ASIC replacement in a Eurofighter thick film hybrid

How do you keep an essential system piece of equipment in production when your ASIC vendor disappears? Even more difficult if the ASIC is at the heart of a thick film hybrid, which itself is only a component in a complex electronic module. How can you best minimse requalification costs.

The original ASIC was produced by ES2 (European Silicon Structures). With our previous experience of ES2 software and processes, and of Lattice Logic software (From the Edinburgh company not Lattice Logic Inc), we were able to migrate the design onto an Actel antifuse programable logic device.