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Making Authentic, High-Reliability Circuits Accessible and Available Online

Dec. 9, 2020
By opening thousands of its space-grade and military-grade products online, Texas Instruments is helping aerospace and defense electronics companies worldwide meet growing demand.

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For more than 60 years, Texas Instruments’ integrated circuits have been used to build spacecraft and defense electronics in the U.S., Europe and other regions around the world. With a lengthy track record of manufacturing HiRel products, TI helps assure a steady supply of parts to customers that are developing space, commercial and military applications.

More than half of TI’s manufacturing sites are QML-certified, enabling the company to quickly qualify, manufacture, and ship high-quality, reliable analog and embedded processing products.

Now, the company is making most of its high-reliability (HiRel) semiconductor products immediately available for online purchase on TI.com, helping aerospace and defense companies quickly get the authentic TI products they need for their next-generation space-grade and military-grade designs.

A New Online Option

Engineers and purchasing managers can now access TI’s inventory of HiRel products on TI.com, including radiation-hardened and radiation-tolerant products in the qualified manufacturers list (QML) plastic, ceramic, or silicon packages used in space, avionics, and defense system designs. Buyers can also select specific date and lot codes before placing an order.

“Increasingly, customers are developing highly sophisticated satellites and other advanced electronics that must operate in harsh conditions, and our customers expect shorter supplier lead times to meet mission-critical project timelines,” says Gary Reichmuth, TI’s general manager for aerospace and defense systems.

“With the vast inventory of our HiRel products available on TI.com, supported with lot selection options and associated documentation,” Reichmuth adds, “customers will be able to obtain HiRel products and get to production faster than with other semiconductor suppliers.”

Addressing Power Management Challenges

Two of TI’s newest HiRel space parts include DC/DC buck converters to meet key power management challenges of different satellite mission profiles. The TPS7H4001-SP provides industry-leading power density for full QML-V, radiation-hardness-assured satellite applications, and the TPS7H4010-SEP offers the widest voltage range for the shorter missions of low-earth-orbit satellites.

In addition to power management, aerospace companies can purchase other devices on TI.com, including the LMX2615-SP 40-MHz to 15-GHz wideband radio frequency synthesizer with phase synchronization and the new LMK04832-SP ultra-low noise clock jitter cleaner.

Both of these clock and timing devices support the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) JESD204B standard and help to reduce design complexity and weight, while increasing system stability in satellite systems.

Instant Access

Traditionally, one of the biggest barriers to procuring QML-V and QML-Q products has been access to material content information for ceramic packaging before purchasing those products.  To solve this challenge, TI offers a quality, reliability and packaging data download feature on TI.com, where engineers and purchasing managers can instantly receive detailed ceramic package material information for up to 100 parts at once.

Buyers can also access details about restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS); registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals (REACH) and green status. To help simplify aerospace and defense manufacturers’ purchasing experience at any stage—from concept to production—TI also provides:

  • Immediately available inventory. Customers can select from thousands of TI HiRel products to get their space-grade and military-grade systems to market quickly.
  • ·Multiple date and lot-code options. New options on TI.com enable users to select specific date and lot codes as needed before placing an order. Each QML lot ships with a certificate of conformance – a quality conformance inspection and a processing conformance report summarizing traceability and testing performed – per Military Performance Specification (MIL-PRF)-38535.
  • Multiple payment options. TI continues to make it more convenient for companies to purchase and obtain authentic TI products at the lowest online price. Customers can now easily transact on TI.com in U.S. dollars (USD), euros (EUR), British pounds (GBP) and other currencies. TI also offers a line of credit in USD or EUR through Apruve.
  • Quick, reliable shipping. Whether companies need to order a single part or multiple HiRel product quantities, TI simplifies delivery by handling the logistics and importation process in select countries, making it easier for customers to get the products they need.

Opening Doors for EU Buyers

TI.com also makes it easy for companies in the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), Norway, and Switzerland to purchase and obtain authentic TI analog and embedded processing products at the lowest online price.*

In addition to accessing immediately available inventory of its preproduction and volume production products, TI introduced multiple options to transact payment in U.S. dollars (USD), euros (EUR), British pound sterling (GBP), Norwegian krone (NOK) and Swiss franc (CHF) currencies.

“Assurance of supply is top of mind for industrial and automotive manufacturing companies across Europe,” says Stefan Bruder, president of Texas Instruments Europe. “We believe that adding these new purchasing features on TI.com strengthens our customers’ supply continuity and enables them to get TI products quickly.”

*Lowest online prices on 1,000-unit quantities for 99% of TI’s immediately available inventory. Excludes expired products and products sold by nonauthorized sources.