Multi-modal, Non-contact, Automated Test Equipment (ATE) for PCBs
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
The accurate assessment of the electrical and physical characteristics of a PCB (printed circuit board) to determine its condition, operational status and to analyze defects is a difficult challenge. Multi-function, high speed and exceedingly small PCBs point to a need for versatile new automated test equipment (ATE), with generic analysis capabilities that do not rely on the customized hardware and software associated with existing, highly expensive ATE systems. RMD proposes a bold new technology for ATE with multiple imaging modalities such as visible light imaging, NIR imaging, laser-based analysis, magnetic imaging and high speed X-ray imaging. The proposed ATE system will combine the multi-modal imaging suite with advanced, algorithm-based data analysis and data mining to permit a revolutionary new type of ATE that has the power and versatility to detect defects, and assess PCBs, without customized hardware and software. The new ATE system will allow automatic detection and analysis of both microscopic and macroscopic defects. RMD has assembled a strong team with the technical expertise and experience to successfully develop the proposed ATE technology. When fully realized, the new technology will be far superior to existing ATE systems for analyzing complex PCBs used by the DOD and private industry.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Timothy C. Tiernan
Director of Advanced Instrumentatio
RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES, INC.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472
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