Crash-Proofing Electronics – Is It Possible?

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By Doug Whyte, CEO, Imagine Research and Technology Inc.

A self-driving vehicle crashes. The rider dies. 209 aircraft crash in 2017. Over 300 innocent lives are lost. The computers crash at work with annoying regularity..

What is going on here?

Electronics it would appear is not the perfect solution that we all hope for. Electronics fails, annoyingly, frustratingly, and sometimes with life threatening consequences.

Electronics is so imbedded in society that it is now running systems where lives are at stake – self-driving vehicles, modern aircraft, military systems, etc. And the electronics industry works extremely hard to reduce these failures. No one wants to see a failure causing loss of life, loss of property, or loss of businesses. But failures continue.

The downtime at a major datacenter can cost up to $11,000 per minute.

British Airways passenger management system crash in 2017 cost the company over US $100M in lost revenues in 1-1/2 days of downtime. The examples abound.

Electronics can fail randomly, and it can be a virtually insurmountable problem – until now. Working with University of Akron and Purdue, IRTI has developed a nanotechnology to directly address forms of these random failures. We are calling on DARPA, the FAA, NASA and other regulatory bodies to study, test and adopt this technology.

The downside is simply too costly for society.

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