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Automated Test Selection For Spectrum Analyzer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052072D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haines, AA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

To assure completion of a sequence of automated tests and reduce operator interaction, a minicomputer is utilized. The minicomputer uses an operator-supplied test identification word to selectively populate a test matrix that contains instructions to control program parameters. This matrix is read sequentially to generate the test parameters that are input to the automatic analysis equipment.

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Automated Test Selection For Spectrum Analyzer

To assure completion of a sequence of automated tests and reduce operator interaction, a minicomputer is utilized. The minicomputer uses an operator- supplied test identification word to selectively populate a test matrix that contains instructions to control program parameters. This matrix is read sequentially to generate the test parameters that are input to the automatic analysis equipment.

When a test has been completed, that element of the matrix is set to zero and the next test word is accessed. When all elements have been set to zero, the test is complete.

The operator-supplied test identification consists of up to six characters, the first two being a unique test identifier and the last four describing the output desired. If all six characters are supplied, one specific test is performed. Supplying only the first two will cause all applicable tests to be performed. In this manner the minicomputer controls the test sequences necessary to yield the output data the operator has requested.

The tests are performed in the most efficient manner with respect to time and resources. The test order and parameter selection process is invisible to the operator, thus eliminating errors.

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