New Ruggedized COTS field tester is an attractive and economic alternative

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Summary By Thomas M. Neal - September 2005


While COTS Test Systems are becoming more widely used in Depot and Second-Level Test Sets, Field-Level COTS Testers are beginning to gain acceptance by Military customers and OEM suppliers. Ruggedized lightweight housings with general purpose COTS cards and backplanes are now serving roles once reserved exclusively for custom dedicated designs. COTS PXI instrument-on-a-card manufacturers are learning how to migrate commercial designs to meet the challenges of first-line testing. These ruggedized COTS testers, offering a wide range of capabilities, are more easily upgradeable and re-configurable than their dedicated counter-parts. They also cost substantially less, making them a technically attractive and economic alternative.

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Article Date 2/1/2010

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