Traditionally the position of reliability analysis in the design and production process of electronic circuits is a position of reliability verification. A completed design is checked on reliability aspects and either rejected or accepted for production. This paper describes a method to model physical failure mechanisms within components in such a way that they can be used for reliability optimization, not after, but during the early phase of the design process. Furthermore a prototype of a CAD software tool is described, which can highlight components likely to fail and automatically adjust circuit parameters to improve product reliability.
- Reliability simulation
- Design centring
- Physical failure mechanisms
- Stressor-susceptibility analysis