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23 October 2014

Keithley provides full wafer-level support including high-voltage CV testing for parametric curve tracer configurations

Electrical test instrument and system provider Keithley Instruments Inc of Cleveland, OH, USA has introduced new enhancements to its parametric curve tracer (PTC) configurations that incorporate high-power SourceMeter source measure unit (SMU) instruments.

For test engineers responsible for configuring high-power semiconductor test systems, the new Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel improves connectivity and simplifies complex measurements like high-voltage capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements. The Model 8020 reduces set-up times, minimizes opportunities for connection errors, improves operator and test hardware protection, and increases users’ confidence in the accuracy of their results, says the firm.

Keithley’s Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel. Picture: Keithley’s Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel.

Characterizing high-power devices such as power MOSFETs, IGBTs and diodes involves several different types of measurements: on-state (high-current current-voltage), off-state (high-voltage current-voltage) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) at high bias voltages. However, each measurement requires the use of different instrumentation, cabling, connectors, and probes (for wafer-level testing) or test fixtures (for packaged device testing).

In the past, no standardized solutions for combining high-power instruments, interconnects and probers/test fixtures suitable for all three test types in the same test station were commercially available, says Keithley. When changing from one measurement type to another, high-power test system users once had to change the type of cables used manually, as well as critical hardware in the signal path between the device-under-test and the test instrumentation. High-voltage C-V testing was particularly complicated because no standard or reliable measurement setups and methods were established. Test engineers often had to develop their own connection solutions through trial and error, which is not only expensive and time-consuming but can create an unsafe work environment, given the high outputs involved in testing power devices.

Keithley says that the configurable Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel allows test engineers to select the options that match their system’s probe station, positioners or fixture. It also improves safety for both users and any low-power SMU instruments in the system, simplifies incorporating different combinations of instruments, as well as taking the confusion out of adding elements like series resistors and bias tees to the signal path, claims the firm.

The Model 8020 simplifies changing from one measurement type to the next by allowing test engineers to connect all measurement instruments to it at once, making further connection changes unnecessary, Keithley adds. When configured with optional C-V bias tees on the system’s 3kV and 200V channels, the Model 8020 acts as a high-performance I-V/C-V switch, allowing users to perform both I-V and C-V testing without re-cabling.

The Model 8020 provides input connections for Model 2657A (3kV) and 2651A (50A) high-power SourceMeter SMU instruments, Model 2636B and 2612B SourceMeter SMU instruments, and the Model PCT-CVU multi-frequency C-V meter. Various user-configurable output connectors are available to accommodate almost any probe station.

The Model PCT-CVU, which supports C-V measurements from 10kHz to 2MHz, can be used to upgrade any Keithley PCT configuration to include 2- and 3-terminal capacitance measurements. It is designed for use with the new Model CVU-200-KIT bias tee kit to extend the voltage bias to 200V or the Model CVU-3K-KIT bias tee kit to extend it to 3kV to support both AC and DC testing in the Model 8010 or other high-power test fixtures.

The latest version (V 2.1) of Keithley’s ACS Basic Edition Component Test Software expands the package’s support for I-V and C-V measurements on devices like power MOSFETS, IGBTs and diodes. It complements the C‑V measurements that the Model 8020 and new bias tee kits make possible.

The Model 8020 High Power Interface Panel and other parametric curve tracer system enhancements are configurable products. Pricing depends on the specific configuration selected.

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