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Keithley 2450 SMU with I-V Tracer Software

Enrollment Closed

Start Date: 3/5/20 07:00 AM

End Date: 4/8/20 06:00 AM


Kits Offered: 3

Applicants: 72

Summary

Roadtest the Keithley Touchscreen 2450 SMU instrument with simultaneous source and measure of V or I capability together with software for tracing I-V curves of two-terminal devices.

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1. RoadTest Overview

In this roadtest, we would like you to test and experiment with both the Keithley 2450 SourceMeter Instrument and the I-V Tracer software, and report your experiences and final conclusions.

 

To provide you with more information about the Keithley 2450 SourceMeter Instrument and the I-V Tracer software, we have posted detailed information about the product, along with various supplementary information and links to the manuals on the Tektronix website.

 

2. Introduction to the Keithley Model 2450 SourceMeter Instrument

Keithley Model 2450 SourceMeter Instrument is the fourth-generation member of Keithley’s SourceMeter family of SMU instruments. It offers a highly flexible, four-quadrant voltage and current source/load coupled with precision voltage and current meters. This all-in-one instrument gives you the capabilities of a:

  • Precision power supply with V and I readback
  • True current source
  • Digital multimeter (DCV, DCI, ohms, and power with 6½-digit resolution)
  • Precision electronic load
  • Trigger controller

 

The 2450 is Keithley’s next-generation SourceMeter source measure unit (SMU) instrument that truly brings Ohm’s law (current, voltage, and resistance) testing right to your fingertips. Its innovative graphical user interface (GUI) and advanced, capacitive touchscreen technology allow intuitive usage and minimize the learning curve to enable engineers and scientists to learn faster, work smarter, and invent easier.

The 2450 is the SMU for everyone: a versatile instrument, particularly well-suited for characterizing modern scaled semiconductors, nano-scale devices and materials, organic semiconductors, printed electronics, and other small-geometry and low-power devices. All this combined with Keithley SMU precision and accuracy allows users to Touch, Test, Invent® with the new favorite go-to instrument in the lab for years to come.

 

Unlike conventional instruments with dedicated pushbutton technology and small, obscure, limited-character displays, the 2450 features a five-inch, full-color, high-resolution touchscreen that facilitates ease of use, learning, and optimizes overall speed and productivity. A simple icon-based menu structure reduces configuration steps by as much as 50 percent and eliminates the cumbersome multi-layer menu structures typically used on soft-key instruments. Built-in, context-sensitive help enables intuitive operation and minimizes the need to review a separate manual. These capabilities combined with its application versatility make the 2450 the SMU instrument inherently easy to use for basic and advanced measurement applications, regardless of your experience level with SMU instruments.

 

Key Features

  • Capabilities of analyzers, curve tracers, and I-V systems at a fraction of their cost
  • Five-inch, high resolution capacitive touchscreen GUI
  • 0.012% basic measure accuracy with 6½-digit resolution
  • Enhanced sensitivity with new 20mV and 10nA source/measure ranges
  • Source and sink (four-quadrant) operation
  • Four “Quickset” modes for fast setup and measurements
  • Built-in, context-sensitive front panel help
  • Front panel input banana jacks; rear panel input triaxial connections
  • 2450 SCPI and TSP® scripting programming modes
  • 2400 SCPI-compatible programming mode
  • Front panel USB memory port for data/programming/configuration I/O

 

3. Package Contents

  • 2450 SourceMeter® unit
  • Calibration Certificate
  • CS-1616-3 safety interlock mating connector
  • Power Cable
  • USB-B-1 USB cable, Type A to type B
  • CA-180-3A TSP-link/Ethernet cable
  • 4mm Safety test lead kit (012173001)
  • Kickstart start-up software (supplied on CD)
  • Quick start guide

 

4. I-V Tracer Software

Keithley I-V Tracer Software leverages the unique touchscreen interface of the 2400 Series SourceMeter® Source Measure Unit (SMU) instruments to recreate the familiar user experience of a curve tracer for two-terminal devices. Adding the I-V Tracer to your SourceMeter instrument gives you a dedicated user interface for tracing the characteristics of your devices through both current and voltage. With a range of compatible instruments, I-V Tracer can utilize the full capabilities of each source measure unit, including the dual high-speed digitizers of the 2461 to perform tracing with AC polarity and pulsed DC, in addition to standard DC polarity.

 

Tektronix introduced the industry’s first curve tracer in 1955 to display characteristic curves for vacuum tubes, followed over the years by models for testing transistors, diodes and other solid-state devices. Approximating a power supply and an oscilloscope packaged in the same box, curve tracers source voltage while plotting voltage vs. current. For labs that prefer to continue using traditional curve tracers, the reliance on vintage instrumentation presents its share of obstacles. Keeping existing instruments functional requires sourcing and stocking old replacement components, and the large footprint consumes limited lab space. Traditional curve tracers also have no methods for easily capturing and sharing data.

 

This all changes with Keithley I-V Tracer Software. Since an SMU can source voltage or current while measuring voltage and current, it has similar hardware qualities to a curve tracer. Rather than pooling resources for shared, outdated equipment, labs can now equip individual engineers with their own I-V curve tracer for applications in failure analysis, semiconductor R&D, and education.

 

Key Features

  • Compatible with Keithley 2450, 2460, 2461, and 2470 Graphical SourceMeter SMUs
  • +DC, –DC, AC polarity modes (AC mode only compatible with the 2461 SMU)
  • Compare mode to display a reference device next to a measured curve
  • Save curve data to disk with KickStart for analysis in Excel
  • Screen capture curves
  • Pinch and zoom on the touchscreen to analyze data immediately
  • Current sourcing capabilities allowing the user to sweep current across the device and plot current versus voltage

 

Roadtesters will be given 1 free license for I-V Tracer.  They will be contacted when their units ship with instructions for installing I-V Tracer on their 2450.

 

5. Additional Information

 

6. Informational Videos

  • Go to the following pages to watch several informational videos:

https://www.tek.com/keithley-source-measure-units/keithley-smu-2400-series-sourcemeter

https://www.tek.com/keithley-i-v_tracer

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: Mar 5 2020

Enrollment Ends: Apr 8 2020

RoadTesters Selected: May 3 2020

Product Shipped: May 8 2020

RoadTesting Begins: May 15 2020

Reminder/Update Email: June 15 2020*

Submit Reviews By: July 15 2020*

 

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, rscasny, as soon as possible before the deadline.

RoadTesters

waleedelmughrabi

lui_gough

neuromodulator

Terms and Conditions

RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the Keithley 2450 SMU with I-V Tracer Software contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment or component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

 

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

 

Keithley 2450 SMU with I-V Tracer Software

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on Apr 8 2020

Announcement of Winner (estimated): Apr 13 2020

 

Prize: TKeithley 2450 SMU with I-V Tracer Software

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site: https://www.element14.com/community/groups/roadtest?ICID=menubar_resources_roadtest

Site or element14 Community: www.element14.com/community

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on element14.com;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.

3.7

4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

U.S. Tax  ResponsibilityFor U.S. taxpayers, an official roadtester will be required to complete a W-9 form prior to element14 shipping you the unit. Taxpayers from other countries need to follow the tax code in their resident countries. (See 3.6 of Terms and Conditions).

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