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FOLDABLE Y-SHAPE FLEX

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008255D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Yuen Chiew Wah: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An emulator circuit is used to test a software to be used in an electronic device before fabricating an integrated circuit (IC) having the software. Typically, the emulator is mounted with a socket onto a printed circuit board (PCB) for the electronic device so as to test and simulate the software under operating conditions. However, mounting the socket is a problem when the PCB has components in the vicinity where the IC that is being emulated will be mounted. Such a problem can be overcome by using a foldable Y-shape flex as described below and illustrated with Figures 1,2, and 3.

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Technical Developments

FOLDABLE Y-SHAPE FLEX

by Yuen Chiew Wah and Ab. Shukor Bin Yahaya

  An emulator circuit is used to test a software to be used in an electronic device before fabricating an integrated circuit (IC) having the software. Typically, the emulator is mounted with a socket onto a printed circuit board (PCB) for the electronic device so as to test and simulate the software under operating conditions. However, mounting the socket is a problem when the PCB has components in the vicinity where the IC that is being emulated will be mounted. Such a problem can be overcome by using a foldable Y-shape flex as described below and illustrated with Figures 1,2, and 3.

Figure 1 illustrates a flex for mounting an emulator circuit. The flex has two elongated

portions, foldable upon each other, for soldering to a PCB of an electronic device. Figure 2 shows one of the two elongated portions when soldered to the PCB. A socket for mounting the emulator circuit is placed at a different location of the flex away from the two flex portions. Figure 3 shows the flex soldered onto the PCB and ready for mounting with the emulator circuit.

  The foldable Y-shape flex advantageously enables testing of electronic devices having PCBs with little space for mounting emulator circuits. Furthermore, such a flex can be easily adapted for different PCBs to test various electronic devices.

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