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How does one define obsolete in the ever-changing embedded-computing-technology industry? If an engineer is using a standard off-the-shelf motherboard in an embedded application, the product is in jeopardy of being obsolete every 18 to 24 months. This lifespan is typical for most commercial motherboards. Beyond that lifespan, availability and support become compromised. Despite ongoing technological advancements, most computer-based solution manufacturers cannot afford to continually upgrade their products. It's simply too costly. In addition, it often creates compatibility issues with customer applications.
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