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How to configure the Model 6220/6221 and 2182A for Delta Mode?
The Keithley Models 6220 and 6221 Current Sources are designed to work with the Model 2182A Nanovoltmeter to measure very low resistances. A good method of doing this is called the Delta Method as described in the Keithley Low Level Measurements Handbook …

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Why do I measure a different value between channel 1 and channel 2 on my 2182A?
When measuring the same voltage source, if you notice a difference in reported voltage between channel 1 and channel 2 of your nanovoltmeter, you might be seeing the effects of pumpout current. This effect is significant when measuring voltages <1V and the …

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SourceMeter or Source Measure Unit (SMU)?
A Source Measure Unit, shortened to SMU, is a particular class of instrument. Think of this phrase on the same level as oscilloscope or digital multimeter. They might also be known as source monitor units, source-measurement units, or other phrases that …

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KickStart Power Supply FAQs
What power supplies are supported in the power supply app? The app supports the Keithley 2280S-32-6 and 22380S-60-3 Precision Measurement DC Power Supplies and the 2281S-20-6 as a power supply only; the Series 222x and 223x DC power …

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How do you find the transconductance of a MOSFET?
Transconductance is a key test for validating the MOSFET performance in power electronics designs. It ensures that a MOSFET is functioning properly and helps engineers choose the best one when voltage gain is a key spec for their circuit designs. This, in …

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How do I recover my Windows system image on a 5 or 6 Series MSO?
The procedure for recovering a Windows system image on a 5 or 6 Series MSO is outlined in the section labeled “Restoring a Windows SSD” in the “Option SUP5-WIN, SUP6-WIN, SUP6B-WIN, SUP6B-LNX Upgrade Kit Installation Instructions”. This document can be …

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What is the difference between TekScope PC Analysis Software and TekScope Anywhere?
These two software products perform waveform analysis on a Windows PC.  They have similar names, but “TekScope” is a current product, while “TekScope Anywhere” is no longer available for sale. For current information on TekScope PC Analysis Software …

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What is Spectrum Analyzer Software Used for?
Spectrum analyzer software allows a user to analyze the electrical signals created by a sensor or device. In some cases, spectrum analyzer software can refer to software that displays the spectral content of audio signals. However, in radio frequency (RF) …

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What is a DMM?
Though DMM stands for a lot of things, including “don’t message me,” and a popular brand of climbing gear, the most common meaning of DMM is digital multimeter. A DMM is a standard test and measurement instrument used by electrical engineers and …

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