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Barco has chosen the Virginia Panel S6 (Skeeter) for their new Functional PCB Test Platform

Category: S6 - Skeeter
Company: Barco
Industry: Commercial | Platform: PXI

Display Electronics Tester

Barco designs and develops hardware and software for professional visualization markets. Currently, the company is active in the traffic, surveillance, simulation and virtual reality, edutainment, event, media, digital cinema, air traffic control, defense and security, medical imaging and avionics markets.

Headquartered in Belgium, Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D, and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Worldwide, Barco employs over 3,600 people and realized sales of 747 million euro in 2007.

Many PCBs, used in a large number of Barco visualization products, are tested on test systems developed by Barco's own test engineering groups. The PCBs used for these display systems will, from now on, be tested on a brand new tester developed by Barco's own test engineering group.

Previously, Barco used their own designed interface based on various standard industrial connectors to connect their ITAs to their test system. Contact failures, broken pins, etc. caused these interfaces to be unreliable. Such a demanding application requires a world class, high performance interconnection, or Mass InterConnect, to provide a reliable and rugged test fixture connection method. Virginia Panel Corporation (VPC) had the right interface to meet the high demands of the BarcoView Test Engineering Group.

The new VPC S6 "Skeeter" fit their needs perfectly. With six configurable connector module positions in a horizontal configuration, the S6 provides flexible, high performance and, above all, reliable interface, and uses just 1U of rack space. This application called for a mixture of signal, power and coaxial connections; all are provided comfortably through the S6, with spare connector positions available for future upgrade.

Recently, Barco has built four new testers with the S6 and two with our G12 interface; one of which has moved to Barco India. Barco is in the process of purchasing additional products from VPC.