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PCBPT

Fangzheng Liu

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The PCB debugging could be tricky sometimes. Normally we should check which signal we want to measure in the schematic and switch to PCB layout to see which pads are connected to that signal and choose a proper one among them. If there is not only one signal we want to measure simultaneously, but some, and sometimes they may not be on the same sides of the PCB, your hands would not be enough.

Here we present the PCB Probe Tester (PCBPT), a PCB automatic probing tool that helps with your debugging. It's composed of a miniature probing machine you can put on your desk and a control program run in PC. The program will parse the board design file created in Eagle, and list all the signals you can measure in the design. After you choose the signals you want to measure, the program will choose the proper pads for the signals and calculate their coordinates, then the machine will place the probes on the pads selected. All you need to do is choosing the signals you want and checking the output.

This is a new and better way for the hardware designers to interact with their designs.

The PCB debugging could be tricky sometimes. Normally we should check which signal we want to measure in the schematic and switch to PCB layout to see which pads are connected to that signal and choose a proper one among them. If there is not only one signal we want to measure simultaneously, but some, and sometimes they may not be on the same sides of the PCB, your hands would not be enough.

Here we present the PCB Probe Tester (PCBPT), a PCB automatic probing tool that helps with your debugging. It's composed of a miniature probing machine you can put on your desk and a control program run in PC. The program will parse the board design file created in Eagle, and list all the signals you can measure in the design. After you choose the signals you want to measure, the program will choose the proper pads for the signals and calculate their coordinates, then the machine will place the probes on the pads selected. All you need to do is choosing the signals you want and checking the output.

This is a new and better way for the hardware designers to interact with their designs.