Vertical Probing

Vertical Probing

Challenge

As more advanced functions integrated into small form factor circuit boards, most of them have components populated on both sides of the PCB. Measuring a signal or impedance trace routed from one side to the other side of the PCB requires holding the board vertically and probing them from both sides.

PacketMicro
VPS100 Probe  Station

  • Solid vertical PCB holder grips the PCB firmly and stably.
  • Magnetic bases allow a user to easily move the PCB for the ease of probing.
  • Flex Positioner FP160 makes good probe placement and leveling easy and quick.
  • FP160 can also hold microscope to view probe tips and DUT in almost any orientation.

Things to Consider for Vertical Probing

  • Find a sturdy vertical PCB holder griping the PCB firmly to withstand the probe forces from both sides
  • Find a probe holder capable of holding the probe in various orientation with fine position adjustment
  • Find a microscope that can view hard-to-reach area
  • Adjust the PCB to the correct height
  • Make sure the probes cannot be blocked by cables or connectors
  • Use the microscope to level the probe to ensure all the probe tips can touch the PCB evenly.

 

Vertical Probing Demonstrations

Vertical Probing Demonstration

Vertical PCB probing with FP160 and Pen Microscope

Vertical Probing Demonstration

Double-sided probing with Vertical PCB Holder and VNA

About PacketMicro

PacketMicro, based in Silicon Valley, provides a wide range of gigahertz probes, probe positioners, bench-top probe stations, and digital microscopes. In addition, PacketMicro offers wireless modules and engineering services in Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee, and wireless sensor networks. PacketMicro customers include many Fortune 100 companies.

Get in touch

PacketMicro, Inc.
1900 Wyatt Drive, Suite 9
Santa Clara, CA 95054
USA

+1 408 675 3900 (Main)

+1 408 580 0059

info@packetmicro.com