Beijing PINS Medical adopts Chroma’s 8900 Electrical Safety ATS for Medical Safety Compliance Testing

With the aging of the population steadily increasing, the demand for medical device industries to develop new health care and related auxiliary equipment are also increasing. Medical devices and related electronic equipment that are directly in contact to the human body poses electrical safety concerns and is an important topic that must be addressed in the design and production of medical electronic devices. To address these concerns, the International Electrotechnical Commission developed IEC 60601, a series of technical standards for the safety and effectiveness of medical electrical equipment. IEC60601 has become a requirement for the commercialization of electrical medical equipment in many countries.

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Chroma’s 8900 Electrical Safety Automated Test System is compliant with the IEC60601-1 standard. In addition to basic AC and DC withstand voltage, insulation resistance, and ground bond tests, it provides four different types of dynamic leakage current tests; earth leakage current (ELC) test, enclosure leakage current (ECLC) test, patient leakage current (PLC) test and patient auxiliary leakage current (PALC) test. The Chroma 8900 is designed with an open architecture providing a flexible, expandable, and cost-effective test system with seamless integration with a wide range of commercial-off-the-shelf equipment. Automation allows the testing of everything at once and provides complete test data in order to improve test efficiency and satisfy the rigid test demands of medical devices.

Beijing PINS Medical Equipment (PINS) adopted Chroma’s 8900 Electrical Safety ATS in testing, producing, research and development of their neuromodulation products. Its deep brain stimulator has been granted CE certification, which is the first DBS product with CE marking in China.

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Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) and its Working Diagram (source: Beijing PINS)

Beijing PINS Medical Equipment Co. Ltd. is an innovative high-tech enterprise with a focus on neuromodulation, a variety of clinical products have been developed to date, which include stimulators for deep brain, vagus nerve, spinal cord and sacral nerve stimulation therapies. As part of the “National Engineering Laboratory for Neuromodulation”, PINS Medical works in close cooperation with Tsinghua University and the numerous affiliated clinical centers, becoming a center of attraction for a wide range of professional talents in areas of clinical research, innovative R&D and business management. PINS Medical has developed rapidly in becoming a leading brand in neuromodulation within the Chinese market, due to the success of its creative research platform that efficiency links basic research, R&D of innovative products, clinical testing and market entry.

Chroma Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Chroma Group in Taiwan with products marketed globally under the brand name “Chroma”. With 30 years of experience in test and measurement instrumentation, Chroma is capable of creating innovative testing solutions for new energy-related industries including lithium battery, LED, solar energy, electric vehicles, smart grid and biotechnology. Chroma’s test solutions have been adopted by well-known manufacturers and testing laboratories all over the world.

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Chroma’s 17040 regenerative battery pack test system reduces power consumption and provides dual modes for battery charge/discharge test and battery simulation to test battery connected devices.

Chroma ATE Inc., a leading provider of power conversion test equipment, announces the release of the 17040 Regenerative Battery Pack Test System. The 17040 test system is a high precision system specifically designed for secondary battery module and pack tests as well as battery simulation. It has a regenerative function to greatly reduce power consumption during discharge and ensure a stable power grid without generating harmonic pollution on other devices even in dynamic charge and discharge conditions. It is capable of recycling the energy discharged (Eff. >90%, PF >0.95, I_THD <5%) back to the grid reducing wasted energy that is discharged traditionally in the form of heat resulting in reduced HVAC requirements. The 17040 is available in four voltage (up to 1,000VDC) and current ranges with auto ranging, high accuracy current/voltage measurement (±0.05%FS/±0.02%FS), 2ms current slew rate, and 1ms data acquisition.

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Chroma’s 17040’s also have built in parallel channels and dynamic profile simulation functions. The parallel capability increases the charge and discharge current and power to its maximum, increasing its efficiency and flexibility. The dynamic profile simulation allows the user to load a battery waveform of a given drive profile in either current or power mode to meet NEDC/FUDS requirements. Its bi-directional architecture ensures that current will not be interrupted during the charge and discharge transition state so it provides an accurate simulation of driving conditions in line with ISO, IEC, UL and GB/T international testing standards.

The Battery Simulation mode is featured to test battery connected devices. When a connected device is under development, the 17040 can simulate the battery to verify whether or not the device is functioning as designed. In addition, the 17040 can control the SOC status of different batteries. Users can upload required battery curves to test the DUT for charge and discharge status. The 17040 can also perform battery and DUT collocation evaluation tests in advance that apply to the motor driver for vehicle start-stop systems, light EV electronic controllers, car mounted chargers, etc.

Multiple safety features are built in to the system including Over Voltage Protection, Over Current Protection Check, Over Temperature Protection, and external parameter detection to ensure protected charge/discharge testing on the batteries. Additionally, data loss, storage and recovery are protected against power failure.

Chroma’s Battery Pro software provides users with flexible test editing functions to perform independent channel tests, detailed reports in customizable formats, and abilities to meet various requirements of battery packs with high safety and stability. Software/hardware integration and customization capabilities include BMS, data loggers, chambers, external signals, and HIL (Hardware in the Loop).


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Chroma MES Makes Communication Easy for Complex Hardware Configuration

Chroma ATE Inc. is a world leading supplier of precision Test and Measurement Instrumentation, Automated Test Systems, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Turnkey Test and Automation Solutions. To cope with the trend of Industry 4.0 and IoT, Chroma’s software and hardware technologies create a smart-factory platform supporting big data through suitable solutions such as Chroma Smart Machine Interface (MI) and Chroma Fast Easy Player (FEP) for intelligent manufacturing.

One of the difficulties the enterprise faces when implementing intelligent manufacturing is dealing with the interoperability among various hardware devices on the same platform. In Industry 4.0, all equipment is networked communicating machine to machine (M2M) through one integrated platform. For complex machines, Chroma Smart MI enhances network connectivity by providing a platform incorporating all machines into a unified module. The MI is a real-time hub of both horizontal communication (between the front and rear workstations) or vertical communication (between the client and backend), all linking to a universal work site and data center for real-time analysis. This improves the efficiency and stability of the manufacturing process.

To understand the status of various machines in real time in a production line, the FEP with cross-system integration incorporates various systems into a unified interface for quality control, monitoring and report management. Utilizing visual management and single management platforms, the template can be dragged and dropped to electronic billboards in every work zone with select information. This not only makes the management “visible” but also allows employees intuitive understanding of the instructions.

The Chroma FEP manages the manufacturing machines, the processes and on-site manpower for real-time administration of productivity, yield and mass production. The FEP functions include picture files, weather information, clock, scrolling tests, dashboard, chart and diagram, bulletin boards, tables and embedded web pages providing the on-site manager complete Kanban information.

Driving the Industry 4.0 smart factory architecture, the Chroma Smart MI enables the hardware to integrate more efficiently while the Chroma FEP conveys clear and diverse messages optimizing the factory.

Chroma’s intelligent manufacturing solutions (IMS) has successfully implemented in the manufacturing of batteries, solar cells/panels, LEDs, optoelectronics, electronics / ICT and medical devices to help customers optimizing their quality and productivity.

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Fast Transients, Low Noise in Chroma’s New Benchtop DC Power Supplies

Chroma’s newly launched 62000L Series programmable DC power supplies provide low ripple, low noise linear performance and a fast transient response in a lightweight, compact, and cost effective package.

As Chroma’s next generation of power supplies, the 62000L Series delivers pure and stable DC power as well as built-in features designed to meet the stringent requirements of next generation power electronics including automotive power electronics MCU/ECU, communication electronic parts, and semiconductor IC drivers.

Comparison of traditional models

Auto-ranging allows for freely adjusting the voltage and current. This feature eliminates the need to manually select the optimum range allowing all of the power to be available across all of the voltage and current settings.

Fast transient response makes the output voltage that changed due to load characteristics return to a stable supply of power in microsecond response speed. Take the 62010L-36-7 model for example, when the output current changes from half load to full load at the speed of 1A/μs, the voltage change of the actual output can return to 15mV within 30μs.

Low noise input power with pure quality protects the precision load or UUT from the interference of heavy noise. For example, the 62010L-36-7 output voltage noise is lower than 2mVp-p (20~20MHz) under the maximum rated current and maximum output power.

The auto sequencing programming function built into the 62000L Series allows the user to define and edit the output waveforms with 8 steps per cycle.

Conventional linear power supplies are cumbersome due to the frequency design and require more space for ventilation. Chroma simplified the design of the hardware architecture resulting in a better handling compact, lightweight design which is safer to stack.

The brand new 62000L Series programmable DC power supplies features an affordable price, high quality output specifications, practical functions, and standard USB and GPIB communication interfaces making this an excellent choice for testing small power and precision products.

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Chroma will exhibit Multiple Optical Test Solutions in OPTO Taiwan – Booth: J1016

Chroma ATE Inc., a world leading supplier of precision Test and Measurement Instrumentation, Automated Test Systems, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Turnkey Test and Automation Solutions will exhibit its newest laser diode, video and color along with solar photoelectric automatic optical test solutions in the 26th International Optoelectronics Exposition in Taiwan in June.

Lately the laser diode has been used widely in human face recognition, autonomous driving, and optical communications. The quality and reliability of laser diodes are getting more important as the demand increases. The Chroma 58604 Laser Diode Burn-in and Reliability Test System provides bi-directional SMU function allowing users to switch the mode when performing long-term reliability test in the optical devices. The Chroma 58620 Laser Diode Characterization System is all-in-one design integrating optics, electrics and temperature control into the system for users to specify the test conditions as desired. Moreover, Chroma also developed laser diode VCSEL testing equipment for 3D sensing applications using its unique and innovative technology.

Aiming to the ultra-high resolution video broadcast technology that will be put in service in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Chroma has launched an 8K SHV (Super-Hi Vision) test solution to fulfill the testing requirement for 8K (7680×4320 / 8192 x 4320) ultra-high definition from panel and display industries. This solution adopts modular design with different signals or power modules to meet the diversified test requirements. It has high flexibility, wide scalability, and supports a variety of mainstream industry communication interfaces. The Chroma 2918 supports full 8K@60/120Hz resolution, with the unique FPD Master, GO/NO GO software for fast editing and testing process. The Chroma 2238, supporting resolutions up to 8K@60Hz, has an intuitive and user-friendly graphical touch panel and software UI, providing users a smoother operation experience. Furthermore, it also carries a separate graphics engine that can output a maximum of four different resolutions and test patterns at the same time.

The Chroma 7200 Series solar cell and wafer automatic test solution is designed to inspect the wafer and cell defects on the solar cell production line. With Chroma’s smart factory solution, it can meet customer’s demand for low-cost production. The Chroma 7200 test solution can inspect solar cells or wafers for 6″ size, and detect single crystal, polycrystalline or even single-crystal products. According to the production process requirement, this system can integrate 8 kinds of AOI machines with different functions to perform wafer feed inspection, anti-reflective film color test, silk screen printing inspection and cell shipping classification inspection, etc.

The 26th International Optoelectronics Exposition will take place on June 14-16, 2017 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei. Chroma will be exhibiting multiple optical test solutions in the exposition at booth: J1016. We sincerely invite you to experience the new trend of measurement and look forward to meeting you at this annual event.

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The CEO of Chroma ATE Inc. – Leo Huang Receive ERSO Award

Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang (Left), ITRI Executive Director – Ta-Hsien Lo (Right).

The CEO of Chroma ATE Inc. – Leo Huang Receive ERSO (Electronics Research and Service Organization) Award on 25th April,2017.

ERSO Award was established in 2007 with the sponsorship from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Taiwan electronics industry. The foundation is established to promote the cultivation of technical manpower specialized in the fields of semiconductor and information science.

Chroma was founded in 1984, with dedication in research, development and manufacturing of precision test and measurement instruments to sell globally under “Chroma” brand. After years of experiences in automation integration and MES technology, Chroma has become a “Turnkey Solution” provider since 2011 with core technology in measurement.

Chroma test solutions are mainly applied to ICT industry, semiconductor, and clean technology, which includes solar energy, LED lighting, lithium battery and electric vehicle industries, that are widely used for R&D, manufacturing and quality assurance. At all time, Chroma’s solutions have been proven to effectively improve our customer’s product quality and production efficiency, as well as to increase their competitiveness. This is Chroma’s biggest value!

Particularly in semiconductor test solution for IoT IC market, Chroma provides VLSI test system, SoC/analog test system, system/final level tri-temp test handler, and PXI/PXIe IC test platform.

This honor gives Chroma the encouragement and the responsibility to drive more innovative testing technology for various industries including Semiconductors.

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Chroma received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award


Figure: Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang (right) received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor of 5th National Industrial Innovation Award from Vice President Cheng Chien-Jen (left)

Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award from Vice President Cheng Chien-Jen (left) during the awards ceremony on April 21st .

Leo Huang expresses his gratitude towards the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the judges from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award for awarding Chroma this honor. This award also belongs to all members of Chroma who have devoted their long effort in developing innovative testing solutions.

Chroma was founded in 1984, with dedication in research, development and manufacturing of precision test and measurement instruments to sell globally under “Chroma” brand. After years of experiences in automation integration and MES technology, Chroma has become a “Turnkey Solution” provider since 2011 with core technology in measurement.

Chroma test solutions are mainly applied to ICT industry, semiconductor, and clean technology, which includes solar energy, LED lighting, lithium battery and electric vehicle industries, that are widely used for R&D, manufacturing and quality assurance. At all time, Chroma’s solutions have been proven to effectively improve our customer’s product quality and production efficiency, as well as to increase their competitiveness. This is Chroma’s biggest value!

Chroma’s vision is to develop world-class products and become a world-class enterprise. For “world-class products”, it is to provide testing solutions with precision, reliability and uniqueness. For “world-class enterprise”, we need to approach via (1) innovative technology, (2) own brand, and (3) globalization. Besides, in Taiwan, we have high level of education, and lots of talented technical engineers. This resource is an important asset for Chroma to sustain its long-term growth. “To continue investing in Taiwan and to reach-out worldwide opportunities” has been Chroma’s belief to accomplish its vision.

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Chroma’s Battery Production Line Automated Test Solution Adopted by Famous Automotive Manufacturers in China

Chroma ATE Inc. is a world leading supplier of precision Test and Measurement Instrumentation, Automated Test Systems, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and Turnkey Test and Automation Solutions. In recent years, Chroma has been actively cultivating the electric vehicle (EV) testing market, and its newly launched lithium battery pack end-of-line (EOL) automated test solution has been successfully adopted by several of China’s well-known automotive manufacturers. Our solution provides safe, real-time monitoring of the test process and saves up to 6 times the inspection time, significantly reducing the production cost.

Once an automotive manufacturer completes the selection of battery cells and battery pack design, as well as development, it then faces bottlenecks in cost and speed during the process of mass production. The safety of EV battery pack production must be taken seriously as the process encompasses potential danger of high voltage and high energy density. Using an automatic battery inspection system can reduce production costs and improve the throughput effectively, and also ensures the safety of the entire fabrication process. Moreover, manual tests can cause inconsistent results, handwritten data errors, long testing hours, product traceability problems and more. At present, automotive manufacturers request that the EOL test for the finished battery packs before shipment takers 10 ~ 20 min/pcs with real-time monitoring, automatic reporting of traceability, and security protection mechanisms. Hence, the modular and automated test solution has been gradually adopted by many automotive manufacturers for battery production.

 Model 8700ATS Battery Pack Automatic Test System▲  Model 8700ATS Battery Pack Automatic Test System

The testing functions applied by the lithium battery pack EOL automated test system encompasses mechanical assembly, high voltage insulation, battery management system (BMS) communication, internal on/off switches, battery unbalance, and temperature distribution, etc. The comprehensive PASS/FAIL tests can be used not only for production line but also for R&D near completion phase or battery pack feeding inspection. Automated testing avoids personal misuse and ensures the safety of operators, which is applicable for the battery modules of electric cars, electric motorcycles and energy storage systems. The main features and specifications of Chroma’s battery pack automated test system are listed below:

  • For battery module production or R & D unit test verification use.
  • Improve product inspection efficiency.
  • Test the battery module for BMS function / connector withstand voltage / consistency / performance.
  • Charge and discharge power range: 5kW ~ 500kW.
  • Charge and discharge power/current range:0V~1200V/0A~2600A.
  • Standard test items include: Insulation test, electrical test, software/communication test and battery performance test.
  • Capable of providing customized fixtures to connect the battery modules with automatic control switching function.

The lithium battery pack EOL automated test system can integrate with Chroma’s electrical safety analyzers, switching fixtures, digital meters, and regenerative charge/discharge test systems through an open software platform for diversified testing applications. With the support of Shop-Floor programs and MES handshakes, it is easy to integrate data incorporation and tracking. The test system can also handle different automated production line requirements for PLC, MES, and security mechanisms to provide a more complete customized automated test station.

With 30 years of experience in test and measurement instrumentation, Chroma is able to provide a wide variety of test solutions for power and storage batteries. These include: regenerative battery pack test systems for battery cells, battery modules, and battery packs; BMS test systems; battery pack EOL auto test systems; battery simulators; and super capacitors. These solutions are in use worldwide by manufacturers and third party laboratories.

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Chroma Releases the Newest Semiconductor Test Solution

Chroma ATE Inc., a world leading supplier of precision Test and Measurement Instrumentation, Automated Test Systems, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Turnkey Test and Automation Solutions has recently released the newest semiconductor test solution for the IoT IC market.

The Chroma 3680 is an advanced SoC test system with data rate up to 1Gbps. The Chroma 3680 is capable of conducting parallel tests on multiple chips to meet the digital and analog IC testing requirements, with applications including MCU, digital audio, digital TV, set-top box, DSP, network processor, field programmable gate array (FPGA) and consumer electronics.

Chroma 3680 advanced SoC test system
▲ Chroma 3680 advanced SoC test system

Newly developed this year, the Chroma 33010 PXIe Digital IO Card provides automatic test functions based on PXIe architecture to excel in the heavy demands of PXI testing. To satisfy smaller IC channels and increasingly complex test functions especially on IoT and automotive electronics IC, the PXI/PXIe architecture in semiconductor testing offers unparalleled advantage in diversity and flexibility, which includes MCU, MEMS, RF IC and PMIC testing. It can also be ported to Chroma 3380D (256 channels) and Chroma 3380P (512 channels) for mass-production as they have high similarity in both software and hardware.

Chroma 33010 PXIe Digital IO card
▲ Chroma 33010 PXIe Digital IO card

The Chroma 3260 Tri-Temperature SLT Handler is equipped DTC (Dynamic Temperature Control) function by leading Nitro TEC technology, which can support more excellent temperature performance range from -40°C to 125°C with +/- 1°C accuracy. It is suitable for parallel tests on multiple module boards, and the test sockets embedded can accommodate various types of package (QFP, TQFP, μBGA, PGA and CSP). The Chroma 3260 (Tri-Temp.) can change kit quickly as changing different DUT (Device Under Test) to significantly reduce the downtime and improve efficiency. Applications include the IC components for IoV (Internet of Vehicle) and the cloud-computing industry.


▲ Chroma 3260 Tri-Temperature SLT Handler

The Chroma 3111 Table Top Single Site Handler is designed for system function testing especially during engineering experimental phase. It has electrical terminal test capability to support various packaged wafers sizes, ranging from 5x5mm to 45x45mm.The Chroma 3111 will be the best choice to effectively minimize time and cost during engineering test due to its tiny size (60cm2 space) feature.

▲ Chroma 3111 Table Top Single Site Handler

The Chroma semiconductor test equipment integrated with the MP5800 RF ATE tester can cover 6GHz test range and provide 4/8 RF port with 120MHz bandwidth. Its applications include WiFi , BT, GPS, other IoT connectivity ICs and RF components (PA / LNA / Converter, etc.) to satisfy the requirements of a total RF/Digital ATE (CP/FT/SLT) test solution.

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▲ MP5800 RF ATE Tester

Chroma’s semiconductor test solution also provides a variety of software suites for different testing applications.

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Latest ISO 16750-2, VW 80000 and GS 95024-2-1 Automotive Standards for Electrical Load testing

Chroma ATE launches its latest electrical load testing software for automotive parts. The soft panel integrates the international standards of ISO 16750-2, GS 95024-2-1 and VW 80000 into the 62000P and 62000H series DC power supplies. It easily controls the DC power supply online to provide graphic curves for testing. It is suitable for R&D and QA units for conducting durability and stability verification on automotive electronics like LED headlamp, ECU, wiper motor, power window, car stereo, GPS, charger, and more.

The automotive parts electrical load testing software, which complies with the ISO 16750-2, GS 95024-2-1, and VW 80000 standards, provides the following test items

Item ISO 16750-2 standard
1 Starting Profile test
2 Reset behavior at voltage drop test
3 Momentary drop in supply voltage test
4 Slow decrease and increase of voltage test
Item GS 95024-2-1 standard
1 Transient overvoltage test
2 Transient undervoltage test
3 Jump start test
4 Slow decrease and increase of supply voltage test
5 Slow decrease, quick increase of supply voltage test
6 Reset behavior test
7 Start pulses test
8 Voltage curve with intelligent generator control test
Item VW80000 standard
1 Long-term overvoltage test
2 Transient overvoltage test
3 Transient undervoltage test
4 Jump start test
5 Load dump test
6 Slow decrease and increase of supply voltage test
7 Slow decrease, quick increase of supply voltage test
8 Reset behavior test
9 Start pulses test
10 Voltage curve with intelligent generator control test

Screenshots for the software are shown below:

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For the 12V and 24V power systems commonly used in automobiles, the Chroma 62000P series has 40V,120A and 2400W output capability that is applicable for testing automotive parts, while the 62000H series has 40V,375A and 15KW power output capability that is large enough to simulate the entire vehicle’s power supply system.

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