Obsolescence Mitigation (OM) Program
Maxim Integrated's Obsolescence Mitigation (OM) Program ensures a
future supply of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts utilized in
specific long-term programs.
Military prime contractors are now designing with COTS parts to
reduce the cost of finished assemblies. COTS parts can have a
relatively short lifetime, 10 to 12 years or less, compared to
military programs which may span 30 years or more. This product and
program lifetime mismatch can result in obsolescence issues for
long-lived programs causing the prime contractor to face either a
costly redesign or the need to maintain a special inventory of the
obsolete part to ensure supply over the lifetime of the program.
Maxim's OM Program provides a long-term supply solution for
customers needing a long term supply of Maxim plastic parts.
- Maxim posts obsolescence notices with DSCC and with GIDEP;
Avnet and Maxim also notify customers who have purchased a given
part within the past two years.
- When the customer discovers
that a Maxim part on their BOM is being made obsolete, they must
contact Maxim's representative or the Mil/Aero group to enroll in
the OM Program.
- Once enrolled, Maxim works with the
customer to set up a reserve wafer-bank specifically for the
- Future orders are then placed against his
- Provides an assured supply of COTS parts for long-term
- Future-built parts will have the then-current date
- LTB parts all have the same date code.
Program parts built in the future have future date codes.
- Virtually ANY Maxim lead-free part is eligible.
- Applies to non-military and military parts.
not apply to hermetic parts. There may be a rare instance where a
device may not be manufacturable in the future.
- The customer defines the remaining length of the program in
years and the number of parts needed for the projected remaining
life of the program.
- Mil/Aero group calculates the number
of wafers needed to support this requirement.
- The customer
places order for first-year demand.
- First-year demand is
defined as the total life demand divided by the number of
- Maxim builds the first-year demand.
- Maxim sets aside the reserve wafers plus extra to allow for
a possible program extension, or an increase in annual
Note: parts are set aside after the first
- Reserve wafers are held for a
single customer; No one else, even from the same firm, may have
- The customer may place an order for any quantity in
years two through n regardless of the first year's quantity.
- The customer is not required to buy any parts after the
initial, first year purchase.
- Minimum order quantity
(MOQ) for any given buy is 500 pieces.
- If the
customer's program is canceled by their end customer, Maxim
closes out storage and scraps the wafers at no extra charge to
Contact Maxim's Military
Business Manager for more information about setting up an
Obsolescence Mitigation Program.