Friday, May 28, 2010

The Future of Combat: Unmanned

As spelled out in the National Defense Authorization Act, the future of combat systems will be increasingly unmanned. While philosophical questions remain, this movement will require the rapid introduction of commercial off the shelf (COTS) technology in a manner not compatible with current military qualification practices. Failure to manage this process could result in insufficient reliability. For more information on how to successfully accelerate COTS qualification for UAV and other unmanned systems, please contact Nathan Blattau,

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Qualifying for Moisture-Containing Environments

Designing and qualifying electronic systems for uncontrolled environment is a challenging task and one of the most difficult is capturing the risks of moisture. Depending upon the location, electronics can be subjected to a range of humidity and even condensation. This white paper by DfR Solutions provides guidance on selecting the right test for your use environment. For more information on test plan development, please contact Jim McLeish,

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is Tin Plating Going Obsolete?

Two years ago, DfR Solutions brought you The Tin Myth, a penetrating insight into how the Hi-Rel Industry was influencing the use of tin plating in fine-pitch components. It seems the battle is continuing to be won.
There are indications that Analog Devices will shortly transition to NiPdAu and several memory manufacturers have suggested to DfR Solutions that they are also planning on introducing NiPdAu into Alloy 42 leadframes. Who's left? Oh, right: Freescale and NXP. Why?! For more information on managing tin whisker risks, please contact Craig Hillman,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DfR's On-Demand Webcasts: Learn Any Time, All the Time

Does your schedule or budget prevent you from attending one of DfR's courses in a classroom setting? That will no longer prevent you from getting up-to-date training. DfR now has several of its popular courses available online for download at any time that is convenient for you. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates are available for paid webcasts. Click here to see the list of currently available webinars. Don't see what you are looking for? Contact Cheryl Tulkoff,

Monday, May 24, 2010

DfR Adds Software Reliability Capability

DfR is proud to announce the addition of Ann Marie Neufelder to our reliability team. Ann Marie has benchmarked more than 115 organizations with regards to software reliability. She has invented and refined a revolutionary model to predict software defects before the code is written based on an ongoing benchmarking study. Since graduating from Georgia Tech in 1983, she has been a software engineer, manager, tester, test manager and software reliability engineer. Ann Marie has published a textbook, numerous articles and co- authored a military guidebook on the subject. DfR welcomes her support to our team.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Austin Green Technology Reliability Seminar & Open House

Green Technology Reliability Seminar
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
DLi Labs at 3201 Industrial Terrace #120 in North Austin


1:00 - Registration Begins

1:05 - Open House and Informal Tours

2:00 - Welcome and Introductions

2:05 - Quick Overview of Ops A La Carte, DfR Solutions, and DLi Labs

2:30 - "Reliability Challenges in the Green Revolution,"
Mike Silverman, Ops A La Carte Reliability Consultants, Santa Clara CA

3:00 - "Reliability in the Green Market of Videoconferencing,"
Nathan Reddy, Polycom, Austin TX

3:30 - Refreshment Break & Networking

3:45 - "Reliability Challenges for Solar Microinverters,"
Paul Parker, SolarBridge Technologies, Austin TX

4:15 - "Accelerated Environmental Stress Testing in the PV World,"
Dr. David Dumbleton, Atlas Material Testing Technologies, Chicago IL

4:45 - Panel Discussion: Silverman, Reddy, Parker, Dumbleton

5:45 - Closing Remarks

6:00 - More Networking and Refreshments


Cost: There is no charge for this event

Event Location:

DLi Labs at 3201 Industrial Terrace #120 in North Austin
near intersection of North Mopac and US-183 west of Burnet Road

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

DfR Solutions at Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference, Austin, TX May 11-12

Cheryl Tulkoff will be attending & exhibiting at the Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference in Austin May 11&12.

For further details, email her at

Monday, May 3, 2010

QFN Reliability Paper & Presentation Awarded at SMTA China!

DfR Solutions’s Dr. Randy Kong was awarded The Outstanding Paper of Technology Conference Two for the paper titled “The Reliability Challenges of QFN Packaging.”

For further details, click here!