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High Density Source Measure Unit for Semiconductor Characterization

Keysight PZ2100A14 July 2023 - Keysight Technologies introduced the PZ2100 Series High-Channel Density Precision Source Measure Unit (SMU) Solution, a new SMU solution giving digital development engineers 20 precision SMU channels within a 1U rack space to speed the characterization of integrated circuit (IC) designs. The scalable, compact solution gives digital development engineers up to 20 source measure unit channels in a 1U form factor.

While innovation cycles are shortening and digital standards are evolving, designing a semiconductor component or device and delivering it to market remains a time-intensive, technical process. Digital development engineers must connect and test multiple ports on a single device-under-test (DUT) throughout the design cycle to troubleshoot and characterize the performance of the IC. Without high-density, automated characterization solutions, engineers risk slowing their delivery timelines as they validate with complex, multiport designs using complicated and low-density test setups.

Keysight’s PZ2100 Series SMU addresses this risk by giving design engineers a high-density SMU solution that is scalable to 20 SMU channels in a compact 1U rack configuration. The solution also speeds time-to-market with flexible software options, simplified system integration and synchronization, and application-specific measurement capabilities, allowing them to focus more time on characterization and less on synchronization.

The PZ2100 Series SMU delivers the following benefits:

  • Single-box solution – Saves time by simplifying channel stacking and synchronization to remove integration and coding complexity. The user-friendly GUI accelerates test prototyping, debugging, and troubleshooting while the PathWave IV Curve Measurement software enables quick measurements and synchronization without programming.
  • Scalable, compact, and flexible – Saves rack space by offering up to 20 SMU channels in a valuable 1U full-width form factor that does not require cooling spacers when stacked. Available in five SMU module options that are configurable and upgradeable.
  • All-in-one SMU module – Reduces cost by integrating pulser and digitizer functions with conventional SMU functions, such as precise DC voltage and current sourcing and measuring to meet emerging requirements without additional instruments.

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