Lansdale in the News
Keeping the Classic Mustang Running(11/30/2009)
Keeping the Classic Mustang Running
By Dale Lillard, President, Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc.,
Reprinted with permission from the November 2009 issue of US TECH
If you’ve never designed a nuclear power plant, you might not have given much thought to its electronic control system — the nerve center of everything that goes on there. Just what kind of product technology should a nuclear power design engineer use to build that allimportant control system?
Bear in mind that this same control system will probably have a useful life expectancy of at least 50 years, be highly immune to noise and radiation, and preferably should be a technology that has proven itself capable of working in that environment.
The answer may come as a surprise: Motorola HTL (high threshold logic), a technology which was designed around 1965. This product family is not only still available at
The MC3356, a wideband FSK receiver used in digital data communications is an example of how older technologies continue to support current markets such as the hospitality market. This device is designed for CATV and FM communications equipment, serving as a key building block for media-centric applications. Customers are now designing this device and many others into new designs ranging from short range communication and networking to CCTV and television. The
From the beginning, Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. has specialized in aftermarket technology, manufacturing and supplying discontinued semiconductors and integrated circuits. The key is to develop and sustain strong relationships and partnerships with key suppliers such as Freescale (formerly Motorola Semiconductor) and Philips.
By allowing the original manufacturer to divest itself of a product it can no longer support,
Motorola is a customer that continues to use
Oldies But Goodies
Over the years, many product technologies have come and gone as customers demand more functions, better reliability, and lower cost. This evolution of technology has forced major suppliers to discontinue older technologies to make room for the new. Life cycles have grown shorter for these products as they become more complex. While this change is good for 99 percent of the users, there will always be a small percentage of the market that does not change because of the high cost to redesign and the risks of design failure with the new technology. The military market is a prime example of this. Over 80 percent of the weapons systems in use today were designed in the 70s and 80s when IC technology revolutionized system performance by shrinking size and increasing functionality. Those same designs are still advanced enough — even today — to keep
Our success is based on our ability to manufacture all of the products listed in our catalog. We maintain an inventory of finished goods and can also assemble and test wafers to allow us to deliver freshly minted “old” product in 6 to 12 weeks — the same part the OEM sold, using tooling from the original manufacturer. Our mission is to manufacture important and needed integrated circuits forever. It seems impossible to some, but we have succeeded for 30 years. Clearly, it costs more to buy a part from us today than it did to buy it from the original manufacturer 30 years ago, but then it also costs more to buy a Ford Mustang today, especially one designed 30 years ago. Our commitment is to give the customer the option to continue using the part that works for them in their application. It has worked for automobiles for 100 years, and it works for semiconductors as well.
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