Built-In Processor Makes Source-Measure Units Speedsters

May 12, 2005
The Series 2600 system sourcemeter instruments are modular, scalable devices for building automatic test equipment (ATE) systems and making precision dc, pulse, and low-frequency ac source-measure tests. Developed by Keithley Instruments, the series

The Series 2600 system sourcemeter instruments are modular, scalable devices for building automatic test equipment (ATE) systems and making precision dc, pulse, and low-frequency ac source-measure tests. Developed by Keithley Instruments, the series consists of the one-channel Model 2601 and the two-channel Model 2602.

These instruments perform up to 12,600 readings/s. In high-resolution mode, they make 24-bit measurements. The source of this speed is Keithley's embedded Test Script Processor (TSP), which lets users program a sequence of test commands and execute these high-speed sequences independently of a PC operating system. Both units feature 16-Mbyte nonvolatile memories that store up to 100,000 readings or 50,000 lines of programming code.

The included development software, Test Script Builder, has a graphical user interface to simplify the development, modification, and debugging of TSP programs. Users can quickly modify an included suite of prewritten TSP programs for specific applications. Meanwhile, the TSP-Link technology acts as a trigger synchronization and interunit communication bus for seamless control of up to 16 channels without hubs or bulky cables. With very little network overhead and a 100-Mbit/s data rate, it's faster than GPIB and 100BaseT Ethernet in real-world applications.

The Model 2601 costs $5495, and the Model 2602 costs $7995. Units are shipped two weeks after receipt of the order.

Keithley Instruments Inc. www.keithley.com

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