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Software Upgrade For S530 Parametric Test System

Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, introduced today the latest upgrades to its popular S530 Parametric Test Systems, the semiconductor industry’s most cost-effective solution for high-speed production parametric test.

These enhancements demonstrate Keithley’s ongoing commitment to S530 user needs for system serviceability, measurement confidence, and a low overall cost of ownership, as well as Keithley’s commitment to parametric test in general. For more information, visit

S530 Diagnostics and System Verification Tool
This new GUI-driven tool expands diagnostic coverage for all system instrumentation and matrix pathways, providing greater confidence in the health of the system. Additionally, users can run the system verification tool to ensure the S530 is within its published system specifications. The diagnostic and system verification tool generates comprehensive results files, making it easier to share information with Keithley field service personnel or monitor trends in system health. Overall, the new tool improves the user’s experience with the S530, while driving down total cost of ownership.

Expanded Measurement Capabilities
The upgrade includes a variety of new measurement capabilities and added flexibility to the Keithley Test Environment (KTE). The commands used in the KTE linear parametric test library (LPTLIB) and parametric test library (PARLIB) build on the advantages of Keithley’s three decades of field experience in parametric test code development. S530 Parametric Test Systems running the new KTE V5.5 can address all of the I-V and C-V measurements required in process control monitoring, process reliability monitoring, and device characterization.

S530 Applications
S530 systems are optimized for use in production parametric test environments that must accommodate a broad mix of products or wherever wide application flexibility and fast test plan development are critical. In addition to the 200V system configuration that is typically used for standard CMOS, bipolar, MEMS, and other relatively low voltage semiconductor processes, Keithley developed a 1kV version optimized for the difficult breakdown and leakage tests that GaN, SiC, and Si LDMOS power devices demand. To accommodate this expansion of the system’s range of applications, Keithley has also developed a taller system cabinet designed to house additional instrumentation and simplify overall system maintenance


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