Avoiding obsolescence issues

In this article, Mouser explains why component obsolescence is an increasing headache for buyers and how sourcing the latest technology helps sidestep the issue

Few things are more frustrating to buyers and engineers than a delay caused by obsolete components or components not recommended for new design (NRND). The number of components reaching obsolescence has increased over time, with reasons including more advanced manufacturing capabilities, greater feature integration and pressure to adapt to quickly changing consumer tastes.

Constant demand for new products tends to shorten product life cycles. This often translates into components becoming obsolete at a faster pace. In 1970, the average life cycle of a semiconductor was expected to be 30-years. Today, that number has reduced to under 10-years.

Identifying product lifecycle and NRND products are two examples of value-added services from high service distributors. For example, Mouser gives suggestions for component alternatives, along with the risk level assessment for those potential replacements.

Having the most advanced technology to develop cost-efficient prototypes limits costly redesigns, manufacturing delays or even a project’s termination. It also helps designers deliver more product features/capabilities, plus longer lifecycles.

Mouser’s customers can be confident they are working with the most advanced, genuine electronics available and can subscribe to receive product notifications. The company offers real-time product availability through its website and customer service representatives.

Mouser’s Purchasing Resource Library features articles and videos designed to help buyers make informed purchasing decisions. The library contains instructional videos developed in partnership with leading manufacturers. It also features articles addressing trending topics, such as vehicle charging infrastructure, chip shortages and supply chain challenges.

The company’s website also offers links to services and tools including the FORTE intelligent BOM tool, Price and Availability Assistant and API hub.