Software control options meet test development needs

Posted By : Mick Elliott
Software control options meet test development needs

A number of different low- or no-cost software control options have been added to its B2900A Series Precision Source/Measure Units (SMUs) by Keysight Technologies. The software options provide users access to a broad range of capabilities to support basic voltage and current sourcing up through full characterisation of devices and materials using an intuitive graphical user interface.

The SMU is a critical component in the engineer’s toolkit. It is typically utilised during the development or test of electronic devices when precision low-level sourcing and measuring is required. However, different applications demand different capabilities and generally, those capabilities come from the software used to control the SMU.

While many SMU vendors do offer software to control their products, often times they don’t offer users any flexibility in selecting between multiple software control options to meet their needs and what they do offer comes with a sizeable price tag.

By using one of the B2900A software control options, users eliminate the need to create their own software measurement environment and in the process, reduce both their development and evaluation times.

This includes university educators requiring low-cost solutions for student lab use, circuit designers needing to integrate SMUs with other benchtop instruments, and R&D engineers needing an accurate yet low-cost current-voltage characterisation solution for devices and materials, to name just a few.

“Our new software control options, which include our most popular and commonly used BenchVue and EasyEXPERT group+ solutions, are intended to give our B2900A SMU customers optimal flexibility in finding their ideal solution,” said Masaki Yamamoto, general manager of Keysight’s Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division.

Keysight’s new software control options for the B2900A SMUs include:

  • EasyEXPERT group+, which provides powerful IV parametric characterization for a wide range of devices and materials. The software is currently utilised in Keysight’s high-end precision current-voltage analyser products (e.g., the B1500A, B1505A and E5270B/E526xA).
  • BenchVue, which enables benchtop integration of B2900A SMUs (as voltage/current sources) with a wide variety of other Keysight instruments, such as oscilloscopes and meters.
  • B2900A Quick I/V Measurement software, which permits easy measurement setup and execution on a Windows-based PC via a user-friendly GUI. This control option supports all B2900 precision instrument family products, including SMUs, low-noise sources and electrometers, and works on multiple interfaces (LAN, USB and GPIB).
  • Graphical Web Interface, which allows any Java-enabled web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer) to control B2900A SMUs over the LAN. Because special software is not required, this control option enables quick measurements on the fly.

 

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