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Supply Chain - Again...

This is just getting worse, folks. The way our supply chain experts describe the situation to me: "There are parts shortages all over." That pretty much sums it up. The situation is unpredictable, dynamic and kind of ugly.

So, what can you do?

  • Expect and plan for the uncertainty
  • Assume that any part could go out of stock at any moment
  • Plan for substitutions
  • Be flexible with microcontroller variations
    • Be open to substituting memory variants, peripheral variants, speed variants, etc.
    • If you do that, don't forget that you may need to accommodate those changes in firmware or configuration bits
  • Be flexible with MOSFET selection

There is at least one bit of good news though, the big boat stuck in the Suez canal is unstuck and moving again. That won't solve our supply chain problems, but having the canal cleared does prevent some further delays. We have had several suppliers tell us that their parts are in containers on ships that were held up, waiting for the canal to open.

Hang in there folks. It's going to be rough for a few months but we're doing everything we can to help.

Here's the ship, the Ever Given, sitting in our parking lot to scale. It's big.

Ship to scale over plant


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