MegaTrace Curve Tracer

MegaTrace Curve Tracer

MegaTrace curve tracer is designed for high pin count devices. MegaTrace typically supports pin counts greater than 625 up to 2160 pins, with 1080 pins being popular. It utilizes the same applications as the smaller models.

The cart form allows for movement around the lab, and custom configurations can be implemented. Each MegaTrace is built with an LCD monitor, controller running essential DataTrace Analysis and MultiTrace software on the most recent version of Windows.

The MegaTrace is an automated curve tracer used for powered curve tracing, multiple testing configurations, and capabilities. See the curve trace configuration page to learn more about our curve trace configurations.

Applications & Features

Below are the applications and features of the MegaTrace Curve Tracer. Contact us to learn more or download the brochure.

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  • Failure analysis
  • Reliability testing
  • Nondestructive electrical test
  • Opens, shorts leakage testing (OSL)
  • Post decap electrical inspection
  • Optical fault localization
  • ESD testing
  • Latch up testing
  • Supply current measurements

And more

  • Cart form for easy movement around lab
  • 648, 864, 1080, and 1296 pin counts are common
  • Supports bus configurations
    • Custom 8 bus configurations available
  • Custom test fixtures and interfaces available to suit your needs
  • Fixtures have access to all drives and measurement nodes via banana jacks
  • Side panels remove easily for access and service

Fixtures, Interfaces, and Boards for MegaTrace

RTI builds a wide range of fixtures and DUT boards supporting the MegaTrace curve tracer. These solutions are based on the various interfaces available for the MegaTrace curve tracer.

Our most popular DUT board supporting the MegaTrace is the Octopogo™ which is compatible with devices or packages up to 1152 pins. See below for more information on our Octopogo™ and other fixtures for MegaTrace.

Custom solutions are available. Pictured left is a MegaTrace showing a custom hybrid elastomer/Octopogo™ fixture. Contact us for more information and custom options.

Fixtures and Interfaces

Below are different test fixture options for the MegaTrace.

RTI’s gold standard for curve trace interfaces, the Octopogo™ has many features. It’s compatible with systems up to 1152 pins and is a spring pin block based test fixture. DUT boards or Octopogo™ boards are clamped down with 4 screws from the top. A remote extension cable is available for remote testing. A test point matrix allows for external connections to the pins. Octopogo™ fixture can interface with ribbon cable based DUT boards by plugging cables onto test points.

The large format interface is compatible with systems up to 2160 signals. Available with pogo pins or elastomer setup. This flexible system compresses between the DUT board and fixture PCB, creating an electrical connection that is durable, reliable and low-cost compared to spring pins. Large format DUT boards can support a wide range of fixture requirement.

MegaTrace's large format breakout interface for 2160 pin countSupports pin counts from 648 to 2160 and can built into the curve trace system as a native interface or built onto the elastomer’s large format DUT board and used as an interface.

DUT Boards

Below are the supporting board solutions to the different test fixtures. Depending on the fixture or interface you choose above, DUT boards and compatibility vary. Custom compatibility fixtures are available. Contact us for more information.

Octopogo™ Daughter Cards (ODC) are built to support sockets for any device. Standard ODCs are limited to 2.25-inch sockets maximum and 29mm sized packages. For larger packages, an extended Octopogo™ is required.

Video features Octopogo™ Daughter Card and socket with adjustable lid set up.

Extended Octopogo™ Series supports any socket size ODC can’t.

PGA-625 ZIF socket on an Octopogo™ is wired to be compatible with pinmaps from a standard PGA-625 fixture. This makes migrating to higher pin counts easy and allows you to reuse old adapters while taking advantage of the native Octopogo™ designs.
Octopogo™ cards feature thru holes adjacent to the interface pads. This allows the Octopogo™ to be used on the MegaTrace bench without a spring pin block. They are compatible with any RTI socket

RTI has two versions of this fixture that’s compatible with the elastomer interface. One version supports 7 cables (648 pins). The other supports 23 cables (2160 pins).

See below for additional interfaces.

Benchtop “breakout board” adapters allow use without the MegaTrace. 

Remote extension cables are available to connect to the DUT board inside an Emission Microscopy System (EMMI)