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Spirit Electronics CEO Marti McCurdy talks with aerospace and defense experts about high-reliability components and industry-rocking topics affecting the supply chain.

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Spirit Electronics CEO Marti McCurdy talks with aerospace and defense experts about high-reliability components and industry-rocking topics affecting the supply chain.

    ASIC Dive: How to Maximize Time to Market and Program Cost with ASIC Test Programs

    ASIC Dive: How to Maximize Time to Market and Program Cost with ASIC Test Programs

    Zef Malik returns for an ASIC dive discussing the process and benefits to electrical test programs for ASICs. With the design access and knowledge in already part of an ASIC program, testing and qualifying an ASIC can quickly deliver ASIC devices ready-to-use with reliability.
     
    Listen to Zef and Marti discuss:
     
    (2:24) Benchmarking an ASIC
    (6:01) The System on a Chip Market
    (7:10) How ASIC Electrical Test Fits in the Full-Turnkey Screen & Qual
    (11:00) Burn-In, Qualification Challenges, and Simplifying Test Programs
    (14:00) Cost Improvement with ASIC Testing and Wafer-Level Test
    (16:00) Product Roadmap and the Return of US Manufacturing
     
    For more info about ASIC management through Spirit Electronics, visit spiritelectronics.com/services/asic.

    • 18 min
    ASIC Dive: Managing Foundry Selection & Packaging to Maximize Your Program Advantage

    ASIC Dive: Managing Foundry Selection & Packaging to Maximize Your Program Advantage

    Spirit VP Zef Malik remembers the early days of the ASIC industry. While the FPGA and international manufacturing moved aerospace and defense away from ASIC programs, Zef sees ASIC programming growing and changing as domestic manufacturing returns.
     
    Listen to Zef and Marti discuss the technological ASIC advantages and how to maximize these benefits through foundry services and packaging selection.
     
    (1:55) ASICs in the Early Years
    (4:35) ASIC Design Compatibility & Foundry Selection
    (8:25) Silicon Valley Memory Lane & Return to Domestic Design
    (12:30) ASICs, Power & Performance Advantages
     
    For more info about ASIC management through Spirit Electronics, visit spiritelectronics.com/services/asic.

    • 18 min
    Basics of ASICs: How a Multi-Functional ASIC Shortens Lead Times and Secures Your Supply Chain

    Basics of ASICs: How a Multi-Functional ASIC Shortens Lead Times and Secures Your Supply Chain

    Application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) can combine multi-functional components into a single chip. With long lead times and rising prices across the industry, you can own your custom IC, shorten lead times and reduce long-term costs.
     
    Spirit's expertise helps you through the up-front design and engineering to make a full ASIC program possible. In this episode, Marti covers the steps and benefits to running an ASIC program.
     
    Hear about:
     
    (1:30) Types of ASICs
    (4:57) Engineering & design support
    (8:05) Foundry & fabrication
    (11:10) Substrate & packaging
    (11:50) Testing the full range of an ASIC
    (14:05) Storage & banking
     
    For more information about ASIC programs, visit spirielectronics.com/services/asic.

    • 21 min
    How the CHIPS Act Will Impact Services and Supply Chain Around Semiconductor Manufacturing

    How the CHIPS Act Will Impact Services and Supply Chain Around Semiconductor Manufacturing

    The CHIPS ("Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors") Act passed in July authorizes more than $200 billion in federal funds and incentives to encourage semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.
     
    While the main goal is manufacturing, the CHIPS Act also addresses the services, labor and supply chain that support semiconductor production. Spirit CEO Marti McCurdy discusses in this episode what areas of the supply chain could see additional investment and support.
     
    Also critical to supporting semiconductor manufacturing are resources like substrate manufacturing and testing services. Marti discusses how Spirit is positioned to help customers stay ahead of these unexpected constraints.
     
    Find out more about Spirit's testing services at spiritelectronics.com/test.

    • 16 min
    Automating the Supply Chain: How to Develop an Enterprise Resource Planning System

    Automating the Supply Chain: How to Develop an Enterprise Resource Planning System

    Our JD Edwards Oracle enterprise resource planning software is a big system for a small business. Used by Fortune 500 companies, it can manage manufacturing, materials, work, and finances. But when Spirit Electronics implemented it several years ago, our processes only used maybe 5-10% of the program's capabilities.
    With investment and Megan's studied expertise, JDE has given Spirit's processes electronic automation above and beyond what most small business achieve. JDE touches all our departments and workflows and has been a cornerstone in Spirit's team and business  growth.
    In this episode, find out how Megan's programming has helped automate the business and secure resources and data in the aerospace & defense supply chain.
    Learn more about how Spirit can automate your inventory and offer just-in-time delivery for your supply chain.

    • 11 min
    How Spirit Vertically Integrates Component Testing Under One Stop in the Supply Chain

    How Spirit Vertically Integrates Component Testing Under One Stop in the Supply Chain

    The chambers are whirring and ovens firing in Spirit's on-site test lab. What's the buzz around adding so many options for testing under the same roof as authorized electronic component distribution and circuit board assembly?
     
    Marti McCurdy covers the order flow at the Spirit Electronics facility, including:
     
    (2:47) The "umbrella" of services Spirit offers
    (6:00) Value-added test services compared to longer testing programs
    (7:20) System-level testing 
    (8:10) Electrical and environmental testing
    (8:50) Radiation testing
     
    Marti explains the critical piece of managing complex test programs is understanding the customer requirements. Schedule a call with Spirit to see how we can build a custom program to bring your electronics supply chain under one roof.

    • 16 min

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