Developing Flexible and Reusable Automated Test Systems with Fast Turnaround Times

  • Webinar Date

    September 15, 2015

  • Webinar Time

    8am PT/ 11am ET/ 3pm UTC

Webinar Overview

Presented by: Lee Whiting, Applications Engineer, and Chi Man Shum, Worldwide Portable Test Equipment Applications Manager, both of Mini-Circuits

Mini-Circuits has introduced an innovative, modular test platform designed to speed up the development process and flexibility of automated test systems. The platform uses a modular design with common, in-stock components to drive down the initial investment cost and allow a custom test rack to be quoted within 24 hours of a new request, then built and shipped within two weeks of an order. These systems make use of Mini-Circuits’ full range of high reliability mechanical switches and our industry leading programmable attenuators, which provide up to 120 dB of attenuation range in 0.25 dB steps. These new front panel mounted test drawers allow the system to be easily re-purposed to cover future test scenarios, significantly reducing recurring engineering costs.

This webinar will detail Mini-Circuits’ approach to custom test requirements, from switch matrices to full production test systems, including software support. Mini-Circuits’ Test Development Team will work in partnership with your company to develop the system architecture and specifications to free up your valuable engineering resource.

Presenter Bios: 
Lee Whiting is the applications engineer focusing on Mini-Circuits’ wide range of software controlled test products and systems. He has many years experience supporting test engineers, from defining the test requirements; drawing, specifying and developing the system; to integrating the hardware and software elements into the test environment. These activities have seen test systems developed for a diverse set of RF and microwave applications (including high power remote radio heads, basestation hand-over tests, mesh network simulation, MIMO, Wi-Fi access points and many others) and a broad spectrum of common programming environments/languages such as LabVIEW, MatLab, C#, Visual Basic, Python, Perl and VEE. Lee holds a Master of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey (UK).

Chi Man Shum is the Worldwide Portable Test Equipment Applications Manager at Mini-Circuits, where he leads the product introduction and marketing of smart power sensors, frequency counters, 1/0 control boxes, switch matrices, synthesized signal generators and rack mounted test systems for high speed automated production requirements. Previously, as the applications manager at Mini-Circuits, he managed and trained the sales team in the promotion of signal- processing components such as VCOs, frequency synthesizers, mixers, power dividers and filters for both commercial and military markets. Chi Man started his career in the laser industry as a research scientist specializing in electro-optical devices with applications in RF communications. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.