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New Version of MIL-STD-883

MIL-STD-883 set the standards for tests for microelectronic devices suitable for use within Military and Aerospace electronic systems. It includes basic test processes to determine resistance to the harmful effects of natural elements and conditions surrounding military and space operations; mechanical and electrical tests; and manufacturing and training procedures.

Usage of the standard is mandated as part of a contract with the U.S. government. Revision K, the newest version of MIL-STD-883, is entitled “Test Method Standard – Microcircuits”. It was released on 4/25/2016 with compliance required by 10/24/2016. MIL-STD-883 is intended for use in cooperation with other industry standards and practices, to ensure the highest level of confidence in the process findings. GD4 Test Services, Inc. performs process in compliance with MIL-STD-883 requirements, and provides an easy to read Certificate of Conformance upon completion of testing that references a corresponding standard to each test process.

Changes included in Revision K are:
1. 1005 Steady state life/Burn-in test: TJmax changes.
2. 1010 Temperature cycling: Monitoring sensor definition.
3. 1014 Seal: OLT procedure updates and added new A5 procedure.
4. 1015 Steady state life/Burn-in test: TJmax changes.
5. 1034 Die penetrant test (for plastic devices): Polaroid film alternative.
6. 2001 Constant acceleration: Add testing diagram.
7. 2003 Solderability: Complete re-write. Associated change to delete IPC J-STD-002
in paragraph 2.3 of the 883 main body.
8. 2009 External visual: Add chip-in-place criteria

The major focus on this revision is solderability testing. This is a vital test for devices in the supply chain. Older and incorrectly stored parts can have lead deterioration in the form of oxidation, foreign material build up on leads, etc. This makes for sub-par solder contacts to their end application. Solderability ensures the lead integrity of the devices, and prevents costly inventory failures in the future.

GD4 Test Services, Inc. has been providing testing services for a number of years, working with both distributors and end-manufacturers to ensure that all requirements are met and understood. We are in full compliance with the new solderability practices and have several trained, skilled technicians to meet MIL-STD-883 requirements.

To learn more about MIL-STD-883K, you can review the complete document here:

If you have any questions regarding the changes to MIL-STD-883, please contact your sales rep:

GD4 Austin
Phone: (512) 535-1677

GD4 Largo
Phone: (512) 225-1516


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