Still have 680x0 processors on a board? - Rochester continues supply

July 07, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Rochester Electronics has added End-Of-Life support for Freescale MC68040 MPUs; the arrangement covers MC680x0 family derivatives including 68020, 68030, 68040 and the 68060, plus the ability to support 68882 floating point co-processor and 68360 companion chip.

Rochester Electronics has been licensed by Freescale to provide a continuing manufacturing solution for the Freescale MC68040 32bit microprocessor product family. Freescale announced discontinuation of the 68040 devices and will be shipping the last products they will produce until November 2015. The agreement between Freescale and Rochester provides customers of the legacy MPUs with access to a secure and reliable source of parts for continued product supply.

Rochester Electronics is fully stocked with original Freescale packaged parts and silicon dice from which it will manufacture a variety of device options. The company’s experience as continuing manufacturer and long-term aftermarket support solution for end-of-life, obsolete and discontinued semiconductors enables it to guarantee supply of these parts. Freescale has also provided access to full design and test IP, making it possible for Rochester to continue manufacturing products even if all existing wafer stocks are exhausted.

In addition to the 68040 family, Rochester legacy support includes 68020, 68030, 68060 and the 68882 floating point coprocessor. Freescale will also be supporting Rochester on the supply of the MC68360 QUICC communications processor, which went EOL at the end of April.

The MC680x0 family was widely applied in sectors including military, aerospace, transportation, medical, industrial and communications, all of which are characterised by long installed product lifetimes and the need for extended availability of component parts. Rigorous qualification and standards approval processes can make redesign of systems in these areas either difficult or prohibitively expensive.

The company adds; “... [the] capability to continue production of a Freescale licensed and authorised solution will save customers immeasurable redesign costs, time and effort. Our in-house design, assembly and test operations allow for smooth continuous indefinite production and supply”.

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