Aerospace and defense systems require high-reliability testing throughout their development and deployment processes. At the same time, aerospace engineers are often credited with the creation of some of the world’s most advanced technological innovations, often pushing the boundaries of knowledge in multi-disciplinary fields such as RF and microwave, analog, and high-speed digital technologies. To do so, they need the right tools.
Introspect Technology’s unique tools lend themselves extremely well to design validation and production testing of sub-assemblies and entire digital systems in the aerospace and defense industry. The reason is that our tools offer the most compact and most massively parallel configurations in the industry making them ideal for automated testing as well as functional testing of highly complicated backplane systems.
The Introspect Technology M Series consists of massively parallel systems that can test hundreds of SerDes links simultaneously. Coupled with a professional and instrument-grade test automation software, it represents a true efficiency enabler for many engineers tasked with creating automated test equipment (ATE). Instead of writing their own test automation software, these engineers can leverage the decades of experience Introspect Technology has in creating an entire test automation experience.
In addition to the M Series, the C Series from Introspect Technology are portable, high-performance test tools that allow unprecedented individual equipment access. By allowing each engineer access to a tester from Introspect Technology, an organization accelerates the critical step of post-silicon validation and gains deep insight into its device performance limits.
Space and Satellite Communications
As the world enters the space economy, commercial developers of space and satellite communications systems require agility and rapid technological advancements. Solutions based on high-speed data converters, high-speed SerDes links, and radiation hardened electronics are all being deployed at a rapid pace — and Introspect Technology’s tools are able to help in various capacities.
While the SerDes implementations of satellite communications systems can sometimes rely on existing standards, the unique requirements of these systems and the need for differentiation often result in the deployment of proprietary communications protocols. Introspect Technology’s tools are highly customizable by design, and they have been successfully modified for the specific needs of aerospace and satellite customers.
Backplanes and Optical Backplanes
As backplane buses adopt PCIe Gen3, Gen4, and the various ethernet based speeds, testing the channels and connectors becomes critical for the successful deployment of ultra high-speed communications links. Oftentimes, signals coming out of a backplane channel are completely attenuated, and any small process variations or discontinuities in the channels can result in detrimental effects for the chip-based equalizers.
Similarly, optical backplanes offer the opportunity to transfer Terabit per second speeds efficiently and reliably. The Introspect Technology M Series consists of massively parallel systems that can exercise and test hundreds of SerDes links simultaneously.
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