The ABI BoardMaster Universal PCB Test Solution ensures component and module performance equivalency. ABI BoardMaster is a unique, versatile, self-contained, and easy-to-use electronics test system, housed in a convenient 19-in rack case. It is an all-in-one unit featuring a comprehensive set of built-in test instruments, complete with a built-in Windows 10 PC and special software, for testing almost any kind of IC, PCB, or assembly. Various valuable investigation methods are provided, such as V/I testing, digital/analog IC checks, and voltage supply variation, to speed up comprehensive compliance testing tasks.
The ABI BoardMaster uses a mix-and-match selection of CD-drive-sized System8 test instrument modules that can create a self-contained, customized PCB test station with test clip, custom connector, or a custom bed-of-nails from a recommended supplier for connection with the DUT. The BoardMaster provides complete testing and difference-finding with programmable signal stimuli and electronic measurements for almost any kind of PCB. It can be configured to suit specific immediate needs and later expanded as new requirements evolve.
An especially significant test that BoardMaster offers is the 3D V-I test. Analog Signature Analysis – also known as V-I testing – is an elegant but powerful fault diagnosis technique for detailed analysis of components and printed circuit boards. Comparative Analog Signature Analysis matches the “signatures” of a good component with those of a replacement; signature differences can indicate a potential problem. 3D V-I testing performs these tests at various frequencies, to allow discovery of even subtle operational differences. A precision current-limited sine wave signal is applied to appropriate points or components on the device-under-test using touch-probes, and the resulting current flow, voltage drop, and signal phase shift (i.e. characteristic impedance) is displayed by plotting voltage against current on a monitor. The resultant trace on the display is called an Analog Signature.
The choice of System8 test modules includes: Advanced Matrix Scanner, Board Fault Locator, Multiple Instrument Station, Triple Output Variable Power Supply, Analog IC Tester, Multiplexed Matrix Switch, and an automation footswitch. Future software updates are provided at no charge and there are no additional maintenance fees. ABI’s powerful yet easy-to-use software TestFlow Manager can produce customized sequential test methods, which include: general performance testing, digital/analog IC test, V/I test, live board comparison, component analysis, power-on/off testing, QA reports, calculation and logging, digital and analog functional tests, automated test sequences, etc.
Made in Europe by ABI Electronics Ltd., a leading embedded test equipment manufacturer, the ABI BoardMaster Universal Test Solution is available now from ABI’s technical distributor Saelig Company, Inc., Fairport, N.Y. For detailed specifications, free technical assistance, or additional information, contact Saelig 1-888-7SAELIG, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.saelig.com.