intermittent defect

intermittent defect

[¦in·tər¦mit·ənt ′dē‚fekt]
(engineering)
A defect that is not continuously present.
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This problem can either immediately surface during test, or become a latent or intermittent defect, causing reliability issues for products in the field.
The likelihood of seeing an intermittent defect under all of these digitally unique conditions usually is rather small and decreases exponentially as the number of test points increases.
Modern microelectronic systems, using FPGA or DSP and high speed converters, can achieve a reflectogram acquisition in 1 [micro]s or less, making it possible to catch such intermittent defects.
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