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Reliability is defined as the intrinsic "goodness" of a component, and implies that a component will work according to its specification for some defined period of time. In order to understand reliability, one must have a basic understanding of the following items:

  • Reliability Terms and Definitions
  • Statistics and Distributions
  • Failure Mechanisms (die level, package level, system level, and use conditions)
  • Test equipment
  • Test structures
  • Accelerated testing techniques

This material covers these six topics in detail, including reliability terms, statistics and distributions, calculating reliability, test equipment and structures, and the methods for determining the operational (and non-operational) lifetime of a microsystem. It also covers the physics and the methods used for determining the various mechanisms that can cause performance degradation.