New, low-cost, high-throughput production line IC test system

ProductionLine Testers Inc. (PLT) has announced availability of an affordable, general-purpose integrated circuit (IC) test system, in the form of its newest, smallest footprint product, IC-100. PLT attributes IC-100’s “very low” initial price to “architecture and features designed to provide only those functions required for production testing of low pin-count integrated circuits.

06/09/2005


embedded

IC-100 integrated circuit (IC) test system from PLT Inc. simplifies production testing of ICs with pin counts up to 128.

ProductionLine Testers Inc . (PLT) has announced availability of an affordable, general-purpose integrated circuit (IC) test system, in the form of its newest, smallest footprint product, IC-100. PLT attributes IC-100’s “very low” initial price to “architecture and features designed to provide only those functions required for production testing of low pin-count integrated circuits. IC-100 is specifically designed to fit the price needs for today’s low-margin IC production costs,” according to the company.

With its compact 11 x 14 in. (280 x 360 mm) size, IC-100 can sit atop most IC handlers and probers, and hence works as a “zero footprint” bench-top IC test system. Moreover, IC-100 combines a powerful and flexible architecture with a fast, easy-to-use graphical software interface that reportedly allows high throughput end-of-line testing. Those features make the system more affordable than many in-house testers for production wafer sorting and final testing of various analog, optical, and digital circuits, says PLT. The system comes with three standard test heads; other custom heads are available.

IC-100’s streamlined software package helps minimize testing costs. Most internal calculations are precompiled before a device actually is tested, and many setups and housekeeping tasks are done during the prober/handler cycle time, thereby reducing test times. Test program development is done using an intuitive fill-in-the-blanks spreadsheet that can be written and compiled offline.

Maintenance is minimized through fast, easy module swapping that covers every major module and cable, which also applies to field upgrades. “These benefits alone reduce lifecycle costs associated with maintenance and test development, among other cost-effective measures in IC-100’s list of benefits,” says PLT.

An IC-100 system, with everything needed for out-of-the-box testing, starts at $30,000—configured with test heads for dc-only testing, serial transceivers, or digital logic. Delivery is 6-8 weeks after receipt of order. For full specifications, click here .

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering, fbartos@reedbusiness.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me