Author Topic: 53230A counter CH1 input trace fails!?  (Read 1203 times)

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Offline awallin

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53230A counter CH1 input trace fails!?
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:27:28 pm »
We just had the second failure of this kind:
53230A counter CH1 input just stops working all of a sudden. Inspection of the board reveals a thin trace just after the input-BNC that is broken. The fix is to add a wire from the input-BNC to the next smd-pad which happens to be unpopulated.

Anyone seen this before on the 53230A or its sister models? We have one more 100ps version and maybe a third 20ps - I'm now almost expecting them to fail in the same way since two units have already shown this  :P

Chemical corrosion? Mechanical stress from the BNC? Other ideas?

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Offline SeanB

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Re: 53230A counter CH1 input trace fails!?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2014, 06:35:36 pm »
Probably the inner pin flexing as connectors are mated and disconnected. The stress is transmitted to the board. Nice fix with the wire, though I would have used a thin strip of foil to provide a more compliant connection with low inductance.

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Re: 53230A counter CH1 input trace fails!?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2014, 08:37:56 pm »
how much power are you blasting in that thing ? that's a fusable trace ..
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