Automotive electronics testing is one of the most exacting of all test and qualification protocols before production release because of the safety and liability considerations. The AEC Q100 revisions, ZVEI and its French equivalent SIA for accelerated environment stress tests not only list the time or number of cycles that batches of samples have to be tested for, but ISO26262 also defines the set of mission profiles per product application in the car, and therefore potential associated risks and failure mechanisms to cover during the qualification.
Each test takes a fixed amount of time so it can typically take a year or more to run the battery of tests required for a new chip design, and can be cumbersome to reach the actual FIT level required by the standard. This is because most test facilities only have the capacity to run these tests one after the other. However, Presto Engineering has announced that it has a fast track programme that can cut test time down from a year to as little as four months.
This is possible because Presto has the overall oven capacity to run the tests in parallel rather than one after the other, and localized production test cells for read-outs of intermediate chip characteristics during the qualification protocol.
Martin Kingdon, Presto’s VP of Sales, added, “Companies have tried using test facilities in Asia but encountered issues with slow response times, long lead times and slow testing regimes. The automotive industry is moving a very fast pace now with all the innovations being developed in the drive to go electric. Being first to market can make all the difference so time to market is of the essence. Our Normandy Hub is centrally located to provide rapid responses to European customers.
We are in the same time zone and fully understand all the details of automotive qualification and test. The latter is very important as we can draw on our extensive experience to guide customers through the process and tailor the testing to suit the final application of the product. For example, which are the most appropriate stress tests or what additional tests should be done because of the actual application to avoid possible problems later. This level of expert advice also really sets us apart from our competition.”