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Reliability shortcomings for micronanotechnology-based systems
Author(s): Ernest J. Garcia; Marc A. Polosky
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Paper Abstract

Micro Nano Technology-Based Systems (MNT-Based Systems) are expected to provide unprecedented capabilities for aerospace applications. However we have not sufficiently addressed the reliability of such systems for a number of reasons. For example, our foundational understanding of such systems is incomplete at the basic physics level and our understanding of how individual subsystems interact is much less than we originally assumed. In addition the manner in which we operate during the product realization cycle has large implications for the ultimate reliability we can expect to achieve. Currently it is quite difficult to determine the reliability of MNT-Based Systems and is in fact borne out by a number of estimates we have seen that are unsatisfactory. We shall discuss a number of issues that at present have slowed our progress in developing NMT-Based Systems and have deterred us from effectively ascertaining the true "reliability" of such systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6556, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security, 655615 (10 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.721251
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Ernest J. Garcia, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Marc A. Polosky, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6556:
Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security
Thomas George; Zhongyang Cheng, Editor(s)

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