TERN has been providing products for OEM users since 1993. We recognize and appreciate the importance of having a reliable, consistently available design. In the rapidly changing embedded world, this can often be a challenge.
Processors and technologies are declared obsolete with little warning. Many embedded users have probably been victims to this trend. A board design that’s been in use for years is suddenly declared EOL, and the product development cycle has to be restarted from scratch… often with new engineering staff, development tools, and processor architectures. All of the previous development effort is wasted.
TERN is strongly committed to the goal of offering consistent, reliable embedded board designs that will be available for years and even decades. Many of our original customers have now been buying the same designs for 20+ years.
No one can avoid change as the underlying technologies evolves, but our goal is to make this as transparent as possible for our customers.
We take three steps:
- We try to inventory, at our expense, single-source components if they’re in danger of becoming declared EOL;
- We work with third-party vendors to develop multiple replacement sources for any vulnerable components;
- Finally, we design replacement solutions that are drop-in compatible at the source, firmware, or hardware level.