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  1. nospam

    nospam Guest

    I get a design job yesterday, in a bit of a hurry want prototypes in about
    2 weeks.

    Infineon do a smart MOSFET highside switch which is an excellent match for
    the requirement. I have used it before sourced from a UK catalog supplier.

    Before designing it in I thought I ought to check I could get some quick
    and on future availability.

    I find 2 UK catalog suppliers have now dropped it, probably because it is
    not ROHS compliant and as a fundamentally automotive part there is no ROHS
    compliant version and it looks like no plans for one. My application is
    military and will be built in the States so **** ROHS.

    So I phone round the 5 UK Infineon distributors, all were more or less
    tedious to deal with, all quoted the same 2.5k MOQ and lead times from 4 to
    20 weeks (which makes me think none of them actually know what the real
    lead time is).

    So I phone Infineon UK and someone tells me for anything to do with parts I
    need to phone Germany and gives me a number.

    I phone Germany trying to find out if and how I can get preferably less
    than 2500 parts in definitely less than 20 weeks.

    The guy I speak to knows less about the part than I do and doesn't seem
    interested in finding out.

    "Have to tried your local distributors" - Yes all of them
    "Perhaps it is a new part" - No
    "Perhaps it is obsolete" - No
    "Have you tried phoning some other distributors"? - Are you telling me the
    way I can find out if I can buy some of these parts in less than 20 weeks
    is to phone each of your world wide distributors till I do or don't find
    some?

    I think he realised how stupid his suggestion was.

    I ask can you tell me if any distributors have this part on order or that
    you have shipped this part to? - No I can't tell you he says.

    Sensing I was not very happy and this wasn't going anywhere useful, or that
    he wasn't prepared to take it anywhere useful he suggested I emailed
    Infineon support about it (probably so I could be ignored at their
    leisure).

    It is not like it is a real obscure part, searching the web gets plenty of
    hits on far east semi-clearing house operations, one even showed 1/4 of a
    million in stock. I think a UK clearing house place has found 1k somewhere
    in Europe, they are getting back to me.

    Later in the day I want some Microchip parts, so I log on to Microchip
    Direct and find every part I look at is in stock with a choice of package,
    speed and temperature options. Prices are keen, delivery charges are
    reasonable and after a few mouse clicks the stuff will be on its way to me
    DHL from Thailand the same day. What a world of difference.

    I wish more component manufacturers would wake up and realise their system
    of distributors is a failing obsolete relic which needs to be put out of
    its misery.

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  2. TT_Man

    TT_Man Guest

    SNIP
    Have you tried Digikey.com there are some handsome savings to be made
    sometimes- 70% gross is realistic, 30% net
     
  3. nospam

    nospam Guest

    They list the part and showed no stock.

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  4. JW

    JW Guest

    What part were you looking for?
     
  5. TT_Man

    TT_Man Guest

    Seems to be a secret.....
     
  6. And never forget www.findchips,com

    Also, don't always believe the 'no stock' figure on the first page of Digikey's search results -
    I've seen it do this thna show plenty of stock on going to the product page
     
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