The purpose of qualification testing is to determine the life of a product, and most device lifetimes can be represented by this simple curve from the potential early fail rates to the eventual life wear out.
Mean Time Between Fails (MTBF) and Failures in Time (FIT) rates are typical statistics customers ask for when inquiring about a device’s reliability. These measures of a product’s life are calculated via the data taken to understand these questions. These values are calculated by TI’s internal reliability testing.
TI’s MTBF/FIT estimator search tool allows you to find generic data based on technology groupings to estimate these typical questions and shows conditions under which the rates were derived.
Simply enter a part number, and the tool will present the data. All terms used in the tool and definitions can be found on our reliability terminology page.
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