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Instrumentation Reference Book, 4th Edition by Walt Boyes

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43.4. Building High-reliability Systems

43.4.1. Reliability Budgets

Few electronic systems are designed for which no reliability target exists. This may vary from “no worse than the opposition" for a mass-produced domestic article to a closely specified minimum MTBF for an avionic or military system, with perhaps a financial bonus for exceeding the minimum.
In the past some designs have been largely completed before an estimate of reliability was started. If this diverges significantly from the target, a major redesign is required involving much extra time and cost. Consequently it is now accepted as a principle of good design that where reliability is a significant item in the specification, it should be a major consideration at all stages of ...

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