Economics of Electronic Design, Manufacture and Test

  • Magdy Abadir
  • Tony Ambler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-4
  2. Ian D. Dear, Chryssa D. Dislis, A. P. Ambler, Jochen Dick
    Pages 11-29
  3. Brendan Davis
    Pages 31-43
  4. Prab Varma, Tushar Gheewala
    Pages 53-67
  5. Magdy S. Abadir, Ashish R. Parikh, Linda Bal, Peter A. Sandborn, Cynthia F. Murphy
    Pages 69-80
  6. Peter A. Sandborn, Rajarshi Ghosh, Ken Drake, Magdy S. Abadir, Linda Bal, Ashish R. Parikh
    Pages 81-92
  7. Mathew Alexander, K. Srihari, C. Robert Emerson
    Pages 103-112
  8. Jochen H. Dick, Erwin Trischler, Chryssa Dislis, A. P. Ambler
    Pages 113-125
  9. Steven D. Millman
    Pages 127-135
  10. Thomas A. Ziaja, Earl E. Swartzlander Jr.
    Pages 137-142
  11. Michael Nicolaidis, Omar Kebichi, Vladimir Castro Alves
    Pages 147-157
  12. Amitava Majumdar, Sarma B. K. Vrudhula
    Pages 159-171
  13. Mounir Fares, Bozena Kaminska
    Pages 173-179
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 187-188

About this book


The general understanding of design is that it should lead to a manufacturable product. Neither the design nor the process of manufacturing is perfect. As a result, the product will be faulty, will require testing and fixing. Where does economics enter this scenario?
Consider the cost of testing and fixing the product. If a manufactured product is grossly faulty, or too many of the products are faulty, the cost of testing and fixing will be high. Suppose we do not like that. We then ask what is the cause of the faulty product. There must be something wrong in the manufacturing process. We trace this cause and fix it. Suppose we fix all possible causes and have no defective products. We would have eliminated the need for testing.
Unfortunately, things are not so perfect. There is a cost involved with finding and eliminating the causes of faults. We thus have two costs: the cost of testing and fixing (we will call it cost-1), and the cost of finding and eliminating causes of faults (call it cost-2). Both costs, in some way, are included in the overall cost of the product. If we try to eliminate cost-1, cost-2 goes up, and vice versa. An economic system of production will minimize the overall cost of the product.
Economics of Electronic Design, Manufacture and Test is a collection of research contributions derived from the Second Workshop on Economics of Design, Manufacture and Test, written for inclusion in this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Magdy Abadir
    • 1
  • Tony Ambler
    • 2
  1. 1.Microelectronics and Computer Technology CorporationUSA
  2. 2.Brunel UniversityUK

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