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A Universal Handler Change Kit Boat to Provide Fungibility on the Test Handler

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022015D
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a new universal handler change kit boat for the test handler, which features two 50x50mm opening pockets and four adjustable walls within each opening pocket. Benefits include reusing the change kit boat for all future form factors within 13x13mm and 45x45mm, without knowing the form factor in advance.

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A Universal Handler Change Kit Boat to Provide Fungibility on the Test Handler

Disclosed is a method for a new universal handler change kit boat for the test handler, which features two 50x50mm opening pockets and four adjustable walls within each opening pocket. Benefits include reusing the change kit boat for all future form factors within 13x13mm and 45x45mm, without knowing the form factor in advance.

Background

Currently, new change kit boats must be created whenever there is a new form factor introduced on the test handler, because the current boat design comes with a fixed pocket size that is not fungible (see Figure 1). Unique boats are needed for each form factor, which cost $18,000 per test handler. Yearly spending across the VF on change kit boats is estimated between $180,000 and $250,000.

A few change kit boats have a maximum of three fixed pocket sizes for three different form factor products. This is possible because the product designer had knowledge of the new form factors upfront. Three sizes are the maximum, because of boat thickness limitations; however, if these three sizes are obsoleted, the boats will be scrapped as well.

General Description

Figure 2 shows the disclosed method’s change kit boat design. The opening of the pocket is 50x50mm. There are four adjustable walls on each side in the opening pocket. Each adjustable wall is fastened by a screw on the boat for a fixed location. The wall location can be adjusted along the screw thread by releasing the screw, moving the wall to the desired location, then tightening the screw ag...