Patent Number: 6,528,988

Title: Technique for programming a programmable device while coupled to another component in a circuit

Abstract: A system and method for programming a Hall effect sensor while the sensor is connected into the circuitry for a given application. The system includes a fixture for receiving the printed circuit board to which the sensor is mounted. A plurality of contacts, such as pogo pins, are arranged to contact the circuit board at desired pads that permit programming of the sensor, reduction of the voltage applied to the overall circuit during programming, and measurement of the sensor and circuit output. The system includes a voltage limiting circuitry that is electrically connected, via appropriate pogo pins, to the circuitry intermediate the subject sensor and potentially damaged circuit components.

Inventors: Bolda; Daniel J. (New Berlin, WI), Haensgen; Steven T. (Oak Creek, WI), Scheele; John L. (Greenfield, WI), Muschinski; Craig (Greenfield, WI)

Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: G01R 35/00 (20060101); G01R 15/14 (20060101); G01R 15/20 (20060101); G01R 035/00 (); G01R 031/00 (); G01R 033/07 (); G06F 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 03/04/2020