15 September 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio–Sometimes innovation means just thinking about something differently.
Engineers spend their days in front of their computers. So do test and measurement devices need to emulate PCs in every respect? Keithley Instruments didn’t think so.
Keithley, in the spring, took its 2600 family of source meters to a different level, introducing the Model 2651A High Power System SourceMeter instrument. It’s targeted at high-power applications and offers a wide current range, key for one of its target markets, R&D.
The twist was the display: There isn’t much of one.
“We took the entire application and embedded it inside the instrument,” said Mark Hoersten, Keithley marketing vice president. “A user plugs in his LXI, types in address-of-instrument and up comes the software app, running inside the instrument.”
The device can source or sink up to 2,000W of pulsed power or 200W of DC power, and it can make precise measurements of signals as low as 1pA and 100 microvolts at speeds up to one microsecond per reading.
Check out the online tour of the 2651A, and listen to Hoersten describe it when we visited Keithley in August: