Using Plastic-Encapsulated Microcircuits in High Reliability Applications
L. Condra, G. Kromholtz, M. Pecht, E. Hakim
This paper describes technical and management aspects of using plastic-encapsulated
micro-circuits (PEM's) in applications in which military, hermetic microcircuits
have tradition-ally been required. In order to implement the use of PEM's
in such applications, it is necessary to re-evaluate the entire system
of qualifying, procuring, using, and ensuring reliability of parts, and
of the products in which they are used. Technically, the disciplines of
reliability, accelerated testing, design of experiments, and physics-of-failure
must be used as a comprehensive set of tools to implements and manage the
use of PEM's. Finally, an effective and efficient system for collecting
and analyzing data must be set up to provide information for rational decision-making.
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