Designing out obsolescence
Whilst we’d all love to specify designs from a wishlist, the reality is re-designs are often driven from an urgent need to replace an obsolete PCB, invariably within an approved/certified product where everything outside of that re-design must remain static.
“Our company sees obsolescence as an opportunity. We design drop-in replacements for obsolete products. The new product is a brand new design using the latest components. However, it has the same “look and feel” as the original product. All interfaces and protocols are identical. Any component in the customers system will not be able to tell the difference between our new product and the old obsolete product”
This demands the host system and runtime software cannot observe any difference whatsoever between the existing and replacement PCB design, which requires a high level of design skill – given that obsolete design may be 10, 20 or even 30 years old!
Thankfully, DSL’s speciality for over 25 years is embedded electronic design, that niche dictating obsolescence management is the very highest on the agenda.