Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) recently announced an innovative way to test printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) in a limited access environment without sacrificing test coverage or time-to-market — while simultaneously saving on fixture cost and reducing test resources. The technology is a hybrid between two established test methodologies in today’s electronic manufacturing test environment: Boundary Scan and VTEP vectorless testing. The result is an extremely powerful tool that combines the standardized, limited access, digital stimulus capability of Boundary Scan with the industry-leading vectorless simplicity of VTEP.
The technology has profound implications on cost and quality. Manufacturers of PCBAs now have the option to design circuit boards with less electrical test access, thus saving on fixture cost and reducing test resources. Also, fewer probes in the test fixtures mean reduced strain on the PCBAs.
Agilent customers with valid software upgrade contracts for the i3070 and VTEP-equipped fixtures can obtain the new technology by purchasing an additional software license and a fully VTEP-compatible fixture hardware upgrade. Pricing for the license will include attractive bundles for new and current Agilent boundary-scan customers. Pricing for the VTEP fixture hardware upgrade will be similar to existing Agilent VTEP fixture hardware products.
Full availability will be in the second half of 2008.
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