I was contacted a few weeks ago by a large systems house that occasionally contracts with FMF to provide models of logic components. They got their memory models from another company that they said they were quite happy with – until recently. The other company provided compiled models that only ran in a proprietary environment. The systems house had very long product life cycles so some of the parts in their simulations were at or near end of life. The company supplying the memory models decided their own business interests were best served by discontinuing these models of obsolete parts.
This left the systems house in a bind. They had long term contracts to support and upgrade fielded hardware but their model supplier had just pulled the models out from under them. What to do? (more…)