Polar UK: Atlas Si VNA PCB Insertion Loss measurement system

Atlas for Anritsu VNA is compliant with IPC TM650 (Test Methods to determine the Amount of Signal Loss on Printed Boards) and provides support for Delta-L methodology.

Atlas Si is a high precision insertion loss measurement package designed specifically for PCB fabricators and OEMs. It provides accurate, repeatable measurements of frequency-based transmission line losses, allowing fabricators to meet stringent targets that maintain signal integrity within the limits of the latest high-speed chipsets.

Polar has partnered Anritsu for integrating their Anritsu ShockLine™ 4-Port Performance VNA (vector network analyzers) with Atlas. Anritsu ShockLine™ 4-Port Performance VNAs achieve a new level of capability, flexibility, and value for RF and microwave network analysis applications delivering excellent performance for measurements from 50 kHz up to 43.5 GHz. These instruments are ideal for testing passive and many active components with general purpose VNA requirements. The ShockLine family employs advanced Anritsu technology and design expertise to attain outstanding dynamic range, calibration and measurement stability, and speed performance in efficiently packaged, compact, and robust VNA instruments.

Anritsu ShockLine™ 4-Port Performance VNA Key Features and Benefits

  • Time domain with time gating option enables easier and faster fault identification in broadband devices
  • Patented non-linear transmission line (NLTL) technology delivers wider bandwidth and higher dynamic range than competing technologies, enabling better measurement accuracy and repeatability with longer intervals between calibrations
  • Multiple calibration methods to choose from to best suit your application – SOLT, SOLR, SSLT, SSST, LRL, LRM, or Thru update
  • Precision AutoCal™ or SmartCal™ for an easy, one-button automatic method of VNA calibration
  • Eliminates the need for over-specified, high-end VNAs with extra features not required for production testing
  • Anritsu’s Extended-KTM connectors enable ShockLine frequency option 43 VNAs to offer guaranteed performance to 43.5 GHz in a K/2.92 mm compatible form factor

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Note: Anritsu Corp., USA are the sole owners of following trade marks for ShockLine™, AutoCal™, SmartCal™ and Extended-KTM

Polar UK: Atlas Si – PCB insertion loss testing for PCB fabricators and Si engineers

Polar Atlas software enables PCB fabricators to test PCB transmission line losses in a tightly controlled production environment. Atlas employs mathematical processing techniques* to extract frequency dependent loss characteristics when used in conjunction with suitably designed test coupons and Atlas precision GHz probe assemblies.

Atlas packages interface either with industry standard Tektronix DSA8300 or DSA8200 oscilloscope TDRs. Fabricators can choose to add Atlas to their existing Tek DSA or alternatively Polar can supply a turnkey package.

Atlas supports multiple test methods including Delta-L, Delta-L 3 Line, SET2DIL (Single-Ended TDR to Differential Insertion Loss) for extraction of differential insertion loss and effective Er from a single ended test and suitably designed coupon, SET2SEIL method (Single-Ended TDR to Single-Ended Insertion Loss) for single ended insertion loss testing and SPP (Short Pulse Propagation) methods as called for in IPC-TM-650

Main Features

  • Atlas software is designed to assist PCB fabricators in the accurate and repeatable measurement of PCB transmission line losses in a PCB production environment.
  • Ergonomic probe housing:
  •  Tracks system risetime and monitors the system bandwidth.
  • Delta-L - Atlas supports the Delta-L technique (v16_04 fully incorporates rev2p31 of Delta-L with the current settings and parameters) which uses long-line short-line measurement combined with innovative via de-embedding techniques, Delta-L provides a sound method for removing the via effects from differential (mixed mode) s-parameters when characterizing raw PCBs for insertion loss.
  • SET2DIL/SET2SEIL - Atlas test methods also include both the SET2DIL (Single-Ended TDR to Differential Insertion Loss) and SET2SEIL (Single-Ended TDR to Single-Ended Insertion Loss) test methods for extracting differential insertion loss from single ended measurements.
  • SPP – Short Pulse Propagation  - SPP allows extraction of PCB electrical characteristics that impact signal propagation; it uses your existing TDR/TDT equipment and produces frequency dependent parameters such as the propagation constant (alpha, attenuation and beta, phase constant) and effective dielectric constant along with the characteristic impedance (including even and odd mode impedance.) Atlas measurements include launch point extrapolation/long line regression fit.
  • Controlled impedance test - Atlas GHz test software is also capable of traditional lossless controlled impedance test

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Polar UK: CITS880s - Controlled Impedance Test System

CITS880s system is the 9th generation impedance test system from Polar Instruments Ltd, UK. It is a solution for fabricators who need to measure impedance on fine traces and thin copper. CITS880s features Launch Point Extrapolation (LPE) that extrapolates the TDR response to a point close to the start of the transmission line effectively aloowing users to measure the instantaneous or incident impedance of the line more acccurately.

In addition to the LPE the CITS880s is also capable of measuring shorter traces - typically 2-3 inches shorter than previous generation of the CITS series. CITS880s now ships with completely re-engineered IPS and IPDS high speed probes whcih reassuringly are precision moulded with ESD dissipative materials to give maximum protection to your CITS.

Polar IPS and IPDS high speed probes are specifically desgined for CITS880s. They combine revised internals with more robust mechanical design and enhancements to the signal path, along with ergonomic precision mouldings in 100% ESD dissipative materials. IPS and IPDS probes are easily identified and contrast with previous generation probes by the use of the blue labels and blue resists on the probe tip interface.

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PWB: IST HC- Interconnect Stress Test System

Interconnect Stress Test or IST is an accelerated stress test method developed by PWB Interconnect Solutions Inc., Canada that overcomes the limitations of thermal oven or liquid / liquid test methods. It has the capability of effectively and rapidly quantifying the integrity of different types of vias including microvias. IST creates a uniform strain from within the substrate and the interconnects ability to distribute and redistribute this strain provides an indication of integrity. The plated barrels and inner layer junctions are “exercised” until the initial failure mode / mechanism is uncovered.

The IST HC uses IST technology to electrically cycle test coupons to determine the reliability of a product. In addition to supporting IPC Test Method 2.6.26, the latest IST HC now supports IPC Test Method 2.6.27 to simulate Lead Free Solder assembly. The IST HC can simulate both the reflow oven and assembly rework station temperature profiles to subject the test coupon to the same temperature excursions as experienced by actual printed circuit board during assembly process.

IST has become the leading test standard for via and material reliability. Top OEMs, ODMs, CDMs, PCB material and PCB manufacturers around the world use IST technology to test new via / interconnect technologies, materials and processes.

The test system incorporates custom designed power supply and high precision measurement systems which are interfaced to a user-friendly application software, that automatically measures, records, analyzes data with displays and reports that simplify the understanding of the reliability of a custom designed test vehicle / coupon that represents the actual product.

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CAF (Conductive Anodic Filament) tester
CAF is a fully automated bench top CAF measurement equipment with RH control, temperature control, V Bias control, custom profiles and remote reporting.

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DELAM - Dielectric Estimation and Laminate Analysis Measurement System
DELAM automatically measures and analyzes changes in material properties that signify whether damage was caused by exposure to the elevated temperatures associated with component assembly and possible reworks

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Polar GmbH: RITS550/RITS880 – Automated Impedance Measurement System

RITS 550 automates the industry standard CITS880s (Controlled Impedance Test System) to give fast, repeatable volume testing of coupons and PCBs. The system is controlled via easy to use Windows software. Test set-up is straight forward, results data is automatically logged in accessible formats, and there is the option of a built-in report generator.

Accurate, traceable measurement RITS550 uses proven time domain reflectometry (TDR) techniques to measure the reflection of fast rise-time pulses. High precision reference airlines - traceable to NPL and NIST standards - ensure repeatable measurement accuracy to allow the trace impedances to be controlled.

With test times as fast as fixture-based systems, RITS550 flying probe technology provides unparalleled levels of measurement repeatability, with a lifetime cost of ownership that is just a fraction of a fixture-based system.

RITS880 is a built to order automated impedance measurement system which is larger version of the RITS550. It can incorporate full sized panels and can be equipped with an automatic loader/unloader to provide full automation for impedance testing.

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Ihara: ACCULINE II - Portable line width and spacing measurement

Ihara Electronics Co. Ltd, Japan presents ACCULINE II a truly portable, light weight, battery operated, digital line width and spacing measurement system. ACCULINE's built in color LCD display allows operators to make quick, accurate and repeatable measurements for top and bottom line width and spacing for fine line single ended and differential controlled impedance traces.

ACCULINE II is a high performance and reliable product which utilizes advanced micro computer technology and color LCD image sensor to ensure superior performance and measurement reliability. It is a battery-operated tool offering a truly portable unit that makes operation easy at any location including dark rooms with low visibility. The large LCD displays real line images that can be transferred to a PC, using a USB port, for further analysis.

Usually operators rely on skill to make measurements using a microscope and this can result in varied results for different operators. ACCULINE's automated measurement algorithm provides accurate and repeatable results in its place.


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C.L. Tech: Universal Grid Systems – Open Short Tester (Only in India)

With more than 30 years of experience and knowledge CL Tech offer full range of Universal Grid Systems which allow flexibility in using most of the fixture models and data preparation available on the market. The system's tailor-made electronics provide it mechenical strength, speed and reliability.

Our universal grid machines are available with 2 technologies:

  • Plug-In: Scanner board integrated in the test area.
  • Wired: Scanner board connect to the test area with wires.

GT20-20 and Valid8 machines use the test board integrated in the test area, while Precise and Micro uses the wire connection toward the test area.

GT20-20 can be equipped with an automatic belt system for loading and unloading that can be installed on site. This allows the machine to reach a productivity up to 1.000 PCB/hour or with an automatic arm system with speed up to 450 PCB/hour. The available testing areas are 12.8” x 11.2” e 16.8” x 12.8” for any mentioned density. Other testing area configuration are available on demand.

Valid8 has maximum test area 19,2″ x 16″, for any density. Inferior and superior active area. It is a system developed for testing large PCB with a high number of test points like back planes, servers boards, mother boards, etc.

Precise is available with any grid step, even on clients request with the maximum test area at 24” x 20” and the number off test points at 48.000 (per test area).

Micro is available with a single or double density grid. The maximum test area is 365mm x 284mm (14,4″ x 11,2″) and the maximum number of test points is 32.256 (for test area).

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C.L. Tech: Flying Probe Tester – Open Short Test (Only in India)

C.L. TECH offers a whole range of  Flying Probes, able to meet their clients' needs.

The range of Precise Flying Probe Testers starts from FB2 Plus+ system, a solution for those who want to be careful to their budget without renoucing quality and performance, with XL and XXL version for testing large circuits, up to 1.200mm; the range goes up to FP8, with granite frame to guarantee the highest speed and accuracy, able to test high density circuits with test pad up to a minimum of 38μm (1.5mil)

All the flying probe systems can be perfectly integrated with the universal grid systems, through the TFI function (Test Floor Integration), that allows to take full advantage of the synergies offered by the two products, like for instance combined tests, retests, error checkup, etc.

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