Quoted from Nokoro:
I'm still not following. Does this affect JJP or just those who want to fix the boards themselves?
This only affects repairing of old/used boards.
There are a lot of ways to drive an LED.
If JJP cant get the older parts they will redesign or redevelop a new replacement board around a different driver chip if necessary.
This will not affect the end user, other than possibly higher costs to pay for different parts or development.
Companies continuously upgrade or alter circuit boards based upon durability concerns or parts availability, but as long as any new part works and fits correctly we will be fine.
My concerns as other have stated is the ability to inexpensively field repair a board, on location, becomes difficult if everything is modularized, proprietary or surface mounted. It becomes a lot more complicated than cutting off a transistor or diode or jumping a fuse.
This is especially worrisome if durability is in question. Does the repair tech have to carry thousands of dollars worth of replacement modules for all of the different technologies that are emerging? And then later repair said modules on a more sophisticated bench?
Maybe its just the cost of progress...