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Source measure unit instrument includes capacitive touchscreen, targets engineers and non-engineers

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:51am

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source measurement unitKeithley Instruments announced what it asserts is the first benchtop source measure unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface. The Model 2450 SourceMeter SMU combines the intuitive touchscreen and icon-based control that novice SMU users can appreciate with the versatility that experienced users need to learn faster, work smarter and invent easier. The Model 2450’s design offers a new way for users to interact with test and measurement instruments. It is based on the company’s “Touch, Test, Invent” design philosophy.

This new design philosophy reflects recent market changes, including shrinking product design/development cycles and fewer personnel devoted exclusively to test engineering tasks. At the same time, the profile of the typical instrument user has also evolved. In addition to electrical engineers, it now includes a growing number of non-engineers who need fast access to data but sometimes have limited training in electrical measurement.

The Model 2450 incorporates numerous ease-of-use features that ensure a fast “time-to-answer” including a context-sensitive help function, “Quickset” modes that speed instrument configuration, and on-screen graphing capabilities that quickly turn raw data into usable results. It builds on the design strengths and precision of both the Model 2400 SMU and the newer Series 200B system SMU line. This instrument combines the functionality of a power supply, true current source, 6-1/2-digit multimeter, electronic load, and trigger controller in one tightly integrated, half-rack instrument. With all of these capabilities, the Model 2450 integrates the capabilities of I-V systems, curve tracers, and semiconductor analyzers at a fraction of their cost, according to the company.

Keithley Instruments, Inc., www.keithley.com

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