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Viztek IC Tester Model VZ-4

billdeg

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Viztek IC Tester Model VZ-4
Anyone worked with this? I want to test LS, S, L, and normal 7400 chips. I spoke with the tech at the company selling the unit, he said yes it will work ... I guess we'll find out, I just ordered one. I have hundreds of unknown chips, plus it will come in handy for testing IC's in vintage boards (esp when socketed). I could not find a Leaper-1A at a reasonable price, which was my first choice.
Bill

UPDATE: Totally flying blind here, seems like no one has any info on this. It was just put on the market in February. I just have to trust that the tech I spoke with knows what he's talking about. I will send an update after I get the unit and try it out.
 
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Chuck(G)

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Well, basically all of them have pin drivers (just like an EPROM programmer) and the devil's in the software. In your case, it appears that the smarts are in a dedicated MCU.

I've played with a few of these and found them to be moderately useful. Don't expect one to diagnose uncommon or complex parts, such as 74LS462 or 74S225 or 74S481, Fairchild Macrologic, or a host of other ICs. If the thing can test DRAMs, so much the better.

What I didn't see was a listing of the ICs that the tester actually knows about.
 
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