Aeroflex 4550 Flying Probe Test System Offers New Options

Striving for ongoing product improvement, Aeroflex has added soft landing and partial accessibility software options to its 4550 Flying Probe test system. The Aeroflex 4550 is a powerful and flexible Printed Circuit Board (PCB) test solution designed to meet the test needs of today and, with the continued addition of new features and capabilities, it will meet tomorrow’s test needs as well.

The Aeroflex 4550′s Probe Soft Landing Option minimises potential damage to the unit under test (UUT) caused by probing, which is especially important in ‘safety critical’ applications common in the military, automotive and medical industries. It works by allowing the probes to travel at normal speed in the Z-axis, but decelerate towards the end of their travel, avoiding potential damage to the UUT.

The Partial Accessibility Option is an automatic process for the Aeroflex 4550 that allows components to be tested, even when some of the probes cannot access specific target points due to component heights, etc. The program development software will now create a test if as few as two probes have access. This technique takes advantage of a further key development that enables accessibility to be maximised through the ability to switch probe angles between 0 and 8 degrees during program execution.

The Aeroflex 4550 Flying Probe test system is a highly flexible, fixtureless test environment providing a “one-stop” test platform that is ideal not only for prototype applications but also provides the level of throughput required in a production environment.

The Aeroflex 4550 is both 30 percent faster and lower cost than the previous generation 4500, which it replaced. The faster probing speed results in greatly improved testing throughput and is achieved without compromising probing accuracy and repeatability or the high levels of test coverage made possible by targeting access points down to 75µm.

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.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Instruments Division
Staffed with experts in RF and microwave signal generation and processing subsystems, Aeroflex Test Solutions Group provides test and measurement systems, instruments, modules, services and integration support for the communications test, military, government and semiconductor industries. Aeroflex’ solutions reflect a commitment to industry-accepted standards and the concept of modular product development. They encompass Communications test (public mobile radio, wireless cellular and telecom, military radio and avionics radio test), Signal sources (synthesizers, signal generators, signal analyzers and phase noise systems), General-purpose test (spectrum analyzers, microwave analyzers, bit error rate testers) and Systems (satellite, ATE, PXI and radar).