Well if one goes back to 1955 relability was sometimes measured in terms of a few hours of operation(tubes) Now the best systems can get 40,000+ hours under temperature and vibration(Aircraft/Oilfield environment) -- In the 1970's I recall living with the frequent tube replacements on the TV which cost as much as a used car(tubes)
Now for high reliability one faces the challenge of reliability under thermal cycling.
Partly a device issue and partly a packaging issue (newer processes and lower cost devices and packages)
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.