The Automotive Electronic Council (AEC) was founded by the American car manufacturers Chrysler, Ford and General Motors with the aim of standardizing the qualification of shared electronic components and defining the standards for the quality systems used.
The AEC Council consists of two committees dealing with quality and components. It is the standardization body that develops standards for reliable, high-quality electronic components. Components that meet these specifications are qualified for use in the extreme environmental conditions found in automotive applications. The AEC quality standards are designated AEC-Qxxx. There are three standards:
AEC-Q100 Failure mechanism based stress test qualification for integrated circuits (IC),
AEC-Q101 Failure Mechanism Based Stress Test Qualification for discrete active components such as transistors, diodes, thyristors, etc
AEC-Q102 Failure Mechanism Based Stress Test Qualification for Discrete OptoelectronicSemiconductors for Automotive Applications, and
AEC-Q200 Stress Test Qualification for passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc.