Driving Confidence In
Automotive Electronic Testing
In today's automotive industry, ensuring the reliability of electronic components is mission-critical. From complex ECUs to simple wiper sensor boards and anti-collision sensors, these electronics are the lifeblood of modern vehicles, impacting safety, efficiency, and overall functionality.
Our in-circuit test product portfolio includes a wide range of board test solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of the automotive electronics testing landscape. Take our latest i3070 Series 7i, for example. This industry-leading system now includes specialized features explicitly tailored for automotive testing. These features encompass supercapacitor testing, faster shorts testing, LED diagnostics, and low-current measurements – all crucial tests required to test automotive electronics such as engines, transmission or safety electronics, and entertainment systems. With the i3070 Series 7i, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your automotive electronics will undergo comprehensive and reliable testing.
For those handling high-volume, low-complexity boards like anti-collision sensors and wiper boards, our award-winning i7090 offers a breakthrough solution. With the ability to simultaneously perform massively parallel board tests on up to 20 boards efficiently and accurately, testing these small electronic boards is now more cost-effective to enable better test coverage and reliability.
But we don't stop there. To further enhance your testing capabilities, we introduce the x1149 2.0. This state-of-the-art system, compliant with the latest IEEE standards, can be integrated with the i3070 or used as a standalone solution. Ensure confidence in the quality of your shipped automotive electronics by recovering test coverage of mission-critical ICs lost due to the limited access to electronic nodes.
Ready to explore our solutions? Find the board test solution that's right for you below, or talk to our specialists today for a tailored solution to your automotive electronic testing needs.
Award-Winning Board Test Solutions
Explore our award-winning board test solutions, recognized for their innovation and superior performance. Find out why industry experts and customers alike choose us for cutting-edge technology and unparalleled quality.
World’s first massively parallel board test system that supports up to 20 cores to perform tests in parallel on multiple printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs). Engineers can simultaneously test multiple Units Under Test (UUTs) without requiring multiple systems. This reduces scaling and infrastructure costs and frees up valuable testing space. Additionally, it comes with an FCT rack and test resource for FCT expansion and a new 129-node hybrid card for digital text expansion.
Keysight's x1149 Boundary Scan Analyzer is a powerful tool for structural tests, such as open and short tests on their PCBAs. It also performs In-System Programming for devices such as FieldProgrammable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs). for testing interconnects between ICs, eliminating the need for physical probes. The latest x1149 2.0 Boundary Scan Analyzer complies with the IEEE 1149.1-2013 standard and unlocks new testing capabilities, including register mnemonic, IC reset control, power domain support, and more.
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Common High-Speed PCBA Design Challenges
As device operating frequencies increase, signal integrity issues in high-speed PCB design become increasingly common. While high-speed simulation and interconnection tools can assist designers in addressing certain problems, resolving these challenges often necessitates the exchange of experience and industry-wide expertise. Here's a list of some of the most prevalent issues.
High-speed PCBA complexity
- Impedance-sensitive high-speed traces prevent the addition of test probes.
- Inadequate testing of component interconnects is a result of this limitation.
- Increasing electronics complexity leads to smaller PCBAs.
- Denser PCBAs reduce space for adding test access points.
- Consumer demand for smaller products drives smaller silicon nodes.
- Complex Systems-on-Chip ICs require non-intrusive silicon node testing at the PCBA level to reduce No-Trouble-Found issues.
Accelerating time-to-market through DFT implementation
Design for Test (DFT) in the context of printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is a critical design phase aimed at ensuring the swift development of high-quality products while reducing time-to-market. DFT enables product success from the initial design stage through to high-volume manufacturing. The time-saving benefits of DFT stem from the integration of testability into the design, effectively eliminating the need for repetitive redesigns caused by suboptimal design practices.
The continuous evolution of emerging technologies, such as 5G, 6G, Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Virtual Reality (VR), presents a unique challenge during the design and manufacturing testing phases. This challenge is especially pronounced in maintaining high test coverage as PCBAs continue to shrink in size.
This application note is designed to offer the audience an overview of the practical use cases of IEEE 1687 in their testing environments and how it can enhance their testing processes. For more details on how to achieve better testability in the context of today's intricate PCBAs, please refer to the Application Note below.
Extend Your Capabilities With The Right Tools
The Keysight Board test system software is feature-rich and explicitly designed for PCBA Manufacturing Test. These tools ensure the success of Boundary Scan testing at all stages of the product life cycle, from design to prototyping, NPI, and high volume production runs.
DFT Analysis Tool
DFT analysis tool is available as part of the x1149 SW. This tool provides insights into how well the DFT on the PCBA is performing in terms of ensuring high test coverage. Below is the link to the software application.
ICT is the most commonly used board manufacturing test in the manufacturing production line. To see what kind of test coverage you can get, click on the link below to download the i3070 ICT Software.
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Frequently Asked Questions About In-Circuit Test (ICT)
What is an in-circuit test?
In-circuit testing (ICT) is a critical performance and quality assessment method for printed circuit boards (PCBs). ICT is instrumental in detecting manufacturing faults such as short circuits, open circuits, irregular resistance, unexpected capacitance, and other discrepancies that could potentially hinder the optimal functioning of the final electronic product. Among the various PCB testing methods, ICT provides crucial testing capabilities that help manufacturers verify the functionality of their components and units, ensuring alignment with product specifications and capabilities.
What is boundary scan testing?
Boundary scan testing, or Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) testing, is critical in electronic design and manufacturing. Boundary scans enable the functional examination of digital components, including integrated circuits (ICs), FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), and PCBs. The boundary scan process applies test patterns and observes corresponding responses, effectively pinpointing faults, short circuits, open circuits, and other potential defects.
What is in-circuit test coverage?
ICT coverage represents the percentage of components and circuitry that an in-circuit test system can effectively test on a PCB. Higher coverage ensures a more comprehensive evaluation of the board's integrity and functionality.
What are the advantages of in-circuit testing?
The advantages of in-circuit testing include pinpointing faults at the component level, conducting simultaneous testing across multiple points, and swiftly and accurately evaluating intricate PCBs.