Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Tabletop Exhibit, pp. 391-398, Maui, Hawaii, February 5-7, 2002

The Business, Product Liability and Technical Issues Associated with Using Electronic Parts Outside the Manufacturer's Specified Temperature Range

Michael Pecht
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Ray Biagini
McKenna & Cuneo, L.L.P.
Washington DC 20006


This article discusses the business, product liability and technical issues that a company, which uses electronic parts outside the manufacturer's specified temperature range, may face. 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.

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