Maxim's Product Discontinuance Policy is one of the most liberal in the industry.
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:
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 12 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.
The Last Shipment Date is the latest date for which a product delivery order can be scheduled. This date will be 18 months after the Last Order Date (see last question).
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.
Any minimum order quantity that applies to standard orders will also apply to a Last-Time-Buy order.
Yes. These products comply fully with Maxim's standard manufacturing flow and carry Maxim's normal warranty.
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.
Yes, in many cases there are. Each discontinued part's QuickView data sheet will automatically show any recommended alternative parts.
You can send your questions to our applications support team.
If you are a direct customer of Maxim, contact your local Maxim sales office. If you purchased the part(s) from a distributor, contact your local distributor. A list of contacts can be found at: www.maximintegrated.com/sales.
Send your questions to the Discontinuance Coordinator at: ProductObsolescence@maximintegrated.com.
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.
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