Traceability or Where Has This Legacy Part Been?

bigstockphoto_eyesee_40215How do you get traceability to the original manufacturer on a part that is obsolete and no longer available from the component maker?

Inland Empire Components works with our clients to secure the supply chain by addressing the question, “Where did this part come from?”  Effective September 16th, 2016, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)  released Procurement Notes relating to the purchasing of part numbered items. The notes state that contractors to the DLA shall notify the contracting officer when  there is a change in the availability or revision of a part number.

The focus here is on the language regarding discontinued and obsolete parts and the traceability requirements of contractors. Our challenge in providing spare parts to the clients that rely on us for legacy components is providing traceability that is acceptable. The goal is to make sure parts are identified throughout the supply chain including the name and location of every supply chain intermediary between the contractor to the Government. I use this example to help my clients understand how we provide traceability when required.

There are various solutions to providing acceptable traceability. Not every solution is noted here, however, the following describes what we look for when evaluating an obsolete part.

  1. Electronic material purchased from the original manufacturer will generally come with paperwork certifying the form, fit, function and that the product conforms to technical requirements. This document is usually signed by the Quality Manager. This traceability paperwork should remain in the box with the material and not be separated. Buyers, receiving, inspection and warehouse personnel can implement systems to manage the traceability document including scanning the document when it arrives in the building and keeping it in an easily accessible archive. When traceability documents are available, we keep these in digital PDF format readily available for retrieval.
  2. Microcircuits and semiconductors without traceability can be confirmed by a certified testing facility. A series of tests can be ordered including external visual inspection, physical dimension, marking permanency, internal visual inspection or  de-cap (removing the top of the part to view the component die inside),  X-Ray, XRF analysis, AC / DC functional electrical testing, date code verification, burn-in qualification, and solderability testing. Clients are encouraged to test within their own facility to protect intellectual property. This provides for comparing known good parts to the obsolete parts being screened.
  3. Offers to purchase excess surplus material should come with a request for all traceability documents. These are usually packing slips with the Quality Assurance stamp and signature of the Quality Assurance Manager. As an alternative, the Quality Assurance Manager at the facility selling the surplus material can provide a blanket certification for the lot of material referencing the purchase order numbers. When this material is resold in the market place, this traceability document can be provided to the buyer of the material.
  4. Acceptable traceability may be a document provided by the dealer or reseller that certifies the supply chain traceability back to the original manufacturer based on information received. In other words, trusted suppliers in the network state how the part came through the supply chain and that is documented for the buyer on a company statement or certificate. For example, we recently sold an item that did not have actual paperwork tracing back to the manufacturer. We purchased the surplus material from a defunct out of business supplier that previously sold parts to the DLA.  The supplier had sold the exact part from the exact lot on a previous contract to the DLA so we offer a traceability statement with our certificate of conformance because we know the supply chain intermediaries – the original manufacture who sold to the out of business distributor who sold to us. This traceability statement was satisfactory to that client.

Ultimately, when it comes to determining if a legacy part is indeed real and from the original manufacturer, the supplier will need to work with the buyer to provide acceptable traceability.  We want everyone to sleep at night knowing the best was done to protect the supply chain.

Dana Jiron
Inland Empire Components, Inc.


10 Ways To Identifying a Trusted Supplier

hands-1445472_960_720Finding a trustworthy and experienced supplier can be one of your most elusive purchasing challenges. In addition, suppliers play a key role in your ability to conduct business. It is to your benefit to develop strong supplier relationships.

Choosing the right supplier is crucial to business success. Good suppliers provide the right products and parts on time to specifications in the condition you ordered. They offer candid insight, make suggestions to improve your business, provide training, often provide terms, and provide you a relationship of trust and dependability.

Wrong suppliers, however, may impart upon you financial irregularities, counterfeit goods, and fly-by-night operations. Unfortunately, during times of market shortages, the electronic components industry attracts unscrupulous people and it is up to you to determine the credibility of your supplier.

When Inland Empire Components needs to qualify a vendor, we follow specific steps each time. The following steps are a few tricks we have honed over the years in order to motivate suppliers to do exactly what they say they are going to do.

The first step is to get your current supplier list into a database system so you can track who they are, what they sell, and rate their reliability. This doesn’t have to be an elaborate system. You can use Microsoft Excel, Access or some other contact management software to store the information. You want to be able to call, e-mail, fax and mail to your suppliers at will. In a perfect world, you should be able to look up your suppliers by name, manufacturer, part number, value-added services, etc.

We utilize a rating system with each of our suppliers. Our clients rely on us to provide quality products and services fast and we expect no less from our own suppliers. We measure suppliers on delivery, product quality and cost savings suggestions (CSS).

Before a supplier can sell to our company the firm must have the quality products and services we need and be able to deliver them on time. This criteria is challenging when procuring obsolete and end of life products.

Here are 10 ways to identify a trusted supplier and what we look for:

  1.  Review company references to confirm validity of the entity
  2.  Review the counterfeit mitigation plan and review the return policy
  3.  Identify the quality ratings on the online services and watchdog organizations
  4.  We look for suppliers who have a minimum five-year proven track record of success
  5.  Contact another supplier in the same region to get feedback, particularly if the  supplier is  overseas
  6.  We favor suppliers who have a third party certified quality management system
  7.  Review their website. If they don’t have one it can raise a red flag
  8.  Review for company information
  9.  Request samples and pictures and ask for the traceability of the part if they have this documentation available
  10. Ask the supplier to provide a test report if it is available.Responsive suppliers will respond with good information and deliver quality product over and over again

About Inland Empire Components:

Established in 1989, Inland Empire Components, Inc. (IEC) is a known, liked and trusted provider of procurement solutions to the buyers and engineers at original equipment and contract manufacturers.

IEC distributes the electronic parts and materials needed to keep manufacturing lines from going down.  IEC specialized in challenging diminished supply chain solutions including spare parts, obsolete, hard-to-find procurement support for highly-allocated board-level electronic components as well as the commonly available or long lead time situations.

IEC provides a level of quality and service that exceeds the industry’s highest standards. With our local ESD compliant warehouse packed with millions of parts ready to ship today and billions more available from around the globe, IEC is recognized as a preferred vendor to some of the world’s largest OEMs and EMS Providers.

Contact Information:
Inland Empire Components, Inc. (IEC)

5 End of Life (EOL) Material Management Tips

Product line changes and upgrades may bring current material to the end of their life cycle.

If you are sourcing a part that is critical in your application but coming to the end of its availability, these 5 tips will help you manage your production schedule.

1.  Once you have received an End of Life (EOL) notification from your component manufacturer or franchise distributor, you can usually continue to purchase the product until the Last Time Order date if product is still available. Signing a support agreement with the part manufacturer or their authorized supplier prior to designing an expensive or crucial part onto your circuit board will help in getting continued support through the term of the agreement.

2.  Monitoring potential EOL products on your Bill of Material (BOM) can be done by visiting the Product End of Life section of most manufacturers. Alternatively, you can subscribe to a BOM management software service that monitors the availability of your material.

3.  Product longevity is an important part of the engineering and design process. Selecting material that comes with a 10 -15 year product longevity commitment from the manufacturer will ease the risk of EOL product shortages.

4.  Some after market component manufacturers are purchasing EOL dies from major part Original Component Manufacturers (OCMs) for continued product support. Ask your salesperson if there is a company that is licensing the technology for future reference. Buying parts that are manufactured by an aftermarket licensing may be an expensive but is still a viable solution.

5.  Buy from a trusted source (yes, like Inland Empire Components, Inc.) who specializes in providing you the material you need when you can’t source it from your regular supplier.

About Inland Empire Components:

Established in 1989, Inland Empire Components, Inc. (IEC) is a known, liked and trusted provider of procurement solutions to the buyers and engineers at original equipment and contract manufacturers.

IEC distributes the electronic parts and materials needed to keep manufacturing lines from going down.  IEC specialized in challenging diminished supply chain solutions including spare parts, obsolete, hard-to-find procurement support for highly-allocated board-level electronic components as well as the commonly available or long lead time situations.

IEC provides a level of quality and service that exceeds the industry’s highest standards. With our local ESD compliant warehouse packed with millions of parts ready to ship today and billions more available from around the globe, IEC is recognized as a preferred vendor to some of the world’s largest OEMs and EMS Providers.

Contact Information:
Inland Empire Components, Inc. (IEC)


Inland Empire Components, Inc. Announces Women Owned Certification by WBENC

Seal_color - CopyDistributor and Procurement Service Provider Adds Premier (WBENC) Women Owned Certification
LAKE ELSINORE, California May 23, 2016–Inland Empire Components, Inc., an established local and global distributor of electronic components and procurement services, has received the nationally recognized Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification.

Thousands of major U.S. corporations and federal, state and local government entities recognize the WBENC certification. “With the many conferences, networking and match maker events offered by WBENC, it made sense to become a member. WBENC offers a safe environment for corporate procurement executives to vet new suppliers. WBENC certification doesn’t guarantee business or contracts. The certification is a foot in the door. Once you are inside, you still need to provide premium solutions, products and services,” said Inland Empire Components, Inc. President & CEO, Dana Jiron. “Our focus on making it easy for customers to do business with us includes the proper certifications. Many of our customers are performing on government contracts and we help them meet their diversity goals through the various certifications.”

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country.

About Inland Empire Components, Inc.

Established in 1989,  Inland Empire Components, Inc. is a leading stocking distributor with millions of legacy and new electronic components in stock located in their Lake Elsinore warehouse, with billions more available through an exclusive network of quality suppliers. Inland Empire Components, Inc. provides  the most difficult to locate board level components including diminishing supply, MRO, and spares.  The company services OEMs, EMS and distributors globally in the technology sector including aerospace, military, communications, medical, consumer and industrial industries. The company also provides sourcing and procurement and excess inventory solutions to large and medium corporations from their ISO9001:2008 and AS9120A certified facility.


Dana Jiron
President & CEO
Business Development




MC68HC705C8ACFNE Ready To Ship

About MC68HC705C8ACFNE:

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Freescale Semiconductor has announced that the MC68HC705C8ACFNE is not recommended for new designs as the lifecycle is declining. There is still limited supply in the market place with lead times up to 8 weeks.

Inland Empire Components, Inc. has a quantity available ready to ship in 1 – 2 business days of the MC68HC705C8ACFNE.

You can request a quote for the MC68HC705C8ACFNE here.


  • EU RoHS Compliant
  • Data Bus Width (bit) – 8
  • CECC Qualified – No
  • Core Architecture HC05
  • Instruction Set Architecture CISC
  • Device Core HC05
  • Maximum Clock Rate (MHz) 2.1
  • Program Memory Type EPROM
  • Program Memory Size 8KB
  • RAM Size 304B
  • Family Name HC05
  • Maximum CPU Frequency (MHz) 2.1
  • Number of I/Os 24
  • No. of Timers 2
  • Interface Type SCI/SPI
  • SPI 1
  • UART 1
  • Programmability – Yes
  • Minimum Operating Supply Voltage (V) 3
  • Typical Operating Supply Voltage (V) 3.3|5
  • Packaging Tube
  • Maximum Operating Supply Voltage (V) 5.5
  • Minimum Operating Temperature (°C) -40
  • Maximum Operating Temperature (°C) 85
  • Mounting Surface Mount
  • Package Height (mm) 3.69(Min)
  • Package Length (mm) 16.66(Max)
  • Package Width (mm) 16.66(Max)
  • PCB changed 44
  • Standard Package Name LCC
  • Supplier Package PLCC
  • Pin Count 44
  • Lead Shape J-Lead

MC705C8ACPE Ready To Ship

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About MC705C8ACPE:

Freescale Semiconductor announced on March 19th, 2014 the discontinuance of MC705C8ACPE Microcontrollers. All orders for the discontinued product must have been received by Freescale by the last buy date of March 19th, 2015. After the last buy date, Freescale would no longer accept orders for the MC705C8ACPE. Final last ship date by Freescale for the MC705C8ACPE is March 18th, 2016.

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You can request a quote for MC705C8ACPE as Inland Empire Components, Inc. has a limited last time buy available for

Click to here access the MC705C8ACPE Datasheet.

MC705C8ACPE Product Specifications

  • CPU Speed: 2.1MHz
  • Controller Family/Series: M68HC05
  • Core Size: 8bit
  • EEPROM Memory Size: 8KB
  • Embedded Interface Type: SCI, SPI
  • MCU Case Style: DIP
  • MSL:
  • No. of I/O’s: 31
  • No. of Pins: 40
  • No. of Timers: 1
  • Operating Temperature Max: 85°C
  • Operating Temperature Min: -40°C
  • Oscillator Type: External, Internal
  • Packaging: Each
  • Peripherals: COP, POR
  • Program Memory Size: 8KB
  • Program Memory Size: 8KB
  • RAM Memory Size: 176Byte
  • SVHC: No SVHC (17-Dec-2014)
  • Supply Voltage Max: 3.6V
  • Supply Voltage Min: 3V
  • Supply Voltage Range: 3V to 3.6V, 4.5V to 5.5V

What You Should Know About Avoiding Counterfeit Parts

Inland Empire Components, Inc. (IEC) has in place a counterfeit avoidance program which meets industry standards for visual inspection.

We follow an extensive inspection checklist that includes reviewing part markings, packaging dimensions and X-Ray inspection.

Often, customers choose to inspect and test components in their own facility to their specifications. We work with third party approved test houses that provide counterfeit semiconductor detection utilizing methods designed to assist you in making a determination regarding component authenticity.

Third party services range from simple marking and X-Ray inspection to full AC/DC/Functional testing across the entire operating temperature range. Our test house partners provide quick turn times, competitive prices and superior customer service. Testing can be performed to your company’s counterfeit specifications or to generally accepted industry standards such as SAE A6081, SAE AS5553 and IDEA-STD-1010B.

In house and third party partner inspection and testing includes external visual inspection, physical dimension, marking permanency, X-Ray, internal visual inspection with a de-cap machine, OEM date code verification, XRF analysis, blacktop testing, AC, DC & Full Functional Electrical Testing, -150°C to 200°C Temperature Test, Burn-in/Qualification, Solderability Testing and custom requests such as software programs.

There is an excellent free webinar available to watch presented by
SiliconExpert Technologies and Dr. Diganta Das of the University of Maryland CALCE Center on the subject of Counterfeit Electronic Component Detection & Avoidance

Purchasing electronic parts from part manufacturers and its authorized suppliers provides the lowest risk in parts procurement. However, you may encounter part obsolescence, lead time requirements, or unavailability of parts from authorized sources which is the reason parts are purchased from independent distributors such as Inland Empire Components, Inc. There is a need for authentication and screening of parts purchased from such sources to verify their authenticity.

Inland Empire Components, Inc. was one of the first independent electronic distributors to receive the CCAP-101 Certification by Component Technology Institute, Inc. (CTI), Huntsville, Alabama.

According to Elena Malykhina, Technology Journalist in Information Week, Government, DARPA Targets Counterfeit Electronics. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s SHIELD program aims to develop a method to authenticate electronic components. Elena writes that “A new DARPA program, called Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD), will focus on the creation of a small component, or dielet, for authenticating electronic parts at any step of the supply chain. The agency is seeking proposals that would “revolutionize electronic authentication with potential scalability and advanced technology not available today.”

DARPA said the dielet would be inserted into an electronic component’s package at a manufacturing site or attached to existing components. Authenticity testing could be performed anywhere with a handheld probe, which would need to be close to the dielet for scanning. A smartphone, or another low-cost appliance, could be used to upload a serial number to a central server. The server would send an unencrypted challenge to the dielet, which would then send back an encrypted answer and data from passive sensors, indicating tampering.

Technology resulting from the SHIELD program would guarantee protection against threats related to counterfeit electronics, such as recycled components that are sold as new, according to DARPA. Other threats include unlicensed overproduction of authorized components or components that failed tests.

The technology would also help identify and reject sub-standard components that have been sold as though they were of higher quality or which have been labeled with a newer date of manufacture. Additionally, SHIELD technology would protect against clones and copies — often of low quality — and parts that have been repackaged for unauthorized applications.

If you are a fan of Marvel comic books and the movies based on many of the characters, this technology sounds like something out of science fiction.  The reality is that military components will often have a self destructive mechanism embedded inside of them.  Awareness of this fact should help to eliminate the danger of counterfeit electronic components.


Through education, inspection and working with a purchasing partner such as IEC, you can virtually eliminate the risk of bad product entering the supply chain.

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