Re: [midatlanticretro] WFW 3.11 OEM licensing to end Nov '08..
- Bob is correct. I recently wrote an article about very similar issues on
the wireless side of the embedded chips space. Some parts (okay, most) of
the article are OT: here but other parts quote industry execs saying
exactly what Bob said.
>>> For those who don't work with embedded systems, end-users often DEMANDthat no changes are made to the product for years. Changing any part
of it requires many months of testing in the customer's labs, then
their customers have to run tests, and then it finally gets deployed.
That's sometimes a 2-year cycle for my industry. Another interesting
point is that most chip makers have two groups: one that makes/sells
the latest chips, and another that sells the latest chips that they
plan on supporting and supplying for at least 5 years. Before they
include a chip in a design, most embedded shops require a statement
about the expected end-of-life date for each device.
> Whoever wrote the article has never worked in the embedded world.The follow-up comments on the "article" (actually a blog entry) are
rather informative, and I recommend them.
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