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1999 IEEE AUTOTESTCON Proceedings (Cat. No.99CH36323)

Aug. 30 1999-Sept. 2 1999

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  • 1999 IEEE AUTOTESTCON Proceedings (Cat. No.99CH36323)

    Publication Year: 1999
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):829 - 830
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  • Speech signal recovery in packet-switched communication networks

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):179 - 182
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    The interpolation approaches to the shape recovery of a speech signal in transmission over packet switched communications networks are proposed. The samples of a signal fragments are mixed and transmitted in correspondence with standard procedure of packet-switched transmission. After reception a reverse permutation is made. In the case of packet losses missing samples are separated by several sam... View full abstract»

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  • Cost benefits for the application of COTS ATE

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):433 - 438
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    This paper will discuss the outcomes of a study into the cost effectiveness of using COTS ATE for military equipment programs. An analysis of likely knock-on effects of the technology choice will also be discussed View full abstract»

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  • A new ATS architecture for depot testing of warheaded weapons

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):573 - 580
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    The Integrated Weapons Complex (IWC) is a facility available at a number of UK armaments depots. These IWCs are used for the repair, assembly, test and storage of sophisticated weapons that contain explosives. They are suitable for processing virtually all types of missiles used by the UK Army, Navy, and Air Force. The configuration of buildings that make up an IWC are such that warheaded weapons ... View full abstract»

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  • Creating service expertise from raw data with expert system software

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):161 - 167
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    Putting expertise into software requires us to first understand how humans become experts and how they process information into the “knowledge bases” in their minds. From this point of view, it becomes readily apparent why field service personnel who are expert in servicing several equipment types will perform much better than novices when learning a new equipment type. They use their ... View full abstract»

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  • O-level tester for A-10 avionics

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):457 - 465
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    An Operational Level Tester was developed to assist in troubleshooting A-10 avionics. The Tester consists of the Portable Automated Test Station and the Operational Test Program (OTP). The OTP provides system level troubleshooting of the Line Replaceable Units connected to the MIL-STD-1553B avionics bus. The OTP software provides the maintainer the capability to perform noninvasive troubleshooting... View full abstract»

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  • COM-based test foundation framework

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):19 - 25
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    This paper describes an implementation of the Test Foundation Framework (TFF) that is based upon the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM). The TFF architecture was developed between 1995 and 1998 within the IEEE SCC 20 ABBET (1226) Subcommittee. Several prototypes were created as a part of that effort to prove the technology. The implementation described here is called TFFCom(R) because it is im... View full abstract»

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  • Project manager's guide to achieving testability

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):419 - 424
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    The UK Ministry of Defence has relied on an interim Defence Standard, serial No 00-13, to mandate that all electrical/electronic equipment procured by Her Majesty's Government is inherently testable. This paper argues that the prescriptive approach, determining how Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are to manufacture equipment, is untenable and a new methodology is required. In particular, t... View full abstract»

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  • Using COTS instruments to produce virtual functions previously supplied by specialised equipment

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):269 - 272
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    A key part of a tester design is that of overall cost. Historically equipment has had to be fitted to a system when it may only be required for a single function or for a single LRI. This paper looks at ways in which a tester without the need to fit LRI specific equipment can supply complex functions View full abstract»

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  • Translating test programs using a model-based process

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):561 - 569
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    The authors apply model-based techniques as a mechanism for rehosting a test program designed for operation on one type of automatic test equipment so that it can be used with different automatic test equipment. The paper describes the necessary steps to enact the translation process: extracting existing test strategy/replaceable item callouts/code segments, deriving an inference model from the ex... View full abstract»

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  • ATLAS compiler development

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):111 - 119
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    This paper will present methods used in design and development of an ATLAS to C compiler. ATLAS has two major differences from traditional computer languages. ATLAS has an inherent object based organization, many ATLAS language elements are designed around the support of hardware. The other major difference is that programs are frequently written with test station oriented languages embedded withi... View full abstract»

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  • PC-based test systems in harsh environment

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):581 - 585
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    PC based test systems are typically used in office and laboratory environments. Some systems can also be used in industrial environments where electrical noise, higher temperature, and dust prevent the use of the desktop PC. These test systems however will not survive the harsh environment found on the flight-line or otherwise outdoor use. Such harsh environment conditions include extreme ambient ... View full abstract»

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  • Using windows messaging to control automatic test equipment

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):147 - 149
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    Traditionally, Test Program Sets (TPSs), written in ATLAS for Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), were developed for use with sequential, single tasking systems. For the F-16 Analog Test Station Sustainment (FATSS) project, TPSs were implemented in a separate thread enabling the operator to activate controls on the Test Executive while the TPS thread executes. When the operator activates a control on ... View full abstract»

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  • Test resource management

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):377 - 383
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    This paper will address Test Resource Management in the form of Test Program programming in an instrument independent environment. It begins with a short history of BASIC and ATLAS language implementations and extends the concepts into the visual programming environment now becoming prevalent. A short discussion of instrument oriented, signal oriented and finally test oriented programming techniqu... View full abstract»

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  • Using behavioral mixed-signal simulation to implement COTS rapid technology insertion in avionics systems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):769 - 773
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    The Department of Defense (DoD) has specific goals to reduce acquisition cost, shorten development time and allow rapid technology insertion into avionics systems. The DoD funded Boeing to perform a study on methods to accomplish these goals. The Diagnostics for Acquisition (DFA) study was broken into three efforts: simulation, demonstration, and studies. In the simulation effort, creation of func... View full abstract»

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  • Vertical test integration

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):425 - 430
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    Today most every weapon system is very electronics intensive. Digital computers are at the core of military aircraft, ship and vehicle weapons systems. Indeed, each weapon system's performance is largely determined by its digital computers and other electronics. This electronics dependency is necessary in order to provide the speed, functional compliance and accuracy to achieve the required weapon... View full abstract»

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  • AI-ESTATE-the next generation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):11 - 18
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    We present an overview of the current and future directions of the AI-ESTATE standards. We address the concerns of document organization, information modeling, service versus API specification, and other issues raised by the AI-ESTATE community. We also discuss the vision of the AI-ESTATE subcommittee in its work to integrate the AI-ESTATE information models and projects such as testability/diagno... View full abstract»

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  • The search for a GPIB replacement

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):169 - 177
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    This paper discusses motivations for replacing replacement and then looks at the attributes of three candidate GPIB replacements: USB, network I/O, and IEEE 1394. The paper then summarizes the Instrumentation & Industrial Control protocol (IICP) for IEEE 1394 View full abstract»

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  • Support of COTS and open system architecture modules [in military avionics systems]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):719 - 722
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    Defense dollars are becoming scarcer and technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate. This combination is putting increasing pressure on the available acquisition budget. To combat this, the Department of Defense (DoD) has moved toward commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and open systems architecture (OSA) to reduce acquisition cost, shorten development time and allow rapid technology... View full abstract»

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  • A Java based test program set development environment

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):775 - 785
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    A relatively new, but well accepted, object oriented language called Java is supported with rigorous standards and a strong stance, via Virtual Machine (VM) techniques for platform independence. This platform independence property gives rise to the possibility of developing platform independent test program development environment, system executive (control) software, as well as test programs that... View full abstract»

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  • A hidden Markov model based algorithm for online fault diagnosis with partial and imperfect tests

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):355 - 366
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    In this paper, we present a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) based algorithm for online fault diagnosis in complex large-scale systems with partial and imperfect tests. The HMM-based algorithm handles test uncertainties and inaccuracies, finds the best estimate of system states and identifies the dynamic changes in system states, such as from a fault-free state to a faulty one. We also present two method... View full abstract»

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  • P1522: a formal standard for testability and diagnosability measures

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):411 - 418
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    Members of the Maintenance and Diagnostic Control subcommittee of IEEE's Standards Coordinating Committee 20 (SCC20) are developing a standard for testability and diagnosability characteristics and metrics. The objective of this standard, P1522, is to provide notionally correct, useful, and mathematically precise definitions of testability measures that may be used to either measure or predict the... View full abstract»

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  • Pitfalls of Plug&Play

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):259 - 264
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    The VXI Plug&Play Systems Alliance sought to make VXI systems easier to build and use. However, a misleading picture may have emerged as to both the relative level of complexity and the propensity towards undesirable effects in both creating and maintaining an ATE system. This paper will attempt to identify some of the pitfalls of Plug&Play. In terms of the complexity level aspect, a misle... View full abstract»

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  • Transitioning from ATLAS to LabWindows/CVI: overcoming the obstacles

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):557 - 560
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    As the DoD eyes a move toward the use of Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software development environments, such as National instruments LabWindowsTM/CVI, for the generation of Test Program Sets (TPS), a few obstacles still remain. In particular the need to handle resource and path allocation, the ability to describe UUT behavior in terms of signals, and the use of simple, multi-action verbs are a... View full abstract»

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