Breathing New Life into Obsolescence
Increased usage of commercial integrated circuits (ICs) in long lifetime military systems (with 20-30 year life cycles), coupled with the steady decrease of commercial IC life cycles (typically 2-3 years), has caused component obsolescence to become an increasingly difficult aspect of managing production logistics and procurement for military systems. In many cases, due to component obsolescence, the required device packaging configuration (e.g., DIP, TSOP, SOIC, PLCC, PQFP, etc.), or bare die cannot be located, even though the product may be readily available in an alternate package footprint from the manufacturer or through distribution.
XTREME Semiconductor now offers a reliable, cost-effective, high or low volume Chip Recovery service to remove silicon die from any plastic or ceramic package while maintaining full die functionality. These die are then available to be used in bare die form or they can be re-assembled into any available alternate plastic or hermetic package that meets the form, fit and function of the desired obsolete semiconductor product. Chip Recovery also provides a low-cost, quick-turn source for die required for hybrid development projects where small quantities of die are required and purchasing a full wafer or multiple wafers is not cost-effective.
Chip Recovery products are a cost-effective alternative to other higher-cost solutions such as redesign or reverse engineering of the microcircuit chip to resolve product obsolescence issues (DMSMS). Our Chip Recovery process uses chemical and mechanical processes that are no more aggressive than those used when the original die was fabricated.
The Chip Recovery process provides additional assurance in knowing that only fully inspected, authentic Original Component Manufacturer (OCM) die are re-assembled into the finished product significantly reducing the risks associated with receiving counterfeit devices.
For more information on Chip Recovery Products or to learn how XTREME Semiconductor can assist you in solving your product obsolescence issues, please contact your XTREME Semiconductor Representative in your region.
Chip Recovery Brochure - May 2015
AA&S Chip Recovery Solutions for Product Obsolescence