- Team: May15-03
- Project: Robotic probe placement for hard drive testing
- Codename: Probot
- Client: HGST
- Advisor: Leland Harker
Hard disk drives (HDDs) are complicated systems that require significant amount of investigation and debugging during development. One important tool used in this work is using oscilloscopes to capture and examine waveforms that describe the behavior of the device. The waveforms are on specific test points, which are vias on the drive printed circuit board assembly (PCBA). A typical HDD can have hundreds of these vias.
HGST has enlisted our team to design a robotic oscilloscope probe positioning system to make examining these signals 1: easier, and 2: possible from a remote location. This will be accomplished by creating a robotic system capable of positioning an oscilloscope probe onto any of the vias on the drive.