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Keithley Combines a Curve Tracer’s Range and Simplicity with a Parameter Analyzer’s Flexibility
Keithley Instruments, Inc. has introduced seven instrumentation, software, and test fixture configurations for parametric curve tracing applications for characterizing high power devices at up to 3,000V and 100A.
Lee Stauffer, a Keithley staff technologist, notes, “Many power device developers have told us they like the dynamic range and ease of use of a traditional curve tracer, but they know they need more flexibility in configuring the measurement channels, as well as the accuracy, capability, and graphical user interface that a modern parametric analyzer offers.”
In sharp contrast with solutions that require all instrumentation to be housed in a chassis, all seven Keithley configurations offer the flexibility to add new measurement channels economically as users’ needs evolve, with no need to return the system to the factory to install new hardware. For example, someone could start with an entry level Parametric Curve Tracer, then add the capabilities of additional System SourceMeter®
All seven configurations include the latest version of Keithley’s ACS (Automated Characterization Suite) Basic Edition software, which supports Keithley’s newest SMUs and takes maximum advantage of the Series 2600B’s TSP-Link connection trigger model, which allows for 500ns trigger synchronization between instruments. This tighter synchronization capability maximizes the high speed pulse mode capabilities of the new Model 2651A and Model 2657A High Power System SourceMeter instruments.
The Windows-compatible ACS Basic Edition package provides control and analysis tools well-suited for high power device (http://www.keithley.com/
Pricing and Availability
Sales of the parametric curve tracer configurations will begin immediately and units will ship within four weeks ARO. US list prices of the configurations range from $26,000 to $90,000, depending on the specific configuration chosen.
For More Information
To learn more about the new parametric curve tracer configurations available from Keithley, visit Keithley’s website at www.keithley.com/
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
28775 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1891
About Keithley Instruments, Inc.
With more than 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems. Our customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device development and fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable wireless devices. The value we provide them is a combination of products for their critical measurement needs and a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test. In 2010, Keithley Instruments joined Tektronix as part of its test and measurement portfolio.
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