How Life Cycle Mismatch of Components and Products Impact Obsolescence

How Life Cycle Mismatch of Components and Products Impact Obsolescence


The rapid growth in the electronics industry has spurred dramatic changes in the electronic components life cycle.


Increases in speed, reductions in feature size and supply voltage, and changes in interconnection and packaging technologies are becoming events that occur monthly. Consequently, many electronic components have a life cycle that is significantly shorter than the life cycle of the end product. The part becomes obsolete when it is no longer manufactured. This can be due to the demand dropping to low enough levels that it is not practical for manufacturers to continue to make it, or because the materials or technologies necessary to produce it are no longer available.


With the average person spending almost a $1,000 a year on consumer electronics, this technology driven market is always looking for new innovations. The public’s demand for products with increased warranties only makes the obsolescence problem worse. Therefore, unless the system being designed has a short life, or the parts are designed specifically for the product, there is a high likelihood of a life cycle mismatch between the parts and the product.


Obsolescence issues are known for being a concern when it comes to the military and avionics. Short life cycles of components have caused distress for products that need to be in the sky or under the sea for 30+ years. We are now seeing obsolescence issues in other industries including oil and gas, rail, medical, and nuclear industries, amongst others due to shorter life cycles of components.


As mentioned in our previous blog, the average production life cycle of electronic components is 3-6 years, so when products are lasting longer than this time, problems occur. Since redesign is a major expense it is important to have a proactive obsolescence management program. Having a dedicated and comprehensive component obsolescence process is the key to meeting product life cycle requirements, balancing the various business and design needs, and ensuring a quality product.


As a leading global independent electronic component distributor, Advanced MP Technology keeps close look on updates in the technology field to adopt our resources and capabilities to support the most up-to-date applications and products, providing the highest level of service to our customers. We have integrated component obsolescence solutions in place to help our customers with any need that may occur.