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11 September 1997 Failure rate estimation in the case of zero failures
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When a reliability test ends in zero units having failed, traditional reliability calculations suggest that the estimated failure rate is also zero, assuming an exponential distribution. However, this is not a realistic estimate of the failure rate, as it does not take into account the number of units on test. In such cases, a reasonable approach is to select a failure rate that makes the likelihood of observing zero failures equal to 50%. In other words, we select a failure rate that carries with it a high probability of observing zero failures for a given reliability test'. In this paper we review this methodology and demonstrate how it has been implemented at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) through a user friendly EXCEL based software application. Customized software tools such as this have led to increased awareness, productivity, and accuracy in reliability calculations at AMD.
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David J. Meade "Failure rate estimation in the case of zero failures", Proc. SPIE 3216, Microelectronic Manufacturing Yield, Reliability, and Failure Analysis III, (11 September 1997);


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