The COMPUTERWEEKLY NEWS (Oct 2), reported on the magnitude of the problem. The cost of locating bad chips is mind-boggling.
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Anthony Parish, director-general of the federation [of Electronic Industries] said: "For every 1,000 embedded chips you look at, you'll find two or three that need correction. But those two or three are the ones that can close a blast furnace at the cost of £1m a day or stop power distribution. The problem is finding those two or three that are not compliant." . . .
One petrochemical firm tested 150,000 embedded chips and found 100 not compliant
Another has 10,000 embedded chips in North Sea installations. It costs £50,000 to check each chip under the sea-bed.
According to some reports, a major British 500Mwatt power plant failed recently because of a time and date malfunction .