Implement a robust test plan during product design

Quarles, LaWanda; Selton, Chris
July 2004
Portable Design;Jul2004, Vol. 10 Issue 7, p28
The timely introduction of a robust test plan during the design of a portable product is crucial to avoid issues that may negatively impact a product's cost and time-to-market. A few key electrical and mechanical design milestones performed early in the design cycle can eliminate most last-minute design changes. These milestones are: defining product specification; establishing pcb design; establishing mechanical design; releasing prototype samples; releasing engineering samples; and releasing final production. The two most critical from a testing perspective are establishing the pcb and mechanical designs. Proper testing at these two phases affords the opportunity to resolve most issues and fine-tune the design without delaying the product's scheduled ship date.


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