Spanish failure analysis reference material translation

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I am translating reference material on semiconductor failure analysis into Spanish for my company, and I would appreciate if anyone would be able to proofread the following:

  1. El definición de análisis de fallo es << medidas y pruebas precisas para descubrir el causa de fallo. Efectuamos para establecer un plan de acción correctivo que evita fallos en el futuro. >> Hoy, vidas de productos son más corto. Por lo tanto, es importante que el analista complete el análisis rápidamente para efectuar acción correctivo. Más y más trabaja de análisis está moviendo de análisis de regreso de campo y a análisis de rendimiento, donde el impacto es el más grande.

The definition of failure analysis is "a set of precise measurements and tests used to determine the root cause of failure so that a corrective action plan can be implemented to prevent the failure from occurring again in the future." As product lifetimes continue to decrease, it has become ever more important that the analysis be completed quickly in order to implement corrective action. More and more analysis work is shifting away from field return analysis and toward yield analysis, because that's where the impact is the greatest.

  1. Antes de cubrimos los organigramas básicas, vamos a repasar los definiciones funcionales. Análisis de fallo es el análisis de productos completamente ensamblados. Análisis de rendimiento es análisis al nivel de oblea. Ese término se refiere al análisis de la oblea (de silicón) parcial o acobada para descubrir información que mejorará el número de dados funcionamientos. El modo de fallo es la señal eléctrica que el pieza produce en la condición de fallo. No lo confunda con el mecanismo de fallo que refiere al problema que causo el fallo de la pieza.

Before we cover the basic process flows, let's review some working definitions. Failure analysis is the analysis of fully assembled products. Yield analysis is synonymous with wafer level analysis and refers to the analysis of partial or finished wafer with the intent to uncover information that will improve the number of working dice. The failure mode is the electrical signature that the component exhibits in its failing condition. This should not be confused with failure mechanism, which refers to the condition or event responsible for the failure of the component.

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updated JUL 10, 2009
posted by Alicia2919

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A question I have is, "un plan de acción correctivo" or "un plan de acción correctiva"?

I may think that 'the plan' includes some corrective actions not only one. In any case, it seems (googling) that 'acción correctiva' is a technical term and it must be used like that.

If we were talking about 'plan de contingencia', e.g. 'plan de contigencia informático' I would use 'informático' and not 'informática'.

updated JUL 10, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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In the mean time, (as I gathered from your translation) would you recommend that I include the English term, then the simplified definition in Spanish?

Hi AliciaC,

I think that sometimes we come across some English technical terms or simply words that don't have Spanish equivalents, some of them are the same in Spanish, e.g. cache or proxy (computers), I mean terms that is better not to translate. When such terms are not well known it would be convenient to use the English technical terms with the Spanish explanation between parenthesis or have a list of definitions or a technical glossary. My previous question was thinking on giving you a better answer. Please correct my English. Thank you,

updated JUL 10, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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My comments are made to the exclusion of the technical vocabulary. That is not my strong point.

Pablo's translation seems very good, as well. It sticks closer to the construction of the original, if that is important to you.

Lazarus's translation is more succinct, and as such, simpler, which may be better for your particular audience. However, this can lend itself to the loss of some subtle nuances or to deviation from the way workers are used to hearing things worded.

Both are well done, and more than I would have wanted to tackle not being "on the clock."

updated JUL 10, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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In the quoted sentence below, why would "evitar" be in the subjunctive "evite"? And do I need to use "para que" in that phrase to clarify?

  1. La definición de análisis de fallo es «medidas y pruebas precisas para descubrir la causa de los fallos para establecer un plan de acción correctivo (para') que los evite en el futuro.>>

I would say that adding "para" here would mess it up. Then you need another subject for the subordinate clause, as it is not clear who the implied subject would be.

I'm not answering for Lazarus here, but since we're on the subject, this subordinate clause expressing purpose which is future and whose fulfillment is uncertain, requires the subjunctive.

A question I have is, "un plan de acción correctivo" or "un plan de acción correctiva"? Is it a "corrective plan of action" or a "plan of corrective action"? I don't know how this is best expressed in Spanish, but in English the latter option is the more precise meaning. Many times you see the term "corrective action"; I have never seen the expression "corrective plan." I think it should be "un plan de acción correctiva", unless the former is the proper term in Spanish.

updated JUL 10, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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No, I simply used your translation as a reference to improve my own skills. Don't worry, you aren't doing my job for me. smile I greatly appreciate the help, however!

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Alicia2919
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In the mean time, (as I gathered from your translation) would you recommend that I include the English term, then the simplified definition in Spanish?

This has definitely been a challenge for me, but I can tell that even since I started this project, my Spanish has improved-- so I suppose that's the best way to learn. smile

AliciaC, I wonder if the translation is your product per se or a means for doing your work. I only tried to give an understandable translation, not a professional one.

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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Pablo-- Thank you very much for the references! It would be wonderful if anyone knows of a reference or database online where I can find the Spanish equivalent of these terms. I have posted on WordReference's Spanish forum since they appear to have an entire area dedicated to IT/electronics. In the mean time, (as I gathered from your translation) would you recommend that I include the English term, then the simplified definition in Spanish?
This has definitely been a challenge for me, but I can tell that even since I started this project, my Spanish has improved-- so I suppose that's the best way to learn. smile

Lazarus-- thank you very much for the comments and grammar correction. I greatly appreciate the help! I understand the rest of the corrections (simple oversights on my part) but I did have one question. In the quoted sentence below, why would "evitar" be in the subjunctive "evite"? And do I need to use "para que" in that phrase to clarify?

  1. La definición de análisis de fallo es «medidas y pruebas precisas para descubrir el causa de los fallos para establecer un plan de acción correctivo (para') que los evite en el futuro.>>

¡Muchísimas gracias! I am greatly in your debt. smile

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Alicia2919
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I hope this helps too:

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/die

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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I didn't dare to translate 'field return analysis' and other specialized terms. I would be really good if you are able to find specialized references in Spanish in order to know the equivalent terminology.

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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AliciaC,

Aquí mi traducción, por favor mire las referencias de Wikipedia al final del mensaje:

I am translating reference material on semiconductor failure analysis into Spanish for my company, and I would appreciate if anyone would be able to proofread the following:

  1. The definition of failure analysis is "a set of precise measurements and tests used to determine the root cause of failure so that a corrective action plan can be implemented to prevent the failure from occurring again in the future." As product lifetimes continue to decrease, it has become ever more important that the analysis be completed quickly in order to implement corrective action. More and more analysis work is shifting away from field return analysis and toward yield analysis, because that's where the impact is the greatest.

La definición de análisis de fallos es "un conjunto de mediciones y pruebas precisas utilizadas para determinar la causa de fondo del fallo de manera que se pueda implementar un plan de acción correctivo para prevenir que el fallo vuelva a ocurrir en el futuro". Como la vida útil de los productos continúa reduciéndose, cada vez se ha vuelto más importante que los análisis se concluyan lo más pronto posible para implementar la acción correctiva. Más y más trabajo de análisis se está desplazando del "field return analysis" hacia el análisis yield (análisis de la proporción de dispositivos de la oblea (de silicio) que funcionan correctamente), porque es ahí donde está el mayor impacto."

  1. Before we cover the basic process flows, let's review some working definitions. Failure analysis is the analysis of fully assembled products. Yield analysis is synonymous with wafer level analysis and refers to the analysis of partial or finished wafer with the intent to uncover information that will improve the number of working dice. The failure mode is the electrical signature that the component exhibits in its failing condition. This should not be confused with failure mechanism, which refers to the condition or event responsible for the failure of the component.

Antes de abarcar los diagramas de flujo básicos de los procesos, revisemos algunas definiciones básicas: Análisis de fallos es el análisis de los productos completamente ensamblados. El análisis yield (ver punto 1) es sinónimo de análisis a nivel de oblea y hace referencia al análisis parcial o completo de la oblea con el propósito de descubrir información que mejorará el número de pequeños bloques de materiales semiconductores buenos. El modo de fallo es la firma eléctrica que el componente presenta en su condición de falla. No se debería confundir esto con el mecanismo de falla, el cual hace referencia a la condición o evento responsable de la falla del componente.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafer_(electronics)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiconductor_device_fabrication ("The proportion of devices on the wafer found to perform properly is referred to as the yield.")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_(integrated_circuit) ("dice" is not "dados", "Die is a small block of semiconducting material, on which a given functional circuit is fabricated."

I think Wikipedia would help you for sure! In a small degree, your translation work reminds me about my very early days of my English learning. I get started practically from scratch, trying to understand a technical manual of MS-DOS and self-learning about computers at the same time, many years ago. Good luck with your next translations.

updated JUL 9, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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  1. Antes de tratar los organigramas básicos, vamos a repasar las definiciones funcionales. El análisis de fallo es el análisis de productos completamente ensamblados. El análisis de rendimiento significa análisis a nivel de oblea y se refiere al análisis de la oblea (de silicio) parcial o acabada para descubrir información que mejorará el número de dados que funcionan. El modo de fallo es la señal eléctrica que el componente produce cuando falla. No se debe confundir con el mecanismo de fallo, que se refiere al problema que causó el fallo de la pieza.

Before we cover the basic process flows, let's review some working definitions. Failure analysis is the analysis of fully assembled products. Yield analysis is synonymous with wafer level analysis and refers to the analysis of partial or finished wafer with the intent to uncover information that will improve the number of working dice. The failure mode is the electrical signature that the component exhibits in its failing condition. This should not be confused with failure mechanism, which refers to the condition or event responsible for the failure of the component.

Dice'''? I am not familiar with that idiom. It doesn't work in Spanish.

Cubrimos = we cover (=we put a lid or similar over something to protect it)
Generic subjects in Spanish (unlike in English) require an article. You can't say "Análisis de fallos...", if this is the subject.

There are still a few technical terms that I am not sure about, but the grammar appears to be right now, at least.

updated JUL 8, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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  1. La definición de análisis de fallo es «medidas y pruebas precisas para descubrir el causa de los fallos [del]efectuamos[/del] para establecer un plan de acción correctivo que los evite en el futuro.» Hoy [,] la vida de los productos es más corta. Por (lo) tanto, es importante que el analista complete el análisis rápidamente para efectuar una corrección. El análisis cada vez se está alejando más del análisis de regreso de campo y acercándose (más) al análisis de rendimiento, donde el impacto es el más grande.

The definition of failure analysis is "a set of precise measurements and tests used to determine the root cause of failure so that a corrective action plan can be implemented to prevent the failure from occurring again in the future." As product lifetimes continue to decrease, it has become ever more important that the analysis be completed quickly in order to implement corrective action. More and more analysis work is shifting away from field return analysis and toward yield analysis, because that's where the impact is the greatest.

Don't take the whole thing yet. I need to re-read it a couple of times first.

updated JUL 8, 2009
posted by lazarus1907