APx515 Production Test Audio Analyzer, Audio Precision
Di-050-22 Digital Test Instrument, Teradyne
FLS980Dxi Flying Scorpion
Neptune 2 Automated
Drive-Test System, Teradyne
SigmaSure Software, Camstar
WriteNow! Multiple In-System
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APx515 Production Test Audio Analyzer
The APx515 is a high-performance audio
analyzer optimized for production test. APx515 has a typical THD+N of -106 dB,
a 1-million-point FFT with 24-bit resolution, and 192 k digital I/O. The
company says the APx515 is a significant product because it delivers the
performance and reliability of Audio Precision at a production-level price.
The APx audio
analyzer returns an impressive 21 audio measurements in as fast as 1.2 s. It is
also easy to use, with one-click measurements, custom reporting, and
sophisticated automation that does not require programming. A full API and
LabView driver are also provided.
Audio Precision says that with the speed and
ease-of-use of the APx515, test will never be a bottleneck, and production-line
managers can achieve reliable, consistent results compared to the low-cost
alternatives like a distortion analyzer. For companies outsourcing their
production, requiring APx515 on the production line will give them tighter
control over production, ensuring manufacturers are meeting their contractual
Di-050-22 Digital Test Instrument
The Di-050-22 Digital Test Instrument is for customers
facing the challenges of complex board and box-level test for the defense and
aerospace industries. The Di-050-22 features high-performance digital-test
capability with key benefits in the areas of compatibility, flexibility,
performance, and ease-of-use for older and current designs.
Compatibility with legacy equipment allows the Di-050-22 to
preserve the enormous investment in existing test programs. Flexibility enables
testing of multiple asynchronous ports in new designs and real-time box-level
test. High-performance nanosecond timing and custom pin electronics allow a
single instrument to support both new LVDS designs and older TTL products.
Per-pin programmability and visual development tools provide ease-of-use by
replacing central resources and low-level textual programming. Teradyne claims
that this combination of benefits delivers the lowest cost of ownership, the
highest performance, and the best future-ready test capabilities in the
Scorpion Probe System
FLS980Dxi is a double-sided, multiprobe flying-probe system
with 3-D probing, analog, digital, and boundary-scan test capability on all
probes (top and bottom side). To meet the test challenges created by shrinking
component sizes and denser packaging technologies, the FLS980Dxi uses highly
repeatable closed-loop linear motor drives and joystick-like variable angle (0Ã‚Â°
to 6Ã‚Â°) probe modules to maximize physical access and guarantee repeatable
probing of fine-pitch devices and small components such as 0201 and 01005s.
With the FLS980Dxi, you can test boards whose layout, size, and technology defy
testing on traditional in-circuit and other moving probe testers.
Using the PinScan vectorless test suite, the FLS980 detects
open-pin and orientation faults on digital devices, polarized caps, and
connectors. Boundary scan also is integral to the FLS980; digital test patterns
are delivered to the unit under test through flying probes. FLS980Dxi goes
beyond interconnect testing by providing full digital test capability; device
programming, and mixed-signal testing using the company's ScanProbe technology.
Neptune 2 Automated
Neptune-2 is an automated test system specifically designed
for high-volume production test of 2.5-in. hard-disk drives and emerging
solid-state drives. With its modular design and thermal architecture, Neptune-2
allows drive manufacturers facing rapidly increasing production volume and area
density to ramp production quickly and efficiently. Teradyne says that compared
to traditional test systems, the Neptune-2 architecture provides three times
the throughput per square foot of factory floor space while performing
parametric, manufacturing, and burn-in tests.
The system uses conductive heating to provide thermal
cycling of the drive using 35% less power than other testing approaches.
Conductive heating provides direct thermal coupling to the drive under test,
which improves accuracy, efficiency, and performance. Modular isolation packs
minimize the transfer of transient shock and vibration by separating the drive
under test from the system frame and automation. Teradyne says that these
innovations save drive manufacturers millions of dollars in operating costs,
reduce overall test times, and improve first pass yields.
Camstar SigmaSure enables users to easily collaborate with
their global manufacturing sites, component suppliers, and contract
manufacturers to ensure that products meet specifications. For the brand owner,
it helps prevent inadequate test procedures, low yields, and excess rework. SigmaSure
helps users effectively monitor the quality of products across the value-chain:
from suppliers to manufacturing, from finished goods to end users, from design
to customer service.
SigmaSure is delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS),
requiring no hardware or software installation. Camstar says the software can
be up and running with suppliers, contract manufacturers, or return centers in
four to six weeks.
SigmaSure on-demand supply chain quality includes:
dashboards and alerts; definition of mission-critical components and parametric
limits; acquisition and analysis of test data, acquisition and analysis of
repair and rework data, analysis of customer return and warranty data, product
genealogy across the supply chain, advanced analysis and SQC, and certificates
of compliance and analysis.
Algocraft's WriteNow! Multiple In-System Programmer provides
customers with a powerful way to perform in-system programming of devices such
as microcontrollers and memories directly on the production line. WriteNow!
programmers are universal ISP tools that can program up to eight devices
simultaneously, at the maximum theoretical speed for any given device, and are
especially designed for the production environment.
The compact size and versatile interfaces of WriteNow!
programmers allow them to be conveniently and easily integrated into automatic
test equipment and programming and testing fixtures. The data-encryption
feature allows manufacturers to securely synchronize local data with distant
production facilities. Algocraft says that other features, such as a
programmable power supply output, USB and LAN interfacing, and I/O barrier on
ISP lines, make the WriteNow! programmers a powerful and cost-effective solution
for every in-system programming need.