Preface to Portable Consumer Electronics: Packaging, Materials, and Reliability by Sridhar Canumalla & Puligandla Viswanadham.
Portable consumer electronic devices and appliances have been experiencing an explosive growth with ever-increasing consumer acceptance, market penetration, and growth in recent years. The demand for cheaper, faster, and better products continues unabated, accompanied by inexorable trends in miniaturization and integration. In several parts of the world, they are already an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, for this class of consumer electronics, it is safe to say that the field is still in its infancy with immense possibilities for new applications, and the future looks very bright. Electronic packaging for these products often has to break current barriers and enter new frontiers on several fronts and is driven by market pressures to manufacture these devices cheaper, smaller, lighter, and with increasing functionality.
This book encompasses aspects of material, design, and reliability engineering, high-volume assembly technology, and failure analysis for this exciting and nearly ubiquitous class of consumer electronics. We write this book to provide a single, comprehensive account of the key aspects of packaging for portable consumer electronic devices including first- and second-level packaging, printed wiring board technology, assembly technology, reliability statistics and engineering, and failure analysis. Aspects of industrial design are considered outside the scope of this book partly because it is more art than science.
We want this book to be useful to practicing engineers, technologists, and designers, and have included several real-life examples of failures and also some discussions of current industry practices. Methods to prevent failures and enhance product reliability are also discussed to reflect our passion for making high quality, reliable, and robust products.
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