According to a recent EETech Survey, some of the most pressing challenges electrical engineers face in their roles are:

  • Staying on schedule
  • Staying on budget
  • Not enough engineers on staff
  • Changing and/or unclear requirements
  • Too many projects
  • National or global economic conditions
  • Quality control

Sound familiar? 

According to SnapEDA, engineers spend around 50% of their time chasing part data, and these challenges are definitely to blame.

The good news is, whether you’re working on an NPI, need to quickly find an alternative component or qualify your supplier, MCC delivers the tools to help you:

  • Quickly find the component that matches your specs
  • Run simulations that lead to better designs
  • Minimize costly production disruptions
  • Source alternative parts with ease
  • Select the ideal product for your device
  • Slash production lead times and costs
  • Be more effective and efficient in your role

Armed with these web tools, engineers are free to focus on the work that really matters — product design and redesign — rather than drowning in paperwork every time there’s a component change or supplier issue.

Better yet, all information shown is updated weekly, so you know it’s more current than a printed catalog or PDF you received months ago.

Here’s a quick overview of the powerful resources available at your fingertips on the MCC website:

Tool #1: Parametric Search / Self-Service Catalog

With everything going on in the world and the industry, needing to find a replacement part or alternative component is inevitable. So, we created a robust search feature on our website that allows engineers and procurement teams to cross-reference products quickly and easily. 

Simply enter minimal search parameters, such as:

  • Package type
  • Product category
  • Voltage
  • Current
  • A few characters of a product number

For example, if you typed in Schottky Barrier Rectifiers, you’d get the following results for the available Schottky Barrier Rectifiers:

MCC parametric search result schottky barrier rectifiers - micro commercial components

At first glance, this search feature seems pretty basic. But, if you keep scrolling, you’ll discover a host of useful information and filters:

  • AEC-Q101 Compliance 
  • Automotive compliant PPAP readiness
  • Number of Functions
  • Configuration
  • Package Type
  • Forward Current IF (A)
  • Reverse Current VRWM (V)
  • Forward Voltage VF (V)
  • Reverse Leakage Current IR (µA)
  • Reverse Leakage Current IR (µA)
  • Product Status




You can also use the icons located immediately after a part number in the search results page for quick access to the following:

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  • Datasheet - click the PDF icon
  • Distributor Inventory Search - click the checkmark icon
  • Buy now from Digi-Key - click the shopping cart icon


Tool #2: Product Document Hub

And once you find a component you like in the search results, click on it to get ALL the information you need to make more informed design decisions (with appropriate links to documentation!) for:

  • Status - is the product active, in allocation, or obsoleted? 
  • Check stock/Buy now - check inventory levels and buy from distributors immediately (see tool #3 for more details!)
  • Datasheets - the technical details you need, ready for immediate download
  • Part Details - everything from status to package size, forward current IF, forward voltage VF and other relevant parameters
  • Package - configuration, package type, package specification, component weight and marking code
  • ECN/PCNs - both internal and external change notices, including dates and files
  • Reliability and Chemical Content - everything from the FIT and reliability report to material composition datasheet, soldering profile and tin Whisker Test report in one place
  • Similar Recommendations - see recommendations that could also match your needs and specifications

MCC part and product information Micro Commercial Components

Tool #3: Inventory Search 

Located inside the Product Documentation Hub, the inventory search tool is a hidden gem with the power to help you price and secure quality components in a matter of minutes.

MCC parametric search icons check stock buy now Micro Commercial Components

Simply click on the “Check Stock” button from the product hub to 

  • Check current distributor inventory levels - view distributor supply levels for your component with reliable information updated daily.
  • Shop by region - choose from global, the Americas, Europe or Asia.
  • Compare lead times and prices - determine which distributor has the best timing for you by starting an order from the shopping cart, or select the distributor you have active agreements with.
  • Buy immediately - click on the cart to order available parts from leading suppliers, including Mouser, Digi-Key, Future and Arrow.

You can also use the “Buy Now” button to be taken to the Digi-Key website to begin an order.

Tool #4: Cross-Reference Search

Have a competitor’s component that’s in allocation or will take too long to arrive? Or maybe the part is available, but you think you can do better on pricing? Enter that part number to find recommended MCC alternatives. 

In the search feature, there’s a tab immediately after products that allows you to cross-reference by a competitor’s part number.

MCC crossreference search Micro Commercial Components

When you find an MCC product that aligns with the competitor’s part number, click on the MCC part number for the same gold mine of information we highlighted above on the product detail page — from inventory and ordering to data sheets and documentation.

At MCC, we love being able to help our clients save time and streamline production, whether they need a replacement supplier or have a hard-to-find component. For one leading global OEM, we were able to help the client get to market 8x faster — cutting the lead time from 24 weeks down to three!


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TH Koay, Technical Marketing, MCC

Tool #5: End of Life (EOL) Search

What if a product is discontinued or obsoleted? It can be a headache to quickly find and qualify an ideal replacement, slowing down production and derailing product timelines. 

That’s why we created an EOL function within the search feature. You can find it as a third tab on the search results page.

You’ll immediately see the last ship date, a downloadable EOL report and suggested alternatives.

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Click on one of the obsolete products to quickly access the information necessary to find a suitable replacement and update any necessary information in the Product Document Hub.

Save Time & Secure Your Supply Chain

The MCC website was built with the robust features to save engineers and procurement teams precious time specifying, qualifying and finding alternative components. 

These online resources will help you keep projects moving as they should, stay on budget (or less!) and simplify your procurement and qualification processes. 

Ready to give our robust search tools a test-drive? 

Start in the navigation bar or the search bar on the homepage:

Search functions MCC micro commercial components

And if you need assistance, we’re here to help. Use the MCC website chatbot for fast, convenient support.



Post by MCC
December 5, 2022
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