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infant mortality

infant mortality in Technology

It is common lore among hackers (and in the electronics industry at large) that the chances of sudden hardware failure drop off exponentially with a machine's time since first use (that is, until the relatively distant time at which enough mechanical wear in I/O devices and thermal-cycling stress in components has accumulated for the machine to start going senile). Up to half of all chip and wire failures happen within a new system's first few weeks; such failures are often referred to as "infant mortality" problems (or, occasionally, as "sudden infant death syndrome").
See bathtub curve, burn-in period.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • This, in a large degree, is due to the diminished amount of infant mortality.

    The Map of Life William Edward Hartpole Lecky
  • Do you know the average rate of infant mortality in this country?

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • And it is to be noted that the infant mortality is very low in this case, where the birth-rate is so low.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • The statistics of infant mortality are conclusive upon this point.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • In early marriages children are apt to come too frequently, and this is one cause of infant mortality.

  • The infant mortality among these creatures must be appalling.

    Spiders Cecil Warburton

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