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RTX Streamlines Wireless Device Production with New Modular Test Solution
RTX Telecom A/S introduces the RTX2300 Modular Test Unit, a highly optimized automated test solution for production of wireless enabled devices
The RTX2300 can be used for printed circuit board (PCB) as well as final product testing. It features a customization area that enables the interconnection between internal and external measurement functionality and the device under test (DUT), reducing both space requirements and complexity for the total test system. The flexibility of the RTX2300 simplifies the customization of the test platform, and enables economical replication. A production test system can be implemented by using an RTX2300 in combination with an RF communication tester (such as the RTX 2011 DECT/CAT-iq RF Tester or Agilent 8960) and a PC for executing the test application.
The RTX2300 reduces the complexity, size, and cost of the ATE system through the inclusion of modular instrumentation internal to the test unit, including a digital volt meter, tone generator, and signal multiplexer. Optional internal instrumentation includes a programmable power supply, battery simulator, and high stability frequency counter. These components allow for the calibration and test of the baseband and audio portions of a DUT without the need for additional external equipment. The RF shielded compartment of the RTX2300 can be customized with a device-specific probe fixture, including a pneumatic capture unit to automatically hold the DUT in place during test.
The RTX2300 can decrease overall product test time since it has been designed to allow several units to be set up in parallel, enabling optimal use of RF, baseband, and acoustic test resource, and effectively reducing the handling time of the DUTs. In addition, the RTX2300 can streamline the manufacturing process, since in literally a matter of seconds, it can be physically reconfigured to accommodate different products and test types.
Demonstration units are available now, and production units will be available in the 1st quarter of 2011. Customization of the RTX2300's hardware fixture and software test application can readily be performed by the end user, or RTX can provide these services.
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