Keithley Launches Source Measure Unit Instrument with an Interactive Touchscreen Display
Aug 19, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Keithley Instruments, a company focusing on electrical test instruments and systems, announced a benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface.
According to a release, the Model 2450 SourceMeter SMU Instrument combines the touchscreen and icon-based control that novice SMU users can appreciate with the exceptional versatility that experienced users need to learn faster, work smarter, and invent easier.
The Model 2450's design, Keithley's latest generation of SMU instruments, offers a way for users to interact with test and measurement instruments. It is based on the company's "Touch, Test, Invent" design philosophy.
Keithley said 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 number of non-engineers (such as electrochemists, physicists, materials scientists, etc.) who need fast access to data but sometimes have limited training in electrical measurement. Additionally, as the previous generation of electrical engineers has retired, their younger replacements have tended to be more software oriented than hardware oriented.
The Model 2450 builds on the design strengths and high precision of both the Model 2400 SourceMeter SMU instrument (an industry standard since its 1995 introduction) and the newer Series 2600B System SourceMeter SMU Instrument line. The Model 2450 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.
Model 2450's features, as described by the Company, include:
-Full-color, 5-inch touchscreen user interface: The full-color display and on-screen characters enhance legibility. A simple, icon-based menu structure allows reaching any measurement set-up panel with a touch.
-Extended measurement ranges with low current performance: The new low current (100nA, 10nA) and voltage (20mV) ranges eliminate the need to add separate low-level instruments to a benchtop system. Back-panel triax cable connections eliminate the need for expensive cable adaptors, which can degrade low-level measurement performance.
-Built-in context-sensitive help function: Help information is provided right where it's needed through the touchscreen, minimizing the need to review a manual.
-Error and event logging: The touchscreen displays error messages and an event log to affect diagnosing instrument errors, for higher productivity.
-KickStart start-up software: This "no-programming" instrument control software affects taking and graphing data in minutes. For more complex analyses, data can be stored to disk, and then exported to Microsoft Excel or another software environment.
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