“These customers absolutely need a reliable source of supply for very old embedded board designs,” Plotkin adds. “We’re still supporting products that were designed in the ’80s, and I consider making sure that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have happy customers to be a core competency.”
GDCA, specializing in manufacturing obsolete embedded computer equipment, has joined forces with Abaco Systems, maker of rugged embedded computing solutions. Together, the companies have completed the transfer of 13 VME I/O product lines from Abaco to GDCA. Customers of the transferred product families now have a path to product availability for as long as needed, officials say, and can take advantage of GDCA’s life cycle assurance services to support particularly long life cycles.
GDCA services customers of legacy products that have become a burden for embedded board and system OEMs to continue supporting. Since its founding in 1987, GDCA has served as a new source of supply for more than 2,500 companies worldwide.
GDCA’s PLM+ methodology provides long-term customer support and sustainment for end-of-life commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom embedded computer boards and systems by using OEM-authorized intellectual property to offer legacy manufacturing, life cycle planning, life cycle assurance, and legacy engineering.
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