How Robust Designs Enhance Automotive Power Module Reliability

The automotive industry, among others, depends on power modules to house and protect delicate semiconductors and other components that power various automobile functions. Given the vital importance of power modules in relation to product reliability, a robust design must be in place in order to mitigate risk from defect, create margins and ultimately satisfy customer expectations.

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How To Answer Reliability and Insurance Questions After an Adverse Event

Reliability is the desired result of product design and testing. Rightly so, as everything from functionality, safety and a brand’s reputation hinges on it.

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Optimizing Automotive Component Reliability with Sherlock

Vehicle technology is rapidly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry. To stay ahead of the competition, manufacturers are tasked with devising new ways to optimize automotive electronics without compromising components or performance.

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Reliability Modeling of MEMS in Automotive Systems

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are increasingly used in safety-critical vehicle systems. This introduces new and evolving silicon and semiconductor packaging technology, and greater failure risk. Computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools are needed to evaluate, eliminate or mitigate susceptibilities to failure modes during MEMS device design.

Topic: Sherlock, Design for Reliability

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Evaluating CAE Tools For Predicting MEMS Reliability

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools are comprehensive, making them exceptional options for determining design properties and performance through an array of engineering analysis tasks, including:

Topic: Sherlock, Design for Reliability

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Featured Webinar: Learn how to accelerate FEA in Abaqus, Ansys and NX Nastran

Abaqus, Ansys and NX Nastran are synonymous with finite element analysis (FEA) and simulation. The host, DfR Solutions’ Dr. Gil Sharon, explains how these tools can be made even more powerful – and PCB modeling faster – with Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software. 

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Migrating Vehicle Evaluations from the Road to the Computer

Electronics integration is prevalent in many markets, perhaps none more so than the automotive industry. As a result, physics-based computer aided engineering (CAE) tools have taken vehicle, subsystem and component evaluations off the road and into the lab, allowing for increased design complexities – and necessitating major reliability testing process changes.

Topic: Sherlock, Physics of Failure

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Solving Module-Level Copper Wire Bonded ICs Failures

Over the past two decades gold prices have increased nearly $1,000 per Troy ounce, necessitating a transition to replace gold with copper bond wires in integrated circuits (ICs). This seemingly small change is actually very significant. The differences between the metals’ properties require full optimization of each module in order to compensate for the nuances of the copper wire bonds (Cu-WBs).

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Automotive Industry Challenges of Replacing Gold Wire Bonds with Copper

For decades, the electronics industry depended on gold for wire bonding. The metal’s softness and oxidation resistance made it easy to manipulate, and very fine bonds could be made without cracking or damaging boards. Temperature cycling was never a major concern – a boon for automotive applications routinely exposed to harsh environments.

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Are GPUs reliable enough to be an autonomous vehicle’s brain?

The technologies currently available to or being developed for the automotive industry are staggering. With these advancements comes the need to examine the types of processing units appropriate to power the autonomous vehicle electronics functionality.

Topic: Sherlock, Physics of Failure, Reliability Physics, Autonomous Vehicles

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