Nothing compares to a curvetracer when power, versatil-ity, and ease of use are needed to test the DC charac-teristics of semiconductordevices. The Sony/Tektronix370A and 371A curve tracerscombine a simple-to-usefront panel, digital acquisi-tion and display, and pro-grammability to serve manyapplication needs. The 370-series digital curve tracersoffer several advantages overanalog curve tracers:
•Higher voltage and currentsourcing capability (up to3000 V and 400 A)
•Higher resolution voltageand current measurements(down to 1 pA and 50 µV)
•View a family of curveswithout flicker
•Display a reference curveto measure variations dueto temperature, etc.
•Voltage, current, DC beta,and slope measurementwith built-in cursor mea-surements
•Store curves and setups forconsistent tests and mea-surements based on refer-ence curves
•Full-color printouts usingan HPGL plotter instead ofexpensive Polaroids
•Automate tests with com-puter and software (e.g.,Metrics, LabView, etc.)
The 370A high-resolutioncurve tracer performs DCparametric characterizationof transistors, thyristors,diodes, SCRs, MOSFETs,opto-electronic components,solar cells, solid-state dis-plays, and other semiconduc-tor devices. The 370A is aversatile workhorse in manylabs and production stationswith up to 20A/2000Vsourcing capability com-bined with 1pA and 50Vmeasurement resolution. Ithas pushbutton source andmeasurement configurationso it’s easy to change fromone test to the next.