Aeroflex's 5800 Series ATE System Offers True Reconfigurability

11/16/2005 - Aeroflex has launched its 5800 Series multi-configuration, multi-function ATE system, a highly flexible, scalable and modular test environment designed to provide the true reconfigurability needed to meet the ever-changing requirements of the rapidly evolving PCB industry.

The 5800 Series features an open hardware and software architecture and reconfigurable pinface styles to give users the ability to combine low-cost analog in-circuit testing with a maximum of 3456 test points, high integrity functional testing and systems test all within a single test environment. This has positive implications on floor space, board handling and the cost of test.

With the core hardware architecture based on a PXI backplane, a GPIB bus interface and Aeroflex’s own internal bus providing high-speed signal integrity, users have the opportunity to create versatile test scenarios based on the combined use of 5800 Series instrument cards and Aeroflex PXI instrument cards as well as third party PXI cards and GPIB instruments. This also enables existing test applications to be simply and easily migrated to the 5800 Series platform as required.

From a software perspective, the 5800 Series includes a completely new integrated test environment featuring Assisted Program Generation software. The software environment is completely .NET compatible ensuring that test programs already written for TestStand or LabVIEW can be easily implemented on the 5800 Series and avoids the need to retrain test engineers as they can utilise their existing programming skills.

Different test environments have different signal integrity requirements when connected to the unit under test. To address these differing requirements, the 5800 Series can be supplied with almost any interface from Virginia Panel to a cabled system. The 5800 Series can also be used to undertake parallel testing of either two boards of the same type to reduce board handling time or two different boards at the same time.

The 5800 Series is available in three different body styles – benchtop (5820), floor standing (5850) and rack-mount (5830) - and each has a common core of 21 slot rack, power and utility cards. The floor standing system is ergonomically angled horizontally and has a bed-of-nails style interface to the fixture. A mechanical locking mechanism pulls the fixture down on to the interface. An independent dual-well vacuum control connects the test subject to the fixture. The floor standing system has three programmable user supplies each capable of providing up to 30V at 3A or 15V at 5A. The benchtop system provides the same core system in a lower cost package with the Aeroflex instruments cards interfaced to the test fixture by means of interconnecting cabling. The rack-mount version builds the core system in a standard 19 inch rack for further test flexibility. The Aeroflex instrument cards can be cabled to an industry standard interface of the customer’s choice and further integrated with additional test resources not available in PXI format.

Three 5800 Series instrument cards will be available initially with more in development. These include a Multi-function Card providing 2 channel reference generator, 2 channel differential voltmeter, programmable resistance, programmable capacitance, current to voltage conversion and guard amplifier; a Test Point Relay Card with 192 pinface test points for switching between both the pinface and system buses; and a Multi-voltage Source Card which provides a higher output voltage and current than standard PXI cards – two at +/- 20VDC and 200mA and up to 16 channels at +/- 10VDC and 15mA. Various Aeroflex PXI instrument cards are available including the Aeroflex 3000 Series comprising modules and associated software applications for RF signal generation and RF signal analysis.

Commenting on the launch of the 5800 Series multi-function ATE system, Simon Dawe, ATE Product Manager at Aeroflex said: "The versatility of the 5800 Series cannot be overestimated. Its open architecture both in terms of hardware and software make it a highly flexible, scalable and modular ATE system that can be effectively configured for a variety of different test environments. It not only meets the demands of today’s PCB industry but will also satisfy future requirements as they emerge."

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.

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