Stencil design software has evolved from simple rule checkers to custom, sophisticated engineering tools.
QFNs, microBGAs and 0201s keep showing up everywhere. They used to appear only on boards requiring miniaturization; now they are used on revisions of legacy products, bringing a new set of headaches for process engineers.
FAI is a subset of qualification data, and insufficient for design verification.
When key performance characteristics are critical to system performance, engineering will want to create a source control drawing in accordance with ASME Y14.24. The source control drawing will list specific supplier(s) that have been qualified to produce the product identified in the drawing. Engineering wants to use a source control drawing because the parts’ characteristics are critical to the design, and they do not want the parts procured from an uncharacterized source of supply.