Get Strategic With Military/Aero IC Supply Challenges

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Re: Get Strategic With Military/Aero IC Supply Challenges
elctrnx_lyf   12/17/2010 1:15:55 PM

This definitely seems to be an idea. But even now and in the past finding the right business partner is always part of any aerospace project with respect to the critical components used in the products. Most of the designs will actually use the component that gets the assurance of long-term availability from the semiconductor manufacturer. The idea of SLiM is good but this have to bring together the mil/aero OEM's and the component suppliers under one roof and form a community to coexist. At the end I feel obsolescence is something what u cannot evade but it is a matter of how long OEM's can actually use the same design. One more point is change is inevitable, it is not just the components at certain point we have to redesign due to the other systems that actually gets connected and may also have to add some features.

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Barbara Jorgensen   12/16/2010 5:49:33 PM

It sounds like SLiM is a win-win. Is there any resistance to the concept in the industry? If so, what's the argument? As long as everyone stands to make some profit in the equation it's a viable option.

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Get Strategic With Military/Aero IC Supply Challenges
SP   12/15/2010 5:39:07 PM

Its sounds correct that SLiM is the way electronics supply chain game should be played. Especially in defense designs that are for national security lifecycle management must be the indespensable part of the game. I guess many companies shy away from OM or SLiM because they dont realize how big is the problem obsolescence can cause unless they see when the problem is right on their doors and their critical part of the design is obsolete. I myself have handled OM for big product companies and seen how this issue was kept ignored untill it becomes a reality.

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stochastic excursion   12/15/2010 11:56:54 AM

Sounds like a way to buy some vertical integration.  Does this process include incentives for systems engineers to upgrade their designs for components that are being phased out?  Maybe that's the tail wagging the dog in an industry where requirements "flow-down" is the norm.

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