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Simplify automotive ASIC design with FMEA

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:failure modes and effects analysis? FMEA? automotive industry?

All product development includes an assessment of performance, quality and reliability before a product reaches market. This is especially true in the automotive industry, where manufacturers offer warrantees/guarantees based on mileage. The most common tool used by companies for design, system, and process is failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA). However the depth and focus placed on FMEA depends heavily on whether a company is satisfying an auditor's requirements or whether FMEA is being used as a design tool in ASIC development programs.

In the case of ASIC development, FMEA is an essential tool to examine all aspects of a product specification, including the completeness and potential weaknesses of the technical and economic success of the project. Working with the customer, ASIC providers should also analyze the architecture and device specifications for energy efficiency using the FMEA procedure. In this way, FMEA can be an overall development tool beyond its commonly accepted scope of reliability (design for production) and failure sensitivity (design for test).

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