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What the FAQ with obsolete & EOL parts?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

There’s an old saying that we like the things we know. The same goes with CPUs and other electronics. We use some specific ASICs or FPGAs for years, cause they just are there. And what to do if they become obsolete and manufacturer decided not to offer them anymore?

DCD’s got an answer. Use 1:1 replacement for EOL, which is 100% compatible with an original chip. Both FPGAs and ASICs offer great variety of solutions which can be efficiently and effortlessly utilized in the final design. Here’s a FAQ to help you move forward.

Jacek Hanke, DCD’s CEO says that the experience his company gained during last 20 years is priceless. – Among 70 different architectures one can easily find obsolete and hard to find discontinued electronic components – he says. Basing on hitherto experience, we can say that:

  • 1:1 replacement for most popular architectures that are no longer available is not an issue
  • Having it provided as HDL Source code, will make it valid, never obsolete and ready to use with any future technology,
  • industrial IP Cores might be used either as a replacement for an original architecture or as a main CPU in embedded 8/16/32-bit applications,
  • in these obsolete parts a wide set of peripherals can be utilized to enhance functionality


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