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PCB tester doubles throughput sans price, footprint trade-off

Posted: 15 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:duo PCB tester? sensors? drivers?

With the introduction of a PCB tester equipped with two independent test modules, Teradyne claims to effectively double throughput without doubling price and manufacturing floor footprint.

The TestStation Duo, presented at the Productronica trade fair in Munich, combines two independent test modules inside a single tester frame. Thus, customers can simultaneously test two PCBs, effectively doubling the test throughput without doubling capital equipment costs or increasing the floor space required for the machine, the vendor claims.

The machine features all test facilities known from other machines of that vendor, including SafeTest protection technologies, UltraPin II drivers and sensors and FrameScan FX vectorless test techniques. In addition, the machine features the Debug Pro debug environment, which is controlled via a graphical interface.

Since the machine uses dedicated resources for each test module, it provides true concurrent testing, claims ICT Marketing director Christopher McNally. "Alternative approaches have limitations that prevent all test techniques from running in parallel, ultimately limiting their test throughput and flexibility", he said in a press release.

The machine is available either in the TestStation frame or as rack-mount modules that can be integrated into automated handler equipment.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
EE Times Europe

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