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Test clip creates new probe points

Posted: 07 Oct 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:emulation technology  microclip  test clip  pcb 

Expanding its broad line of probing and logic analysis accessories, Emulation Technology has introduced its new MicroClip test clip that provides new or additional test points on existing PCBs by attaching to surface-mount passive components (capacitors, inductors, resistors) in 0201, 0402, 0603 and 0805 packages.

Available with 13 different cable assemblies, the new MicroClip can be used with a variety of test instrumentation including logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and meters. The unique design of the MicroClip allows it to attach directly to both terminals of the Device Under Test (DUT). Isolated probe leads from the MicroClip can then be connected to the test instrument using a variety of available cables, and a complete hands-free probing system can be created when used in conjunction with Emulation Technology's MicroGrippers.

The MicroClip also allows for probing of the system even if test points or break-out pins are unavailable. It also features spring-tensioned pointed conductors that grip firmly onto soldered terminals of the DUT. It's also said to significantly reduce debug and analysis time as well reduce PCB costs by eliminating the need to have test points. This system allows the engineer to focus on analysis rather than on how to physically probe the system, regardless of the availability of test points on the PCB, said the company.

Available in four different sizes to fit EIA standard component sizes: 0201, 0402, 0603 and 0805, the MicroClips are priced at $54, $47, $44 and $42 each, respectively. Various accessories, including a holding stand, integrated magnifying glass and tweezers set, and 13 cable assemblies are available.

- Gina Roos


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