2004 Proceedings - 8th Annual Commercialization of Military & Space Electronics Conference, Los Angeles, CA. February 9 - 12, 2004.

Failure Mechanisms in Electronic Products at High Altitudes

N. Blattau, and C. Hillman
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Understanding the risks of using commercial off-the shelf (COTS) electronic components, specifically laptop computers, in a non-commercial environment is critical to designers of military systems. The environment studied in this paper is that of an unpressurized aircraft cockpit operating at 35,000 feet. During operation in this environment, COTS may be exposed to low atmospheric pressure and may experience low temperatures and humidity.

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