July 21, 2011

Ultra-Fast Current-Voltage System Wins Keithley Instruments Its Twenty-Second R&D 100 Award


CLEVELAND, OH Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced that the editors of R&D magazine have presented the company with its twenty-secondR&D 100 Award – this time for the Model 4225-PMU Ultra Fast I-V Module, which was introduced in 2010. R&D magazine editors present the award annually to the 100 most significant technology innovations worldwide.

The Model 4225-PMU module is used with Keithley's Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System. The module's innovation is that it provides engineers with ultra-fast voltage waveform generation and current/voltage measurement capabilities integrated into a single test instrument. Previously, several separate test instruments were required to obtain such capabilities, an arrangement that was costly and time-consuming for measurement engineers to configure.

Lee Stauffer, a member of the development team for the Model 4225-PMU, noted that the measurement innovation required to develop the instrument was a significant challenge for the company. "We value the R&D 100 Awards that we have received over the years, but it's particularly gratifying to see this particular product recognized by the editors at R&D because it provides our customers with a complete solution for thoroughly characterizing a device, material, or process. The Model 4225-PMU enables the Model 4200-SCS to perform precision DC I-V measurements (using the Model 4200-SCS's SMUs), AC impedance measurements (using the Model 4210-CVU C-V Instrument), and ultra-fast I V or transient I-V measurements (using the Model 4225-PMU). The integration of all three measurement types into one cost-effective, chassis-based system allows researchers to avoid the time delays involved in integrating their own systems and enables them to begin testing sooner."

With the Model 4225-PMU installed, the Model 4200-SCS delivers the industry's broadest dynamic range of voltage, current, and rise/fall/pulse times; it also dramatically expands the system's materials, device, and process characterization potential. Just as importantly, the Model 4225-PMU makes ultra-fast current-voltage sourcing and measurement as easy as making DC measurements. Its wide programmable sourcing and measurement ranges, pulse widths, and rise times mean that it is ideally suited for applications that demand both ultra-fast voltage outputs and synchronized measurement – from nanometer CMOS to flash memory applications.

To view a short online product tour on Keithley's ultra-fast I-V solution, visit http://keithley.acrobat.com/p77402742/. For additional details, visit the Model 4225-PMU's documents page on Keithley's website, which provides easy access to an array of application notes, data sheets, white papers, articles, and other related literature. Or contact the company.

About Keithley Instruments, Inc.
With more than 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems. Keithley Instruments' customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device development and fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable wireless devices. The value Keithley Instruments provide them is a combination of products for their critical measurement needs and a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test. In 2010, Keithley Instruments joined Tektronix as part of its test and measurement portfolio.