Why your smartphone works even though you abuse it. Reliability engineers to the rescue
|Time:||10:15 am - 11:30 am|
|Location:||151 Everitt Lab|
Open any mobile device, say, a smart phone or tablet, and you will find microelectronic components inside. The same is true if you look inside the dashboard of your car. Failure of a microelectronic component can bring financial transactions, airplane navigation, or anti-lock brakes to a crashing halt. Thus, it is of the utmost important that these components be reliable.
Static electricity poses a severe reliability hazard for microelectronics. With the help of some members of the audience, I will perform demonstrations to illustrate the nature of the electrostatic discharge phenomenon. Then, I will discuss how my research group and others use engineering design to mitigate this reliability hazard.