Electronics and Photonics Systems must be designed and produced to deliver the reliability required for the intended applications. ‘Qualification’ to inadequate levels of assurance and cost-cutting short-cuts can be time-bombs in installed systems.
The vulnerability of such systems can be mitigated by fit-for-purpose qualification and fault-tolerance. Practical solutions for achieving reliability of the original and future components include the streamlined Building Blocks approach with assurance designed to be fit-for-purpose for the level of assembly, sampling to provide statistical credibility and by incorporating redundancy or re-configuration in the systems. Who pays? In a market economy, the end-users must decide whether they want a reliable high Quality of Service and be willing to pay the price. If we keep going for the cheapest, we may get the worst.
This Distinguished Lecture is free to attend and open to both IEEE members and the public. Attendees are requested to arrive by 11.18.