[rescue] Slightly OT: Bad Cap Saga

Geoffrey S. Mendelson gsm at mendelson.com
Mon Aug 18 01:29:03 CDT 2008

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 03:05:55PM -0700, Curious George wrote:
> I.e., the problem has been around for almost 10 years.  Are folks
> *really* still shipping bad product in spite of this knowledge?
> I could understand products from "Phly-Buy-Nyte Elektronigs"...
> but, hard to believe the folks at Dell, IBM, etc. are just turning
> a blind eye on their suppliers after taking such a $$$ hit dealing
> with this problem.

Sure, Dell has been rumored to be on the edge of financial failure for
years. I'm sure they buy their componnets to the specification that they
last as long as their warranties. How close is a matter of speculation.

Besides, do you know anyone who buys a Dell computer because it is
a high quality item? People buy them for their price. 

> I use Panny caps in all of my designs and, SO FAR, have never had
> a problem.  But, I derate *heavily*.  OTOH, if the problem is
> *not* related to a "component manufacturer" (see above), then
> I should, perhaps, not sleep as well...  :-/

This is starting to become silly IMHO. While I'm sure you do a wonderful
job of designing your devices, how much control do you have over the
ultimate manufacture of them? If you do control what gets put into them
and how they are manufacturered and tested then good for you, worry 
about it.

If you just design them, and the designs are sold to (or stolen by)
little factories in China who do what they can to cheapen them, then don't
worry, it's totaly beyond your control.


Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Jerusalem, Israel gsm at mendelson.com  N3OWJ/4X1GM

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