Agilent Technologies Introduces No-Wire Fixture Technology for the Agilent 3070 In-circuit Test Systems

10/9/2002 - Agilent Technologies introduced No-Wire technology for the Agilent 3070 in-circuit test (ICT) systems. Designed for densely populated and high-volume printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), No-Wire technology provides an integrated, reliable wireless fixture solution that improves in-circuit test performance by optimizing 3070 test system resources and enhancing signal integrity.

Agilent has certified three expert 3070 fixture providers to build and deliver quality, custom No-Wire fixtures to PCBA manufacturers. Certified partners include Everett Charles Technologies, Circuit Check and APG Test Consultants.

"These three companies were certified based on their ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective fixtures for the 3070," said David Kent, general manager of Agilent's Electrical Manufacturing Test Division. "They have each committed to use No-Wire technology solutions for PCBA manufacturers in the Americas and around the world."

"The technological advancements incorporated in the No-Wire product overcome many of the historical problems associated with building wireless fixtures," said Gary St. Onge, president of Everett Charles Technologies Test Fixture Group. "Agilent has once again developed a solution that integrates the tester and the test fixture to achieve a better product. Customers will see faster deliveries and more consistent test solutions by using No-Wire fixtures."

Improved In-Circuit Test Performance
The No-Wire PCB provided by Agilent and built into the No-Wire fixture, replaces the mass of wires normally found in an ICT fixture.

Agilent's routing software automatically routes traces in the No-Wire PCB to optimize signal path from the customer's PCBA-under-test to the 3070. For digital signals, integrated ground planes within the No-Wire PCB significantly reduce ground bounce and cross talk, and improve the integrity of edge-sensitive signals. The result is faster debug and fewer false calls.

No-Wire technology also eliminates stack-up and deflection problems normally associated with wireless fixtures. Agilent's No-Wire partners use the results of Agilent's deflection software together with their current processes and technology to minimize probe-plate deflection as they build the fixture. The result is a highly reliable wireless fixture with minimal contact problems.

"Until now customers of wireless fixtures have had to deal with long lead times, unreliable mechanical contact and wireless fixture boards not routed for optimum signal integrity," said Greg Michalko, president and CEO of Circuit Check. "With our engineering staff to provide solid mechanical fixtures and Agilent's expertise in test technology, we are able to offer wireless fixture solutions as never before experienced by the industry."

Cost- and Time-Effective Fixture Design
With this new technology, there is no need for manually intensive fixture wiring for each fixture, as normally required. Duplicate No-Wire fixtures are less expensive and faster to build than the first No-Wire fixture built for a PCBA type to be tested, since the duplicates are built as 'copy exact.'

"Since Agilent controls the supply chain for the No-Wire PCB, we can build the rest of the fixture while the No-Wire PCB is being routed and built, " said Frank Dodge, president of APG Test Consultants' Fixture Division. "With No-Wire, our Americas-based customers receive a wireless fixture in a week or less. Duplicate fixtures required for multiple production lines cost less, take even less time to build, and require no debug since the duplicate fixture is an exact copy of the original."

The simplicity of the No-Wire fixture ensures longer fixture life and lower maintenance costs. Built-in tools and techniques for adding or moving resources simplify and speed engineering change orders (ECOs).

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Agilent No-Wire technology begins at $5,000. No-Wire fixtures are now available through Agilent's certified No-Wire partners: Everett Charles, Circuit Check, and APG Test Consultants. Other partners will be announced as they become certified.

In addition to Mexitronica, Agilent No-Wire technology can be seen at the following tradeshows:

About APG Test Consultants
APG Test Consultants, Inc. is a full service application provider for the Agilent 3070 in-circuit test system providing fixture, test programming, and design consulting services. An award-winning member of the Agilent Channel Partner program, APG Test Consultants utilizes its expert staff to develop cost-effective fixture and programming solutions that maximize yield and minimize time to market.

About Circuit Check
Since 1979 Circuit Check Inc. (CCI), has offered high quality test fixtures and support services to the ATE industry. CCI has been a leader in engineering with innovative designs for cutting edge technology in-circuit and functional test fixtures. CCI's extensive software capabilities enable us to design and develop fixtures utilizing customer supplied CAD data to generate complete turn-key test fixtures. CCI's "Finite Element Analysis" capabilities ensure low stress to delicate ball grid arrays and PCB assemblies. CCI offers quick turnaround on even the most difficult PCB assemblies. CCI's total quality system ensures every fixture will be built to our customers' specifications and will be 100% electrically verified.

About Everett Charles Technologies
Everett Charles Technologies, a subsidiary of Dover Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of electrical test products and services, including semiconductor test products, bare-board automatic test systems, Pogo(r) test contacts, and bare and loaded PCB test fixtures. Corporate manufacturing, service, and support facilities are ISO registered with locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company has been awarded numerous patents and participates actively in developing industry standards.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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