The connectivity of consumer electronics devices has led to sophisticated test scenarios that require new and scalable test equipment.
FREMONT, CA: The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) in consumer electronics has led to the development of connected, smart, and compliant devices. This has brought about a lot of design-related challenges, increasing the testing requirements. Each product that hits the market needs to be tested for functionality, safety, and performance.
Testing of consumer electronic devices is carried out at different levels, including field, interoperability, factory test support, operator certification, device health, vulnerability, and many more. Growth drivers of consumer electronics test and measurement of consumer electronics are growing demand for connected cars, high transmission speeds, and new standards for applications in data centers, rising power supplies, and evolution of communication standards. For optimized life and balance, all these devices have to be tested under various scenarios.
Testing equipment today has the capability to change at the same rate at which the new devices are being launched. Hardware testing tool suppliers today are moving to software testing. There have been advances in high-speed automated production tests too. As a result, the coverage of test cases and the speed of testing have improved significantly. Several robotic arms are being used in consumer electronics testing, which operates at higher precision levels than the human arm and can be used for assembling components on a PCB. Cameras provide visual feedback and help in inspecting the placement of components, the quality of sorting, and many more.
Modern-day electronic devices must meet numerous safety standards and industry requirements. Consumer electronics devices are energy-star-rated to indicate energy efficiency. For this, the electromagnetic field (EMF) test is used. EMF testing helps meet compliance requirements, improve safety, and reduce the risk of non-compliance. Robotic testing provides a huge opportunity for electronics companies to prevent faulty devices from being developed. Automation of consumer electronics testing will bring about a digital transformation in the consumer electronics appliance testing segment.