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   KEITHLEY 238   Description / Specification:    
KEITHLEY 238 High-Current Source-Measure Unit

The Keithley 238 Source-Measure Unit (SMU) is a fully programmable instrument, capable of sourcing and measuring voltage or current simultaneously. It is really four instruments in one: voltage source, current source, voltage measure and current measure. The Keithley 238 offers a decade enhancement in current source and measure (IA). In this higher current range, voltage source and measure is 15 V maximum. It will measure very small currents and voltages. With current sensitivity of 10 fA, measurement capabilities are equal to those of an electrometer. Selectable integration and the filtering of multiple measurements enhances sensitivity for demanding applications. Both source voltages and source currents settle to specified accuracy in as little as 500 µs. Programmable delay and fast, integrating measurement capability can provide coordinated source-measure times of 1 ms. Specifications. Voltage Source range: ±1.5000 V (step 100 µV), ±15.000 V (step 1 mV), ±110.00 V (step 10 mV). Voltage Measure range: ±1.5000 V (resolution 10 µV), ±15.000 V (resolution 100 µV), ±110.00 V (resolution 1 mV). Current Source minimum range: ±1.0000 nA (step 100 fA). Current Source maximum range: ±1.0000 A (step 100 µA). Current Measure minimum range: ±1.0000 nA (resolution 10 fA). Current Measure maximum range: ±1.0000 A (resolution 10 µA). Wideband Noise: 0.1 to 20M Hz, 8 mV p-p typical. Overshoot: <0.01 % (100 V step, 10 mA range). Settling Time: <500 µs to 0.01 % (110 V step, 10 mA range). Remote Sense: Corrects for up to 2V drop in each output lead. Maximum 1 k-ohm per sense lead for rated accuracy. Residual output resistance (as a voltage source) is 0.5 ohm.


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*This is a Web introductory price for one calibration of the KEITHLEY 238. Price does not in most cases include measurement performance data. Pricing does include NIST traceable calibration and issue of a calibration certificate and calibration label. Pricing may vary slightly due to volume and location of laboratory supporting calibration. Volume pricing may apply. On-site fees may apply depending on logistics, location and volume of work to be completed during the visit.

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Average Power
Average power means that the energy transfer rate is to be averaged over many periods of the lowest frequency involved. For a CW signal, the lowest frequency and highest frequency are the same, so average power and power are the same. For an amplitude modulated wave, the power must be averaged over many periods of the modulation component of the signal as well.

Dynamic range
Dynamic range the ratio of a specified maximum level of a parameter, such as power, current, voltage or frequency, to the minimum detectable value of that parameter.

Modulation is the process by which the characteristic of one wave (the carrier) is modified by another.

Repeatability is the variation in a number of repeated measured quantities when measurement conditions are changed and restored. The value corresponds to half the spread between the minimum and maximum value measured.

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