I just read @quozl’s retrospective on OLPC (great project!) and his list of parts they had to change due to EOL or huge MOQ was quite interesting! I’d love to hear more stories about this and how people have solved them!
My first products are only 4 years old, but I’ve already been hit by parts going EOL. I used a Thermocouple IC from Microchip (MCP9600 I/MX) that suddenly changed version number (MCP9600 E/MX). According to Microchip, there is no change in silicon, but the new version will hang/crash if used with anything but Atmel and Microchip MCU’s. I’ve worked around it by just not doing specific calls to the device, but this cost me and the customer more than 40 hrs trying to solve and follow up with Microchip support. The customer knows it’s not my fault, but still kind of blames me. Reading James list in the post above, I feel that we’ve kind of been lucky not having had more parts cause problems than just this one?
Do you have a story to share on parts going EOL?