Speeding Up Production in a Chipageddon Environment With Rapid Component Swaps

The deficit of electronic components, surging prices, and prolonged delivery times that stem from the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing all industry players to work in unprecedented market conditions. We help our customers to cope with these problems by replacing, or “swapping out”, scarce components in a wide variety of serial production devices.

In our experience, delivery times for individual components can range from 1 to 52 (and even as much as 70!) weeks. This is the new reality for electronics designers and manufacturers. If you find yourself in a situation where the waiting time for a component is over 15 weeks, and you do not want to stop the production of your product, we are ready to offer you a solution – a plan B that includes an estimate of the timing and costs of redesigning your product.

What Plan B includes in terms of allocation and chippagedon mitigation:

  • Help in the selection of an affordable alternative component with the best available specifications.
  • Preparation of a new BOM (Bill of Materials) with an estimate for the new cost of your device.
  • Ordering of the new component(s) in advance to ensure its availability throughout the production phase.
  • Development of the necessary drivers and other software components (up to the middleware level) that will support the new component(s).
  • Testing of the new version of the device to make sure it works properly.

Our partnerships with electronic component manufacturers and distributors provide us with significant negotiation leverage, the most up-to-date information on the availability of components, and allow us to enjoy top-priority technical support.

In our most recent Plan B project, we helped the customer replace a scarce chip with an affordable alternative and adapted the device drivers accordingly. This task took a total of 8 weeks (4 weeks for the replacement/development + 4 weeks for specialized testing) and accelerated the launch date of the new product by over 20 weeks. The updated device is now continually delivered to the production sites of Swedish and German automakers without interruption.

Analysts predict that supply disruptions will continue throughout the entirety of 2022 and move into the beginning of 2023. Consequently, electronics developers and manufacturers essentially have two options for solving, or at least mitigating this problem:

  1. Optimizing supply chains and partnering with major component buyers that have priority in procurement.
  2. Replacing scarce components in their devices with affordable alternatives or analogs with the engineering support of companies that are ready to meet the agreed deadlines.

Do you want to receive an estimate for the time and cost of a potential replacement of a scarce component in your device?

Tell us about your project. We'll respond today or the next business day.


Our projects


Custom fitness tracker industrial design

Custom fitness tracker industrial design Promwad's white-label consumer electronics design expertise helped the customer produce 10k+ fitness trackers

IPTV delivery: Android and iOS apps with multi-screen We've developed mobile apps for Android/iOS with multi-screen support, which connects 5 devices to 1 account

ROFES, tragbarer Hausarzt mit mobiler App We created the industrial and mechanical design, developed the software, designed the hardware and the test bench for the functional tests.

ZIVE, personal radiation monitor + mobile app We've designed a portable radiation monitor and an app which are paired via Bluetooth for fast-evolving European company

Digital transceiver for kite surfers: design & prototyping We've helped a startup to design a digital handheld transceiver for kite surfers with a built-in MP3 player

Work & Fun transformer: mobile robotic workstation We designed an "all-in-one" system with a set of embedded applications, interactive screen, and robotic servomotor
Enclosure design for Polimaster dosimeter We designed an enclosure of a professional dosimeter and finalize the printed circuit board (PCB)
We helped the client to launch mass production of the depth finder enclosure
Depth finder: industrial & mechanical design We have developed the design and construction of the depth gauge housing according to the customer's requirements
Fish finder Industrial design & new generation enclosure

Fish finder: industrial & mechanical design We have developed a modern industrial design and construction for the next generation fish finder

Smart Health Wristband

Smart Health WristbandWe designed a practical, easy-to-fit and ergonomic wristband with ECG. Industry experts shortlisted it for the industrial design competition

Air quality monitoring system for smart cities We designed a hardware and software system with measuring devices to collect and send the data to Bosch IoT Suite

We developed a device for measuring the concentration of glucose in human capillary blood
Irma glucometer: prototyping & production launch We developed and put in production the Irma glucometer; a device for measuring the concentration of glucose in human capillary blood
selection of materials, enclosure design and structure, manufacturing of Breathalyzer
Lapka breathalyzer: prototyping & production We have developed a breath alcohol monitor with the extreme hardness of the outer enclosure and the inner enclosure resistant to corrosion
TAO WellShell: software and circuit design upgrades with manufacturing support
TAO fitness gadget: upgrades battery life up to 300% Promwad's engineering team upgrade TAO’s software and PCB design to ensure a longer battery life
Development of the device for trusted session

S-Terra trusted module: HW and SW development We have developed a custom bootable medium, which is a USB device and designed to build trusted computing modules

Develop an OTDR for optical data transmission networks

Software development for an optical reflectometer OTDRBy request of the manufacturer of measuring instruments we developed a compact device characterize and locate faults in cable lines

Glucometer for iOS or Android smartphones We have created a mobile gauge of glucose concentration in the blood that works paired with mobile phones under iOS or Android control
Bluetooth device + iOS & Android apps for Parrot We have developed a compact device for collecting data from Bluetooth sensors and transmitting them to the server
We developed the design and structural layout of an enclosure for binoculars
Binoculars: enclosure design & prototyping We developed the design and enclosure for binoculars with a discrete magnification power, as well as manufactured its prototypes
DO-RA dosimeter-radiometer: design & prototyping We have developed the design and structure of enclosures for the line of DO-RA products for measuring radiation
GPS navigator: design and prototyping We have developed a prototype of a compact navigation device which brings the user back to the pre-marked location in a coordinate system
Lapka breathalyzer: prototyping & production We have developed the enclosure design, manufactured the pilot batch and prepared for mass production a set of sensors for iPhone
we developed a multifunction mini-server for solving a wide range of tasks in IP networks, functions as a computer or a server

IP-Plug ARM mini-server: turnkey designWe have developed the multifunction mini-server for solving a wide range of tasks in IP networks, functions as a computer or a server

Car navigator: development + prototyping We have developed a car navigation device which supports GPS, mobile communication and data transmission