Keithley’s I-V curve tracer software leverages the unique touchscreen interface of the graphical 2400 Series SourceMeter® Source Measure Unit (SMU) instruments to recreate the familiar user experience of an I-V curve tracer for two-terminal devices. Adding the I-V curve tracer software to your SourceMeter instrument gives you a dedicated user interface for tracing the characteristics of your devices through both current and voltage. With a range of compatible instruments, I-V Tracer can utilize the full capabilities of each source measure unit, including the dual high-speed digitizers of the 2461 to perform tracing with AC polarity and pulsed DC, in addition to standard DC polarity.

Though I-V Tracer will allow engineers to perform failure analysis and parametric characterization of diodes, more advanced I-V curve tracer configurations are required to test MOSFETS, IGBTs, and other high-power devices.