Proceedings - Institute of Environmental Sciences, pp. 16-19, 1996

How Burn-in Can Reduce Quality and Reliability

Jill Jordan and Michael Pecht
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Burn-in is an accelerated screen, performed to precipitate potential infant mortality failure in parts. The goal is to prevent early. Defect-related failure from occurring in the field. However, the data presented in this paper show that burn-in does not precipitate a significant amount of failures for some technologies and has, in fact, the potential to cause problems that are not detected during post burn-in examination. This paper exposes quality and reliability problems with burn-in.

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