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From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: Microchip product release dates
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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 14:22:03 GMT
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On 20 Dec 2002 05:00:02 -0800, the renowned email@example.com
>Has anyone had good (or bad) experiences with release dates of
>production quantities of new product from Microchip? Are they
>generally on time?
Don't write stuff like that, now I have to wipe all the coffee off my
monitor. Well, the dsPIC is going to be 1 or 2 years late... and
I can think of a couple other parts that were discontinued before
they were introduced (the 8-pin 18Fs), but after they were
announced, and part I was going to design in was about 6 months late
and had a few too many errata...
I'm not sure they are any better or worse than anybody else in
that industry. Don't count on stuff until you see it, and it's
working satisfactorily for your (and most other customers') purposes.
It could still disappear if there isn't enough volume, though uChip is
relatively good about that sort of thing IME. I think there was an
issue with the USB chips involving errata that caused the production
chips to dry up for a bit and then reappear after sufficient time
for a wafer turn (but not many use their USB products anyhow,
even Microchip uses someone else's USB chip in their ICD).
What Microchip and Steve Sanghi are VERY dependable on is maintaining
sufficient *capacity* to produce their products. Their purchase of the
Oregon fab from Fujitsu for pennies on the dollar will only enhance
that. Early in the life cycle of any semiconductor device, caution is
called for if you really, really need the stuff, it may be better
to have a backup plan or to use a more mature device in the
Disclaimer: I/my company am/are uChip consultants. Not that I'd
say anything different because of it.
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