Precision measurements on PCBs to meet faster signalling specifications

February 04, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Agilent’s E5063A PCB Analyser for PCB impedance test in manufacturing claims advances in accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility (R&R). The analyser also provides a dedicated user interface with broader language support, and more robustness against electrostatic discharge for PCB manufacturing environments.

Tighter impedance tolerance is a direct result of increasing data rates; more accurate impedance test solutions for PCB manufacturing is now required to achieve signal integrity. The E5063A PCB Analyzer meets that demand by providing advanced error-correction methods to enhance measurement accuracy and R&R. These enhancements help improve yield for PCB impedance test.

The ESD protection circuit now available on the E5063A PCB Analyzer helps overcome the serious ESD damage that traditional PCB measurement solutions can encounter. The highly robust architecture of E5063A protects the instrument from ESD damage, minimizing downtime and repair.

The unit comes in a range of specifications; E5063A-245, 2-port test set, 100 kHz to 4.5 GHz: E5063A-285, 2-port test set, 100 kHz to 8.5 GHz; and the E5063A-2H5, 2-port test set, 100 kHz to 18 GHz.