standards. Vibration test, Radiation test, Thermal tests are some of the important tests, where the performance of each components are to be monitored. This is because most of the components are used for mission critical applications.
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