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2-Port Analyzers on a Chip? Part 2: SMU Integration Challenges

Dennis Feucht
7/1/2014 9:58:17 AM
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TPA integration
"An obvious limitation in integrating a two-port or transistor parameter analyzer (TPA) is that historically curve tracers have been used to test power transistors and they can require a large amount of pulsed power to be adequately tested. Their breakdown voltages range to over 1 kV and currents to over 200 A. This is too much to expect from a single IC, yet it is not necessary for much TPA testing. Most devices are low in power, with voltages and currents that can be accommodated on-chip."


Moreover many integrated devices have been recently developed to work at high power, this can help to integrate a TPA or at least to build a integrated system that can manage a sufficient amount of power.

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