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From: email@example.com (Robin)
Subject: Re: Microchip product release dates
Date: 20 Dec 2002 12:20:53 -0800
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
NNTP-Posting-Date: 20 Dec 2002 20:20:53 GMT
Mike Harrison wrote in message news:...
> I'd pretty much agree - once you have debugged sample parts in your hand, production quantities are
> usually not far behind.
> Remember that many companies sometimes announce products speculatively to gauge interest & see if
> it's worth actually making them.
> Unlike the likes of Motorola, Microchip tend to target the less-than-collossal-volume market, and so
> once a part is in production it is pretty rare to have supply problems.
> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 14:22:03 GMT, Spehro Pefhany wrote:
> >On 20 Dec 2002 05:00:02 -0800, the renowned firstname.lastname@example.org
> >(Robin) wrote:
> >>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.
> >Best regards,
> >Spehro Pefhany
-:) Thanks S.P. and M.H. for good info on impossible subject. This is very helpful.
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