Keithley Instruments Inc. announced that its Model 2657A high-power system SourceMeter source measure unit (SMU) instrument has received a 2013 R&D 100 Award.
High-voltage electronics, materials and power semiconductor end applications are becoming increasingly demanding, requiring test instrumentation capable of characterizing devices with significantly higher breakdown voltages and lower leakage currents and higher power levels than ever before. The Model 2657A, which allows researchers and engineers to make electrical measurements at up to 3,000 V while measuring down to 1 fA, is part of Keithley's growing line of precision sourcing and measurement instruments. The Model 2657A can source up to five times as much power to test a device as the nearest competitive solution, at significantly lower cost.
The Model 2657A is the highest voltage instrument a Keithley development team has ever designed. Its combination of requirements necessitated re-evaluating all Keithley safety practices and demanded exceptional discipline and ingenuity in terms of design.
Source: Keithley Instruments