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Teradyne Introduces Flying Prober In-Circuit Tester

ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) today introduced a "flying prober" in-circuit test system. Demonstrated for the first time here at NEPCON West, the Teradyne Flying Prober delivers the short programming time and high fault coverage of traditional bed-of-nails in-circuit test for prototype, ramp-up, and low-volume/high-mix test applications.

"In-circuit testers that use bed-of-nails fixtures do not always deliver the optimum test strategy for every production environment," said Bob Fogarty, Product Manager, Assembly Test Division-Walnut Creek. "Even if the expense could be justified, the time to build and modify fixtures during prototype test and production ramp-up is simply too long. And for very high-mix/wlow- volume environments such as maintenance and depot repair, the cost of a bed- of-nails fixture cannot justified. Teradyne's Flying Prober solves these problems by eliminating the cost and cycle time of a bed-of-nails fixture."

The Teradyne Flying Prober is the first "fixtureless" in-circuit tester supported by a global ATE company. It offers the following features:

-- High-fault-coverage power-off in-circuit test.

-- 3-phase surface linear motors for simpler mechanics, easier maintenance, and superior reliability.

-- Largest available probing area of 500MM X 600MM for handling large boards.

-- Up to 8 heads for simultaneous 2-sided testing and highest throughput.

According to Fogarty, "Traditional flying probers have several weaknesses, including marginal reliability, expensive maintenance, inability to accommodate large boards, and single-sided probing only. The Teradyne Flying Prober addresses all these limitations, resulting in the best solution on the market."

U.S. pricing for the Teradyne Flying Prober begins at around $160,000. Systems will begin shipping in the second quarter of 1997. Availability is 6-9 weeks ARO.

Teradyne is the world's leading supplier of automatic test equipment. Headquartered in Boston, the company also manufactures telephone-equipment test systems and backplane equipment. The Assembly Test Division, Walnut Creek, Calif., manufactures circuit-board test and inspection systems for the commercial electronics market.

SOURCE Teradyne, Inc.
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