Are you planning to program
Microcontroller-Embedded Flash on your ICT?
There is a right and a wrong way to do this. Most
ICT Engineers are blinded by the idea that test fixtures need PODs to handle the
programming interface of the Microcontroller. This is rather inefficient, this is today's
The POD might provide some ease of use and some
visibility at first. But it complicates your fixture, it makes it more expensive, and it
will slow you down and cost you more when you ramp up your volume. A Teradyne TestStation
or a GR228X with a DSM already has the hardware equivalent of a programming POD behind
every dozen pins.
My best analogy if this: When Teradyne sold you
your TestStation they gave you the ruby slippers. So, why do you go for this balloon ride?
The answer I always hear is "Because Teradyne didn't give me software tools to click
my heels together".
me, I will sell you the tools or I will develop them for you.