We are using high-quality connectors (e.g. Cannon, AMP) in a military application. All connectors are PCB mounted. Using MIL-HDBK-217F we predict relatively high failure rates, in fact over 50% of
The MIL-HDBK-217 connector model was updated in 1992 and reflects the latest data up to that point. Our experience is that connectors in general are a substantial source of field problems, especially intermittent failures. A search of RAC data turned up a summarized PC commercial connector failure rate of 9.6 FITS in a ground benign environment. Thus, this is about 25% of the 40 FIT base failure rate shown for PCB connectors in MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2
Could you clarify if the 9.6 FIT failure rate is per contact or for entire connector. If for entire connector, is it possible or even necessary to scale this for hi or lo pins counts.