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Power device analyser features curve tracer mode

Posted: 05 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:curve tracer  failure analysis  power device  PC-based 


Agilent Technologies Inc. claims the industry's first power device analyser/curve tracer able to characterise semiconductor devices at up to 3,000 volts and 20 amps in a single box solution.

Featuring a curve tracer mode, the Agilent B1505A can replace curve tracers used in failure analysis, as well as in circuit design or power module development of electronic equipment makers. It combines familiar curve tracer functionality with the convenience of a PC-based instrument, for improved ease-of-use and the ability to perform failure analysis of power device and power circuitry. The device allows users to export and store the measurement data easily eliminating the measurement data handling and reporting limitations of traditional curve tracers.

The B1505A has a 10-slot modular configuration that allows for customisation and future expandability. It also supports two new modules: the B1512A high-current SMU (HCSMU) and the B1513A high-voltage SMU (HVSMU).

The B1512A HCSMU can source and measure high-current, with support for up to 20 amps/20 volt pulse measurements. The B1513A HVSMU can source and measure high-voltage, with support for 3,000 volts (at 4mA) and 1,500 volts (at 8mA). In addition, the B1505A will support the B1510A high-power SMU (HPSMU) and B1520A multi-frequency capacitance measurement unit (MFCMU) modules, which are currently available for the B1500A.

A variety of external test fixtures and switching modules are supported to permit the safe testing of power devices and to allow switching between the B1505A's modules without having to change the cabling.

Agilent EasyEXPERT is the Windows PC-based software installed with the B1505A that enables easy operation through an intuitive GUI. In addition to other enhancements, EasyEXPERT 4.0 can be controlled with a curve tracer-like rotary knob on the instrument.

The Agilent B1505A will be available for order beginning March 1, 2009. Pricing for Agilent B1505A will start at Rs.22.52 lakh ($45,000). An option will also be available to allow current B1500A users to convert their existing B1500A to a B1505A.

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