Global Standards for the Microelectronics Industry
For the purpose of periodic sample testing and design qualification, devices that meet any of the following conditions:
- they are designed and manufactured with the same basic process flow, using the same or fewer fabrication and assembly processes and materials as a primary parent device type;
- they are assembled with the same active elements and the same passive elements, using no greater quantity of either;
- they are subject to the same process and material control monitoring, e.g., device screening, process control, reliability assessment, etc.;
- they are designed to generate the same or fewer functions using the same or less functional circuitry; e.g., a 4-bit A/D converter may be considered to be similar to a 10-bit A/D converter, but not vice versa.