Industrial Control DesignLine Blog
The push towards fewer shutdowns and breakdowns is getting a bit more help from semiconductor suppliers. At the Freescale Technology Forum, CEO Michel Mayer noted that the chipmaker is getting close to 1 ppm failure levels and is preparing to shift to a parts per billion yardstick.
That's driven in part by automotive applications, where problems can be even more critical than in the factory, though often not as expensive as when problems force production shutdowns.
The continuing push towards zero defects will help equipment makers make incremental advances in reliability and lifetimes, which is particularly good news since the ongoing improvements come with minimal cost.