IC components are finding their way into every major electronics application, across various industries and product categories. For the semiconductor industry, the major focus has been to keep up with Moore’s law and deliver on power, performance, area and cost (PPAC).
While reliability has been on their radar, it has been focused on meeting the demand of consumer applications lasting on average of 5 years. Now, however, reliability is emerging as a key metric alongside other performance metrics. Emerging market segments such as autonomous vehicles, IoT, AI-machine learning, data centers, cloud computing, medical, and high performance industrial applications use chips manufactured in advanced process nodes, subjected to higher utilization, and require reliable operation for 10-15 years. The testing and qualification methods that are currently in use by IC manufacturers do not characterize nor predict the long-term reliability of the components.
DfR Solutions has the expertise to assess, test and predict the reliability of IC components. Our lab has the tools and resources to perform functional, electrical and physical examinations of IC failures. Our experts identify and analyze IC failures to help customers assess product failures that are part of pilot production or full production. The analysis will not only help customers assess the impact but also make the right decision about replacing components to prevent costly field failures. DfR Solutions’ semiconductor wearout analysis can be used to predict the lifetime of ICs due to intrinsic aging degradation mechanisms.
The semiconductor manufacturing and design experts at DfR Solutions identify user-attributable IC failures, qualify an IC component for their product design and evaluate product yield issues during manufacturing.
Electronic components have become more ubiquitous in the last few years. Thanks to technological advancement, they are finding their way into more product categories and industries than ever before. One such recent advancement is the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a network of interconnected systems that communicate using a network protocol. The difference between the current internet and IoT is the heterogeneity.
Automakers are making major strides in autonomous vehicle technology, and are closer to making driverless cars a reality for the average consumer. Meanwhile, Uber made news when they introduced self-driving fleets to the public. While driverless cars may not be pulling into most driveways in the immediate future, it’s clear the race is on.
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