Our semiconductor product life cycle commitment

At Texas Instruments (TI) we know semiconductor product longevity is important to you, and it is important to us as well. To help provide continuity of supply of TI products for customers, we use strategies such as inventory management and multiple sourcing locations. TI’s product life cycles are typically 10 to 15 years and may often extend longer, consistent with many customers’ requirements.

We make an effort not to obsolete TI products out of convenience and only obsolete one of our products after careful consideration by senior management. Our full obsolescence policy can be found in TI’s General Quality Guidelines.

To give customers visibility into a product’s stage in the life cycle, we designate the status of each TI product as Preview, Active, Not recommended for new designs (NRND), Last time buy or Obsolete.  

Each product page on TI.com includes the product status alongside the TI product part number. A generic part number (GPNs) is used to represent the range of orderable materials under that GPN.

Product status definitions

PREVIEW This product is prototype/experimental and has not been released to the market. Testing and final processes may not be complete. This product may be subject to further changes or possible discontinuation.
ACTIVE This product has been released to the market and is available for purchase.  For some products, newer alternatives may be available.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR NEW DESIGNS This product continues to be in production to support existing customers.
LAST TIME BUY This product is in the process of being discontinued. Customers may still purchase limited quantities by contacting their TI sales representative or authorized distributor. Please review TI’s obsolescence policy for details on placing final orders and receiving final shipments.
OBSOLETE This product is no longer in production. 

You can find a wide range of design support on TI.com including parametric product search and cross reference search tools or visit the TI E2ETM support forums.