Proceedings AUTOTESTCON 2003. IEEE Systems Readiness Technology Conference.

25-25 Sept. 2003

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  • AUTOTESTCON 2003. Proceedings. IEEE Systems Readiness Technology Conference. Future Sustainment for Military and Aerospace (Cat. No.03CH37447)

    Publication Year: 2003
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    The following topics are dealt with: aviation maintenance ATS; systems level test; test systems architecture; COTS applications; RF testing; increasing fidelity of test through closed loop diagnostics; test development methods; test requirements; test standards; TPS design techniques and management; diagnostic and prognostic techniques; instrumentation technology; virtual/synthetic instruments; VX... View full abstract»

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  • Walter E. Peterson Award [2002]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): xiv
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  • David M. Goodman Award [2002]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): xiv
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):xxviii - xxxi
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  • Honeywell's missiles universal test set: an automated, Windows™-based, test station providing simultaneous system testing capability

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):11 - 18
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    The missiles universal test set (MUTS) was developed by Honeywell test equipment engineers as the solution to the high costs associated with designing test sets customized to individual program needs. By assembling the most common test set features into a generic hardware baseline, and incorporating test software that was modular and not device specific, the resulting test set is applicable to man... View full abstract»

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  • The impact of next generation test technology on aviation maintenance

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):2 - 9
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    This paper begins by reviewing the background of avionics maintenance in the DoD. It defines O, I and D levels of maintenance and details their implementation in each of the services. OSD's ATS policy and its implementation are reviewed, as are the DoD ATS Executive Agent's goals, objectives and strategy. The paper then details test technologies currently being developed and demonstrated by joint ... View full abstract»

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  • PC based, IEEE signal & test description standard, synthetic instruments

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):411 - 418
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    There exists a trend in automatic test environments (ATE) towards the synthesis of signals using digital memory devices, which, through recent advances in technology, are now able to achieve output at frequencies that were previously the domain of analogue devices. This paper discusses the use of a recent trend in PC technology, DirectX®, to enable real-time streaming of test signal... View full abstract»

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  • "ATE open system platform" IEEE-P1552 structured architecture for test systems (SATS)

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):85 - 94
    Cited by:  Patents (4)
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    The IEEE-P1552 structured architecture for test systems (SATS) standards effort, is a multidimensional ATE "open system platform" packaging specification. The standard defines data/signal/power interconnect mechanical/electrical mating connector requirements and common hardware packaging form factors. Addressed are plug&play wiring panels, switchable instrument/power mezzanine (IPM) modules, high ... View full abstract»

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  • An object-oriented framework for automatic test systems

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):407 - 410
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    After analyzing the features and requirements of automatic test systems, the object model and dynamic model of the test systems are presented, which are described with the unified modeling language (UML). Thus, an object-oriented framework comes into being for assisting in the development of automatic test systems. In contrast to the conventionally function-based representation model, this framewo... View full abstract»

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  • Integrated modelling and simulation environment

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):311 - 319
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    The process to develop avionic systems involves modelling for system design assessment and system test. This article describes a toolset to accelerate system development and system validation. The toolset enables concurrent engineering of the system to be developed and the dedicated test procedures. View full abstract»

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  • Lessons learned by an integrated product team when selecting software and replacing aging automated test systems [missile testing]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):694 - 698
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    When tasked to ensure the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system remain fully operational and supportable through 2020, the Air Force realized that the support capability of its legacy automated test system for the operational ground support electronics subsystem would need to be completely replaced. The legacy test system, while fully operational, was rapidly becoming non-supportable... View full abstract»

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  • Running legacy test systems on modern PCs

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):144 - 147
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    Billions of dollars were invested from the 1960's through the 1980's developing automated testers with embedded minicomputers such as the HP 1000, the DG Nova/Eclipse and the PDP-11. Many are still in operation as it is impractical to replace them. With limited budgets and an ever-dwindling supply of parts and expertise, keeping these systems running presents challenges. The US Navy grapples with ... View full abstract»

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  • Co-interference between military radars and 802.11a WLAN networks

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):290 - 293
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (1)
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    The 802.11a wireless local area network standard allocates the frequency ranges of 5150 to 5350 and 5470 to 5725 MHz for wireless communication between the computer and components such as LAN hubs, printers and cameras. Unfortunately these frequencies overlap the C band military radar frequency range of 5250 to 5925 MHz. This can lead to degraded performance in the WLAN network and also possibly i... View full abstract»

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  • Incorporating boundary scan tools in PXI based ATE systems

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):77 - 84
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    Boundary scan tools in a PXI form factor allow a powerful combination with other test methodologies. This paper discusses possibilities of integrating boundary scan tools in a PXI based ATE system as well as outline test and in-system programming applications based on boundary scan at the device, board and system level. An introduction to boundary scan related design-for-testability is provided. View full abstract»

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  • Infrared laser imaging for circuit board and IC failure detection

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):399 - 405
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    This paper describes research and development efforts in the use of infrared (IR) laser beams for detecting failures in integrated circuits resident on printed circuit boards. This work involves taking advantage of the transparency of the silicon substrate of ICs to radiation in the near infrared (NIR) spectrum to devise a non-invasive method for imaging the component circuitry of the IC. The impl... View full abstract»

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  • An XML-based test system management environment

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):670 - 672
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    Test system resource management is an important aspect of test asset maintenance and configuration control. It is a key requirement in all ATS procurement activities and affects a number of disciplines from TPS developers to calibration and maintenance personal. Teradyne's TestStudio test operating environment software provides a set of services for specifying and viewing test system contents, con... View full abstract»

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  • RF synthetic instrumentation: ATS technology insertion and implications

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):432 - 435
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    This paper describes an evaluation of RF synthetic instrumentation (RFSI) technology for potential inclusion into upgrade and optimization efforts for automatic test systems (ATSs). We examine basic software radio technology and its potential to emulate discrete RF measurement instrumentation, and/or RFSI. We discuss performance criteria for RF ATE and constraints imposed on RFSI implementations d... View full abstract»

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  • A portable PXI platform for mobile applications [military test systems]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):104 - 107
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    With definitive advantages in cost and size, PXI is gaining ground as the mainstream technology for military test application development. However, there are many instances where a military test system must be operated without the assurance of a reliable power source. There is a growing demand for a portable system that can be easily packed, carried and used anywhere. Furthermore, it would be idea... View full abstract»

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  • Embedding video in stand alone test equipment to eliminate training for low-volume, high mix manufacturing and field diagnostics

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):306 - 310
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    A common problem in supporting system readiness is the training required to operate test and diagnostic systems. Newly enlisted personnel, or multinationals not fluent in English, are often called upon to operate and maintain complex, high-value, low-volume systems with a minimum of training. Cost and availability of highly skilled technicians versus user interface development is frequently a majo... View full abstract»

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  • Calculating and predicting mission and fleet readiness [tactical aircraft]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):687 - 693
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    The objective is to provide greater insight into the mission readiness of aircraft to support the commander in which aircraft to commit to a mission and estimate how the fleet will perform given their current state and the effectiveness of the maintenance process. In order to more accurately determine the status of aircraft systems following the completion of maintenance operations, statistical in... View full abstract»

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  • Cost reduction during maintenance & repair

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):119 - 128
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    Low-technology equipment test and repair is typically composed of numerous manual actions performed in a series of predetermined steps. This paper describes a recently deployed rework/production system that eliminates all of the superfluous 'process control and tracking' effort required during operational system test and maintenance, and allows support personnel to focus on their primary task of t... View full abstract»

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  • Testing commercial & military RF systems with PXI instrumentation modules

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):139 - 143
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    Successful deployment of modern commercial and military RF systems requires test systems configured to process and measure a wide range of system characteristics and errors. PCIbus extensions for instrumentation, PXI, is a proven architecture for supporting a wide variety of test applications, but, until recently it has lacked modules with sufficient bandwidth and processing power to adequately te... View full abstract»

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  • Advances in reverse engineering are becoming a vastly more powerful tool in electronic repair of commercial and DoD systems

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):287 - 289
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    Reverse engineering has recently evolved into a powerful tool in the electronic repair process. Advances in four areas in the reverse engineering process now combine to offer remarkable speed, flexibility and accuracy to the electronic repair engineer. Test systems hardware innovations increase the rate and resolution of automatic wirelist generation by an order of magnitude. Powerful software dev... View full abstract»

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  • Enhancing the F-16 depot level maintenance facility to provide long term support

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):364 - 369
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    Utilizing engineering skill, a USAF depot repair facility was enhanced for long term support. This was accomplished by updating a recent automatic test equipment (ATE) design, building new interface test adapters (ITAs), and rehosting existing test program sets (TPSs). All the test equipment, control software, software tools, and rehost environment required for the establishment of a depot repair ... View full abstract»

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  • Building an automated test system using modular signal sources and digitizers

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):72 - 76
    Cited by:  Patents (4)
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    Basic methods and practical advice concerning the use of modular arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) and digitizers is given in this article. Emphasis is on the use of modular instruments conforming to the PXI standard, though some contrast is also made to a related standard, compactPCI. Of note is the capability of new modular AWG's to create very precise stimulus signals using 14 bit vertical r... View full abstract»

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