MIL-M-38510 Revision J, titled “Microcircuits, General Specification for,” was validated on 6/29/2011 with the release of Validation Notice 3. The notice confirms that MIL-M-38510, Revision J with Amendment 1, is still valid for procurement by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The notice also reaffirms that the specification is inactive for new design. This means that it can only be used for replacement (replenishment) purposes.
MIL-M-38510J establishes the general requirements for monolithic, multichip, and hybrid microcircuits. It defines the quality and reliability assurance requirements which must be met in the acquisition of microcircuits. Detail requirements, specific characteristics of microcircuits, and other details of microcircuits that are specific to particular uses are all addressed in what are called slash sheets.
The previous validation notice, Notice 2, released in March of 2001, defined the documents that should be used in lieu of MIL-M-38510 for new design. The bulk of the specification is covered by MIL-PRF-38535. However, some topics are addressed by MIL-STD-1835, MIL-HDBK-780 and MIL-HDBK-983, which has since been canceled without replacement.
FYI, a review of standards is often set to a regular schedule, such as the five year cycle set by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. When a review confirms that the document is still good without any further changes, a validation, reaffirmation, or reapproval notice may be issued. It may be released as a stand-alone document, as with the DoD validation notices, or as a reprint with the reapproval date included, or just as a notation on a website or catalog. When this occurs, the actual content of the document is unchanged.
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