Chip Tester Pro

(6 customer reviews)

$149.00 USD

NOTE: Production of this item is estimated to resume in July 2022 (date is subject to change). However, future backorders may be delayed further due to part availability. Delays have been caused by chip shortages. Order now to reserve your place in line.
Orders ship when all items are ready, so please place separate orders for backordered items if you want the other items to ship sooner. If you need to adjust shipping options, send a message to backbitio@gmail.com with your order #.

The BackBit Chip Tester ups your game with vintage computer diagnosis and repair. Tired of playing a guessing game with swapping chips? Don’t want to risk putting bad chips in a good machine (and vice versa)? Want to do as little desoldering as possible? Then the BackBit Chip Tester is your solution.

Available on backorder

SKU: CHIPTESTER Category:

Description

See complete documentation here.

Tests Included (more tests can be added based on user interest and chip availability):

4000 Series

4000 4001 4002 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4016 4017 4019 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4026 4027 4028 4029 4030 4040 4042 4049 4050 4051 4052 4066 4068 4069 4070 4071 4072 4073 4075 4077 4078 4081 4082 4093 4094 4099 4503 4511 4538 4543 40107

7400 Series (including LS, HCT, etc.)

7400 7401 7402 7403 7404 7405 7406 7407 7408 7409 7410 7411 7412 7414 7415 7416 7417 7419 7420 7421 7422 7423 7424 7425 7426 7427 7428 7430 7432 7433 7437 7438 7440 7442 7445 7446 7447 7451 7454 7456 7457 7460 7465 7470 7473 7474 7475 7476 7483 7485 7486 7490 7493 74109 74111 74112 74113 74121 74122 74123 74125 74126 74132 74133 74136 74138 74139 74147 74148 74151 74153 74154 74155 74156 74157 74158 74160 74161 74162 74163 74164 74165 74166 74169 74170 74174 74175 74176 74177 74180 74184 74190 74191 74192 74193 74194 74196 74197 74221 74240 74241 74244 74245 74251 74253 74257 74258 74259 74260 74265 74266 74273 74276 74279 74280 74283 74298 74323 74350 74365 74366 74367 74368 74373 74374 74375 74378 74379 74393 74399 74518 74520 74521 74534 74540 74541 74573 74574 74629 74640 74641 74642 74645 74688 74746 74901 74902 741000 742540 742541 742620

MOS / Commodore Semiconductor Group / Amiga

5719 6502 6507 6510 6520 6521 6522 6526 6529 6532 6551 6560 6561 6566 6567 6569 6570 6571 6581 6582 7360 7501 7701 7707 7708 7709 7711 7712 7713 7714 8362 8364 8500 8501 8502 8520 8551 8562 8563 8564 8565 8566 8569 8580 8701 8721 8722 251641 251828 325572 906114

RAM

1000 1024 2016 2112 2114 2115 2125 2142 4116 (w/ adapter) 4118 4164 4256 4264 4416 4464 41256 5561 6116 6550 CY147 CY171

ROM

2S23 2S123 2S126 2S129 2S130 2S131 2S137 2316 2332 2364 2532 2564 2716 2732 2764 27128 27256 27512 271000 6540

OTHER

μA8T26A μA8T28 555 556 ATARI (ANTIC / POKEY / TIA / GTIA) GAL (16V8 20V8 22V10) M54532P MC4044 PAL (16L8) WDC (W65C02 WD1770 WD1772) Zilog (Z80 CPU) ZX81 (ULA 2C184E)

The Chip Tester features: (bold items are new for Pro version):

  • Tests 5V digital logic in DIP socket chips up to 48 pins;
  • Normally closed socket makes stronger connection than ordinary ZIF sockets;
  • Clamping diodes on every pin protect against under and over-voltage conditions;
  • Firmware upgradeable with tests added based on user requests & feedback;
  • Confirms working chips to help narrow down problems;
  • With additional accessories, capable of diagnosing chips in-circuit to help you decide which chips to desolder (see below for details);
  • Supports testing 5V logic of chips in a wide variety of machines;
  • Capable of “ripping” ROM chips to Micro SD card (card not included);
  • Pays for itself when it helps you rescue a machine you’ve given up on;
  • Sturdy “sammiched” PCB case with 3D-printed buttons and standoffs;

Accessories included:

  • Power cable, USB A male to A male type (you must provide your own USB charger; 2A or more recommended).
  • Jumper wires to hook up power & ground (these make it possible to test chips that use power or ground on any combination of pins).

About in-circuit testing:

  • Signal contention is common for in-circuit tests and may require a PrivateEyes test chip (available as part of PLAster for testing a C64 longboard);
  • Testing in-circuit requires a test plan for consistent test results (see documentation for available plans);
  • There can be a steep learning curve for getting started with in-circuit testing, so please post a message on the BackBit forum and I will help you with any issues you encounter;
  • Test clips and associated adapters/wiring are not included (you must purchase 3M or similar 0.3″ and 0.6″ width DIP IC clips with minimum pin count for the chips you want to test);
  • If you use a larger clip that overhangs a chip, the tester can be configured to test at different vertical offsets;
  • WARNING: DO NOT USE for in-circuit testing while machine is PLUGGED IN, as this can damage the tester permanently.

Optional accessories available for purchase:

Recommended accessories to test in-circuit (not sold by BackBit):

IC Test Clips (this is the minimum set to be able to easily test most DIP chips)
*make sure you do not get “nail head” clips as those don’t attach to jumper wire
*if you get a 24 or 28 pin clip, make sure to get the wide one, i.e. 0.6″ width
*these are much cheaper used or new old-stock on ebay

https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/3m/923690-20/923690-20-ND/3843
https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/3m/923690-24/923690-24-ND/3845
https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/3m/923690-40/923690-40-ND/3848

Jumper Wire
* use male/female extension wire; any square pin wires with 2.54mm spacing should work;
* best to get configurable-sized headers like these, as single pin jumpers tend to get jammed with so many in a row; you just use a few of these for each side of the junction, i.e. 2x 10 pins for the 20 pin clip, 4x 6 pins for 24 pin clip, 4x 10 pins for 40 pin clip, or other combinations will work:
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3633
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3146 or https://www.adafruit.com/product/3145

Additional information

Weight 10 oz

6 reviews for Chip Tester Pro

  1. David Ziegler (verified owner)

    Got mine today!! Serial number 17!! Looks to be a fantastic piece of kit! Seems to be quality everywhere on this device! Did some test and the results are proper. What a fantastic device!! Thanks for creating this! Now I just need to get some test clips and test that piece.
    Thanks So Much Evie, you are awesome!!

  2. Dan Goswick (verified owner)

    Got Serial number 1! I really like the quality and effort put into this product Evie. Great job! I’m excited about the potential to add many more chips from other systems. It would be cool if there was an easy way for us end users to set up test scripts. Nice work!

  3. Raj W (verified owner)

    Serial number 62 (so close to 64! haha!) Very easy to setup and makes chip testing a breeze! The results are clear and accurate. Thank you for making this Evie!

  4. Dean Jenkins (verified owner)

    Serial number 277. Evie releases firmware updates roughly once a week with support for more ICs and improvements to testcases. I am keen to use the tester to test the chips in my non-working Commodore 64 (breadbin) which died about 30 years ago! I have tried several times in the past to fix my C64. Now I have the tool to make my diagnostics more effective. Thanks.

  5. Stu (verified owner)

    Awesome, just awesome!
    A solidly built device!
    Fast to learn and easy to use.
    Was testing chips within a few seconds after reading the well written manual!
    Easy to understand the well thought out interface and controls.
    Fantastic!

  6. Albert van Bemmelen (verified owner)

    Thanks Evie for this remarkable and very nicely build tester! (my Pro Chiptester build number #284). You are making any retro repair and testing those IC’s especially for Commodore and also standard CMOS/TTL chips a breeze! You even included the well known 555 and 556 chips and also FDC controllers that probably no other tester for this affordable price tests! Hope that many more new free upgrades will expand this already magnificent Pro tester in the near future. Hopefully also for the Commodore Amiga computers.

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