Reliable test solution for mass production of high frequency printed circuit boards – Yamaha® MP Series and R&S®ZNBT

With the start and spread of 5G communications services, an increasing number of printed circuit boards (PCB) that support high frequency signals are being produced. These boards must exhibit excellent frequency characteristics. In the past, a PCB’s frequency characteristics were inspected with sampling inspection using a test coupon. The Yamaha® MP Series combined with the R&S®ZNBT vector network analyzer measure the high frequency characteristics of a production lot at high speed and high accuracy, enabling 100 % measurement of mass produced PCBs.

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Antenna modules in 5G applications are produced using PCBs with low dielectric loss materials such as liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and modified polyimide (MPI). The high frequency transmission characteristics of PCB antennas cannot be ignored because they significantly influence the overall RF quality of the antenna module.

Automated testing is preferable to reduce test time and increase quality.
Automated testing is preferable to reduce test time and increase quality.
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This means PCB suppliers have to execute additional tests. In addition to conventional open and short tests, high frequency characteristic inspections of 20 GHz or more are required for these boards.

The R&S®ZNBT is a multiport vector network analyzer offering up to 24 integrated test ports. This VNA platform provides excellent multiport measurements when speed counts.
The R&S®ZNBT is a multiport vector network analyzer offering up to 24 integrated test ports. This VNA platform provides excellent multiport measurements when speed counts.
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Yamaha® Fine Technology solution

Yamaha® Fine Technology solution The MP Series from Yamaha® Fine Technologies is a high precision microprobing system for high frequency PCBs. It accurately contacts the dedicated board panel jigs used in product design. By using multiport vector network analyzers (VNA) from Rohde & Schwarz, multiple DUTs in the panel can be tested simultaneously with high accuracy and high speed.

Until now, the quality check was based on sampling and one-by-one manual inspection or was replaced by test coupon checks. With these methods, measurement errors due to operator mistakes occurred and accurate inspection was impossible. Thanks to the features of the Yamaha® MP Series, it is now possible to automatically inspect all traces on the PCB.

This ultimately results in higher quality PCBs thanks to the detailed and precise automated measurements. The automation and high measurement speed provided by the R&S®ZNBT allows customers to start mass production with a higher throughput.

The Yamaha® Micro Prober MP Series precisely and automatically measures the frequency characteristics of high speed transmission PCBs.
The Yamaha® Micro Prober MP Series precisely and automatically measures the frequency characteristics of high speed transmission PCBs.
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Rohde & Schwarz solution

The R&S®ZNBT vector network analyzer combines high speed and high precision VNA measurements in a very compact multiport unit with up to 24 ports. The R&S®ZNBT offers short measurement times even in scenarios with a large number of ports. Other highlights include a wide dynamic range, high output power levels and inputs featuring high power-handling capacity. This allows testing beyond just test coupon measurements of insertion loss and reflection loss on 5G antenna PCBs. In combination with the functions of the MP Series, you can measure all the transmission characteristics of the traces on the board, enabling more reliable and automated quality assurance. A plug & play test solution for mass production of high frequency printed circuit boards.

See also:
https://www.yamahafinetech.co.jp/en/fa_products/mp_micro_prober/mp502/

Simultaneous multiport network analyzer measurements with the R&S®ZNBT
Simultaneous multiport network analyzer measurements with the R&S®ZNBT
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