Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Quality and Reliability, pp. 182-192, Australia, August 28-30, 2002

Using Electronic Parts Outside the Manufacturer's Specified Temperature Range

Michael Pecht and Diganta Das
CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Consortium
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Ray Biagini
McKenna & Cuneo, L.L.P.,
1900 K St. NW
Washington DC 20006


This article discusses the business, product liability, and technical issues that a company must address when using electronic parts outside the manufacturer's specified temperature range. The article begins by explaining the business rationale and opportunities for using parts outside the specification range. The technical issues on how to uprate to provide business opportunities are then presented. Then, the parameters of a product liability prevention program are discussed, emphasizing potential legal concerns. Finally, a case study is presented.

Complete article is available to CALCE Consortium Members.


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