High Performance ATE Test Contactors Exceed 2 Million Insertions

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Ardent Concepts Announces Exceptional Lifecycle Performance of Next Gen Socket Solution

Ardent Concepts, an industry leader in high performance compression mount connectors and test sockets, has announced that their latest generation of ATE test sockets for chipscale packages is capable of handling over 2 Million insertions MTBF in production test environments.

"Since inception, we have been ardently committed to helping our customers reduce the cost of test by increasing throughput, decreasing tester downtime and improving yields in final package ATE test," comments Steve Cleveland, Vice President of Business Development. "The latest iteration of RC Scrub-R exceeds even our greatest expectations. Not only can we allow customers to significantly reduce tester down time with this product, we can do it at a price point that is unprecedented in the industry for high performance sockets."

Multi-GHz RC Scrub-R test sockets employ a unique version of the patented RC Springprobe technology which is made from a proprietary material. This material eliminates the need for contact plating, a key source of wear in test sockets which can see as many as 12,000 cycles per hour in some automated environments.

A key feature of the RC Scrub R is the lack of board wear with repeated insertions. A static contact on the board side with a dynamic "Scrub" at the DUT side enables extremely long board usage and repeatable reliability over millions of mechanical insertions.

RC Scrub-R contacts are easily field replaceable, further extending the life of the product. RC Scrub-R test sockets are available for a variety of package sizes and pricing starts at US$800 each at qty=2. Replacement contacts are under US$2.00 each in small quantities. To learn more, visit http://ardentconcepts.com/RCScrubR.htm

About Ardent Concepts

An Innovative Interconnect firm, Ardent Concepts develops next generation connector technology for high performance applications. Ardent headquarters are in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire USA with sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ardentconcepts.com.

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Stephen J. Cleveland
Ardent Concepts, Inc.
603-926-2517 ext. 610
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