DFR – Reliability Modeling and Simulation of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Assemblies Using Sherlock


By Josh Akman

The reliability risks associated with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics and printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) can be challenging to evaluate. The integration of COTS PCBAs into larger systems often results from the need to reduce cost and design timelines. In these cases, there is frequently minimal design information available from the manufacturer. Additionally, COTS assemblies are increasingly utilized in non-commercial environments (i.e. military, aerospace). Dedicated resources and significant testing time can be required to assess these assemblies. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of how a COTS PCBA can be assessed using Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, given only a physical sample and no design information. This approach is a cost-effective way to assess board-level reliability and better understand a PCBA’s response to environmental conditions.

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