Multi-modal, Non-contact, Automated Test Equipment (ATE) for PCBs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8201-05-P-0999
Award Id:
73267
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-275-0512
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Tiernan
Director of Advanced Instrumentatio
(617) 668-6935
ttiernan@rmdinc.com
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
President
(617) 926-1176
gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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