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Category: 

Noncompliant_Chips

Date: 

1997-10-24 08:59:49

Subject: 

What Could Go Wrong? Just About Everything

  Link:

http://www.fei.org.uk/fei/public/year2000/embedd.htm

Comment: 

Britain's Federation of the Electronics Industry has posted a page on the embedded chip problem. It's a comprehensive list.

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WHERE THEY ARE TO BE FOUND:

COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

Telephony and data

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Heating, lighting and ventilation

Building monitoring, security and alarms

Lifts [elevators]

PLANTS

Environmental monitoring

Process equipment, production lines

Products

WHAT TYPES OF FAILURE CAN OCCUR:

Maintenance interval of obsolescence errors

Logic errors (minus quantities)

Unpredictable results of data manipulation

Total equipment failure

These systems do not always fail-safe

WHAT ARE THE RISKS:

SAFETY

Medical equipment

Security system failures

Non-functioning alarms or monitoring equipment

Out of control processes

WASTAGE

Work in process

Temperature controlled materials

Communications failures

Heating and cooling system failures

Extended plant shutdowns

Link: 

http://www.fei.org.uk/fei/public/year2000/embedd.htm

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