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|Agilent Technologies introduces 10-nanosecond ultra-short pulsed IV parametric test solution for R&D|
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a parametric test solution for laboratory and R&D environments that provides ultra-short pulsed IV measurements as narrow as 10 nanoseconds. This capability makes possible extremely accurate testing of thermally or charge-sensitive devices such as silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and high-k dielectric transistors used in high-speed logic applications.
Agilent will showcase its ultra-short pulsed IV solution at the Agilent Measurement Forum, June 6-9, in Shinagawa, Japan. It includes the B1500A Semiconductor Device Analyzer, an Agilent pulse generator, an Agilent digital oscilloscope, new application software and pulsed IV accessories.
"Agilent is providing an exceptionally powerful and precise pulsed IV solution for R&D," said Minoru Ebihara, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. "This technology is based on the pulsed IV solution available for the Agilent 4075 and 4076 parametric test systems, which is already running at numerous production sites. We have achieved remarkable pulse width and Id measurement resolution all in an easy-to-use, single-vendor solution that requires absolutely no programming."
Agilent's parametric test solution has achieved levels of performance and flexibility previously unavailable. Until today, the pulsed IV measurement capability of R&D test systems has been limited to pulse widths insufficient to prevent harmful thermal effects in many modern semiconductor devices. Key benefits and differentiators of Agilent's solution include:
* support for ultra-short pulsed IV measurements down to true-square, 10-nanosecond pulse widths with two-nanosecond rise and fall times;
* 1-microamp current resolution for correlation between dc and pulse measurements;
* support for switching between standard dc characterization and pulsed IV characterization without having to change cables; and
* a flexible configuration that allows customers to use existing equipment, making initial cost of entry low.
Agilent EasyEXPERT 2.0 Simplifies Pulsed IV Measurement
Agilent EasyEXPERT 2.0, which is included with the Agilent B1500A and is also available in a desktop version, makes it easy for even neophyte users to make productive pulsed IV measurements. In this software, Agilent's pulsed IV solution appears as a new library category. Once this category is selected, the user can choose from a variety of pulsed IV application tests.
After selecting a pulsed IV application test, an intuitive GUI-based test setup window displays a complete schematic of the test equipment, making it easy to connect the components correctly. Following a straightforward "fill-in-the-blanks" process, the user clicks the "measure" button and begins making pulsed IV measurements. A graph and list of the data are generated automatically, and the user can export the data into a variety of data-analysis tools such as Microsoft Excel.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent's pulsed IV solution is available for purchase today, with shipments anticipated in the third quarter. Pricing for the ultra-short pulsed IV package, (software and pulsed IV accessories only), starts at $12,000. Agilent offers packages to meet virtually any R&D need. Pricing on other configurations varies depending upon the number of components required, such as oscilloscope, pulse generator, software and accessories, and whether or not the customer requires dc-to-pulsed IV switching capabilities.
Viernes, 09 Junio, 2006 - 08:44