Polar Instruments releases the Atlas Insertion-loss Test System for PCB fabricators

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Citation

(2011), "Polar Instruments releases the Atlas Insertion-loss Test System for PCB fabricators", Circuit World, Vol. 37 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2011.21737caa.023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Polar Instruments releases the Atlas Insertion-loss Test System for PCB fabricators

Article Type: New products From: Circuit World, Volume 37, Issue 3

Key facts

  • First, insertion-loss test system designed for PCB fabricators.

  • Ensures accurate, repeatable measurements during PCB fabrication.

  • Eliminates the need for skilled engineers to carry out testing.

  • Supports the use of low-cost PCB laminates for multi-GHz PCBs.

  • Part of a suite of tools which deliver end-to-end insertion-loss management.

Polar Instruments announces the new Atlas Insertion-loss Test System which simplifies the measurement of insertion losses during the fabrication of multi-GHz PCBs. Atlas can be used as a standalone test system, or as part of Polar’s complete suite of tools for management of transmission-line losses from PCB design to fabrication.

Neil Chamberlain, Signal Integrity product manager with Polar Instruments explains, “With an increase in the number of PCBs supporting multi-GHz bus speeds, PCB fabricators must be able to measure and control transmission-line losses with confidence. Previously, managing lossy lines in high-speed PCBs meant using high-cost laminates and skilled engineers to test for insertion loss. The Atlas system allows fabricators to achieve multi-GHz performance and make an intelligent choice of the most appropriate laminate for their application and enables accurate testing to be carried out, in seconds, by QA or production-line operators.”

Atlas can be used as a standalone test system or in conjunction with other Polar tools for end-to-end lossy-line management, with loss modelling at the design stage using the Si9000e field solver; layer stack-up design and lossy-line field-solving with the Speedstack Si; coupon generation with the CGen Si and testing during fabrication with the Atlas Insertion-loss Test System.

For further information, please visit the web site: www.polarinstruments.com