Maxim will notify all customers who placed an order during the last two years for products that are being discontinued. There are several notification mechanisms:
If you purchased the product directly from Maxim or through Maxim Direct Distribution, you will be notified with a Product Discontinuance Notice. The Product Discontinuance Notice will detail the Last Order Date and Date of Final Shipment.
If you purchased the product from one of Maxim's franchised distributors, you will be notified by them.
The Maxim website will list the product as discontinued.
Maxim avoids discontinuing products whenever possible. Maxim will use the Product Discontinuance Notice process to warn of a product's discontinuance at least six months before discontinuing the device. If you are concerned about the long-term availability of a specific Maxim part, you can inquire at: ProductObsolescence@maximintegrated.com.
The Last Order Date is the date when orders will no longer be accepted for a discontinued product. The date will be six months after the Product Discontinuance Notice is released, and identifies the product as discontinued.
After the Last Order Date, new orders will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis for excess inventory not already committed to backlog. No guarantees can be made on availability of supply after the Last Order Date. Maxim will do its best to serve customers and help them manage their Last-Time Buy requirements.
Last-Time-Buy parts are noncancellable and nonreturnable. This ensures that the capacity allocated to support Last-Time-Buy orders is utilized and that excess inventory is reduced. Maxim's distributors, however, may have a more lenient Last-Time-Buy policy. You are encouraged to discuss this with distributors if the need arises.
The Product Discontinuance Notice suggests alternative parts that will serve as a functional equivalent for the discontinued part. Our Applications Staff can also help define a replacement product. For application assistance, go to: www.maximintegrated.com/support.
The product discontinuance process is finalized 24 months after the Product Discontinuance Notice was issued. Any residual inventory may be scrapped and no longer available for sale. You can inquire about product availability by contacting your distributor, an authorized Maxim Representative, or Rochester Electronics.