Arun Ramakrishnan, Toby Syrus and Michael Pecht
CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Reliability is not a matter of chance or good fortune; rather, it is a rational consequence of conscious, systematic, and rigorous efforts at every stage of design, development, and manufacture. High product reliability can only be assured through robust product designs, capable processes that are known to be within tolerances, and qualified components and materials from vendors whose processes are also capable and within tolerances. Quantitative understanding and modeling of all relevant failure mechanisms provide a convenient vehicle for formulating effective design, process, and test specifications and tolerances.
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