Journal of the IES, July/August 1993.

Role of Failure-Mechanism Identification in Accelerated Testing

J. Hu, D. Barker, A. Dasgupta, and A. Arora


Accelerated life testing techniques provide a short-cut method to investigate the reliability of electronic devices with respect to certain dominant failure mechanisms that occur under normal operating conditions.  However, accelerated tests have often been conducted with out knowledge of the failure mechanisms and without ensuring that the test accelerated the same mechanism as that observed under normal operating conditions.  This paper summarizes common failure mechanisms in electronic devices and packages and investigates possible failure mechanism shifting during accelerated testing.

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