Keithley Instruments, Inc. Introduced New Enhancements to its Parametric Curve Tracer

Keithley Instruments, Inc. Introduced New Enhancements to its Parametric Curve Tracer

Keithley Instruments, Inc.  introduced new enhancements to its Parametric Curve Tracer (PTC) configurations. For test engineers responsible for configuring high power semiconductor test systems, the new Keithley Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel improves connectivity and simplifies complex measurements like high voltage capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements. The Model 8020 reduces set-up times, minimizes opportunities for connection errors, improves operator and test hardware protection, and increases users' confidence in the accuracy of their results.

Characterizing high power semiconductor devices like power MOSFETs, IGBTs, diodes, etc. involves several different types of measurements: on-state (high current current-voltage), off-state (high voltage current-voltage), and capacitance-voltage (C-V) at high bias voltages. However, each of these measurements requires the use of different instrumentation, cabling, connectors, and probes (for wafer-level testing) or test fixtures (for packaged device testing).

The configurable Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel allows test engineers to select the options that match their system's probe station, positioners, or fixture. It also improves safety for both users and any low power SMU instruments in the system, simplifies incorporating different combinations of instruments, as well as taking the confusion out of adding elements like series resistors and bias tees to the signal path.

The Model 8020 simplifies changing from one measurement type to the next by allowing test engineers to connect all measurement instruments to it at once, making further connection changes unnecessary. When the Model 8020 is configured with optional C-V bias tees on the system's 3kV and 200V channels, it acts as a high performance I-V/C-V switch, allowing users to perform both I-V and C-V testing without re-cabling.

The Model 8020 provides input connections for Keithley Model 2657A (3kV) and 2651A (50A) High Power SourceMeter SMU instruments, Model 2636B and 2612B SourceMeter SMU instruments, and Model PCT-CVU Multi-frequency C-V Meter. Various user-configurable output connectors are available to accommodate almost any probe station.

The Model PCT-CVU Multi-frequency C-V Meter, which supports C-V measurements from 10kHz to 2MHz, can be used to upgrade any Keithley PCT configuration to include 2- and 3-terminal capacitance measurements. It is designed for use with the new Model CVU-200-KIT bias tee kit to extend the voltage bias to 200V or the Model CVU-3K-KIT bias tee kit to extend it to 3kV to support both AC and DC testing in the Model 8010 or other high power test fixture. The latest version (V 2.1) of Keithley's ACS Basic Edition Component Test Software expands the package's support for I-V and C-V measurements on devices like power MOSFETS, IGBTs, diodes, etc. It complements the advanced C V measurements the Model 8020 and new bias tee kits make possible.

The Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel and other Parametric Curve Tracer System enhancements are configurable products. Pricing depends on the specific configuration selected.  Orders can be accepted beginning on October 1, 2014, with availability in 6-10 weeks.

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