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Switching/DMM test solutions control up to 576 channels

Posted: 18 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:switching solutions? DMM channels? test solutions?

Keithley Instruments Inc. has introduced the Series 3700 system switch/multimeter and plug-in card family. Touted as the company's next-generation platform of switching and integrated digital multimeter (DMM) test solutions, Series 3700 offers instrument-grade switching for a wide variety of applications including high-channel count applications with its capability to control up to 576 multiplexer channels in a six-slot, 2U form factor.

The Series 3700 system switch/multimeter solutions offer switching and multichannel measurements that are optimized for automated testing of electronic products and components. With the plug-in switch and control cards, Series 3700 is suitable for either a functional test system or in standalone DAQ and measurement applications for production and functional testing of electronic products and devices particularly multichannel I-V testing and accelerated stress tests.

The Series 3700 is available with four mainframe options for added flexibility that include a mainframe without the integrated DMM as well as one without a front-panel display and keypad. The base Model 3706 features an integrated 7 1/2-digit high-performance DMM that supports 13 built-in measurement functions. Measurement ranges are expanded to include a 1 low-resistance range and a 0 ?A low-current range.

Keithley said the Series 3700 is the first LXI Class B compliant system switch on the market. It includes a 10/100M Base-T Ethernet connection, LAN-based instrument triggering, and precision time protocol (PTP) synchronization. PTP synchronization, a unique feature not available on LXI Class C-compliant instruments, allows multiple Class B-enabled instruments to be time synchronized for consistent time stamping and event coordination. An interactive graphical Web server gives users an easy method to operate, troubleshoot, and learn how to use the instrument. The Series 3700 also offers additional programming interfaces including USB and GPIB interfaces.

The Series 3700 also includes six optional high-density and general-purpose plug-in cardsModels 3720, 3721, 3722, 2723, 3730 and 3740that accommodate a range of signals and topologies including multiplexer, matrix, and isolated switch functions.

Pricing for Series 3700 system switch mainframe starts at $1,790. Plug-in cards start at $925.

Availability is approximately six weeks ARO.

- Gina Roos

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