IEEE Transact IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 729-737, December 2001.
D. Das, N. Pendse, C. Wilkinson, and M. Pecht
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
The availability of electronic parts rated for operating temperature ranges wider than 0-70oC (commercial temperature range) is decreasing, as semiconductor manufactruers are prone to test and rate parts only in terms of "commercial" applications (e.g., consumer and computer products). Nevertheless, there is a need for parts requiring a larger operating temperature range, especially in avionics, military, automotive and oil drilling electronics. This paper presents a "parameter recharacterization" method for part use outside part manufacturer's specified temperature rage. Cautions that need to be undertaken for successful parameter recharacterization are also presented.
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