Proc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, pp. 961-970, Cranfield University, UK, July 2002

Electronic Part Obsolescence Driven Product Redesign Optimization

P. Singh, P. Sandborn, T. Geiser, and D. Lorenson
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Many electronic parts have life cycles that are shorter than the life cycle of the product they are in. Life cycle mismatches caused by the obsolescence of electronic parts can result in high sustainment costs for long life systems. In particular, avionics and military systems often encounter part obsolescence problems before being fielded and nearly always experience part obsolescence problems during their field life. This paper presents a methodology for determining the optimum design refresh (redesign) schedule for long field life electronic systems based on forecasted electronic part obsolescence and a mix of obsolescence mitigation approaches ranging from lifetime buys to part substitution.

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