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Low-cost in-circuit test system targets CE, PC motherboards

Posted: 27 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:in-circuit test system? PC motherboards? ICT systems?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a low-cost in-circuit test system for ODMs that need "just enough test" for high-volume digital consumer products and PC motherboards.

Unlike manufacturing defect analyzer (MDA) test systems and other in-circuit test (ICT) systems that use older-generation TestJet technology pioneered by Agilent, the Medalist i1000 offers the Agilent VTEP v2.0 vectorless test suite. VTEP v2.0 is comprised of the iVTEP and the new Network Parameter Measurement technology, which offers coverage for micro ball-grid-arrays and flip chips, as well as power and ground pins for connectors commonly found in digital consumer products and desktop PCs.

Compatible with most MDA fixtures, the Medalist i1000 provides investment protection for manufacturers that wish to upgrade their existing MDAs to obtain greater test capabilities, said Agilent. The test system features a user-friendly GUI and an AutoDebug capability that is said to reduce debugging time from days to a few hours. It also comes with an automatic node-guarding feature that eliminates the need for manual checks of schematics for guard points.

The Medalist i1000 offers two fixture options. The first provides users with an affordable option that accepts a typical MDA-type fixture with cable connections. The second uses a vacuum-type fixture and a mechanical fixture lock-down system using electrical motors. This cable-less design provides fast fixture-swapping time while maintaining high signal integrity, said the company.

The testing device will be available in June. Pricing starts at $45,000.

- Gina Roos

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