New JEDEC Subcommittee to Evaluate Technologies for Harsh Environments

ARLINGTON, Va., USA – September 9, 2014 – JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in standards development for the microelectronics industry, today announced that its JC-13 Government Liaison Committee has formed a subcommittee focused on evaluating new and emerging electronic device technologies for potential future insertion in military, aerospace and other special use applications. Chaired by Xilinx, the JC-13.7 Subcommittee for New Electronic Device Technology welcomes interested companies worldwide to participate by joining JEDEC and attending the next JC-13.7 meeting to be held in Columbus, Ohio on September 17, 2014.

The use of electronic devices and components in harsh environment applications raises a number of concerns, including a need to assess long term reliability under extreme conditions. The new subcommittee plans to provide technical evaluation, quality and reliability assurance as well as the development of screening and test methods for new electronic devices when used in harsh environments.

“New electronic devices are continually being brought to market and an unmet need exists within the industry for guidance and information about how such devices will perform in military and aerospace applications,” said Craig Taylor, Director of Corporate Quality at Xilinx and Chair of JC-13.7.  “The goal of JC-13.7 is to allow for new categories of device technology to be effectively evaluated in advance of possible future insertion into military specifications.”

John Kelly, JEDEC President, added, “The new activity in JC-13 is part of an ongoing effort within JEDEC to meet the varied needs of the microelectronics industry. We welcome all interested companies to participate in the development of open industry standards within JEDEC.”

JEDEC is the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry. Thousands of volunteers representing nearly 300 member companies work together in 50 JEDEC committees to meet the needs of every segment of the industry, manufacturers and consumers alike. The publications and standards generated by JEDEC committees are accepted throughout the world.  All JEDEC standards are available for free download from the JEDEC website. For more information, visit

Emily Desjardins