MULTI CHANNEL SOURCE MEASURE UNIT GS820

The GS820 is equipped with two analog channels with each channel consisting of a constant voltage source VS, a constant current source IS, a voltmeter VM, and an ammeter IM. The two source measure channels are isolated.

USB storage Application Examples 
  • DC voltage/current reference, pulse voltage/current source
  • V-I curve trace, semiconductor parametric test
  • Programmable arbitrary waveform generation
  • Electric load, resistance measurement
  • Production test

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Four-quadrant operation consisting of source operation (current source) and sink operation (current sink) is available with ranges up to 7 V and 3.2 A or 18 V and 1.2 A. The output and measurement resolutions are 5.5 digits. Other features include:

  • Isolated 2-channel source and measurement function
  • Source and measurement ranges: 7 V and 3.2 A or 18 V and 1.2 A
  • Minute current ranges with 200-nA or 1-pA resolution
  • Generate arbitrary waveforms consisting of up to 100,000 points at 100-μs intervals
  • Channel expansion through master-slave synchronization link
  • Fast test speeds
  • 16-bit digital I/O (model 765602)
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2-channel display example
(256 x 64 dot matrix display)

Source and Measurement Range

Four-quadrant operation consisting of source operation (current source) and sink operation (current sink) is available with ranges up to 7 V and 3.2 A or 18 V and 1.2 A. The output and measurement resolutions are 5.5 digits.


  • Voltage ranges:     
    • 200 mV, 2 V, 7 V, and 18 V
  • Maximum output current:    
    •  ±3.2 A (at an output voltage of ±7 V or less) ±1.2 A (at an output voltage of ±18 V or less)
  • Current ranges:     
    • 200 nA, 2 µA, 20 µA, 200 µA, 2 mA, 20 mA, 200 mA, 1 A, and 3 A
  • Maximum output voltage:
    • ±18 V (at an output current of ±1.2 A or less) ±7 V (at an output current of ±3.2 A or less)
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GS820 Construction and Functions

The GS820 is equipped with two analog channels with each channel consisting of a constant voltage source VS, a constant current source IS, a voltmeter VM, and an ammeter IM.
The two source measure channels are isolated.

Source and Measurement Functions
  • Voltage source and current measurement (VS & IM)
  • Current source and voltage measurement (IS & VM)
  • Voltage source (VS)
  • Current source (IS)
  • Voltmeter (VM)
  • Ammeter (IM)
  • Resistance meter (IS&VM)
These functions can be selected for each channel to form an arbitrary combination of functions.
Allows voltage sensing of a two-wire system or four-wire system by switching between local sense and remote sense.
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Combination of Source and Measurement Functions

The combination of the source and measurement functions of two channels allows the testing of various DUTs.
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Source and Measurement Timing

Basic Source Measurement Timing

The GS820 performs generation and measurement using its internal timer or a trigger input such as an external input signal. When a trigger signal is received, the GS820 starts generating a signal after the source delay time elapses and carries out a measurement after the measure delay time elapses over a given integration time. The measurement integration time can be set in the range of 0.001 PLC to 25 PLC.*² Additionally, the GS820 provides an auto zero measurement function, which measures the internal zero reference after the measurement and performs offset correction in real-time. The integration time of the auto zero measurement is equal to the measurement integration time setting.


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Timing Settings Using Various Trigger Sources

The GS820 allows the generation trigger source and measurement trigger source to be set separately. There are two types of constant period timers and an external signal input that can be used for the generation trigger source. In addition to these sources, source change point and sweep end point can be used for the measurement trigger source. Because the source trigger and measurement trigger can be set separately and also separately for each channel, source and measurement under various connection conditions and timing combinations can be accommodated. There is also an auxiliary trigger that can be activated using an external signal or a program event. The source delay, measure delay, and integration time can be set separately for each channel.

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Asynchronous Operation of Source and Measure

The various trigger sources available on the GS820 allow the source and measurement to be executed asynchronously. The fi gure below shows an example in which separate timers are used for the source and measurement to achieve multiple measurements in a source cycle.

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Sweep Function 1

Preset SweepThe voltage/current generation block of the GS820 operates in DC generation mode or pulse generation mode. Each generation mode has preset operation modes such as continuous output, linear sweep, and log sweep that allow the user to perform sweep operations by setting simple parameters. The output level can be changed at a minimum of 100-µs intervals*¹ in each sweep mode.


*1: Minimum program cycle

100 µs: If the measurement function is OFF
500 µs: If the measurement function is ON, two channels are used, and auto zero is OFF


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Sweep Function 2

Arbitrary Waveform Generation of Up to 100,000 Points and Simultaneous Sweeping of Control Parameters
In addition to the preset sweep functions described above, the GS820 is equipped with a programmable sweep function that allows the user to defi ne the sweep pattern. A user can create or edit arbitrary waveform data (CSV format) of up to 100,000 points using a spreadsheet or text editor. The GS820 is also of capable of sweeping the timing and control parameters in addition to the source level. This allows a control sequence that is synchronized to the waveform generation timing. The sweep program can be changed at a minimum of 100-µs intervals*¹ in programmable sweep mode.


*1: Minimum program cycle

100 µs: If the measurement function is OFF
500 µs: If the measurement function is ON, two channels are used, and auto zero is OFF
The values do not include the hardware operation time corresponding to the control parameters.

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Test Sequence Editing

(Application to Auto Testing Equipment)

The GS820 allows the editing of test sequences suitable for auto testing on the production lines. A user can write program fi le parameters that are vital to auto testing such as the source value, measured value, high limit for comparison, low limit for comparison, comparison result, control bit output, etc. Because the program fi le is in CSV format, a popular spreadsheet application can be used to edit and view the program.

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Test Speed

Improvement in the Takt Time in the Production Line TestThe GS820 provides fast operation for production line tests. The measured results of test speeds (reference data) are indicated below.

Measured values of test speeds (reference data)*¹


Task Operation Time Command Used Conditions
Change the source level
(1 channel)
423 µs
 :chan1:sour:lev +15.0000 Measurement function OFF
source range fixed to 18 V.
Change the source level
(2 channels) 
910 µs
:chan1:sour:lev +15.0000;
:chan2:sour:lev -0.12500 
Same as above
Change the range
and source level
978µs
:chan1:sour:rang 18V;
lev +15.0000 
Measurement function OFF
Change the limiter
and source level 
1,048µs
:chan1:sour:lev +15.0000;
prot:lev 200µA 
Measurement function OFF,
source range fixed to 18 V.
Switch the source
function 
457µs
:chan1:sour:func volt 
Measure (1 channel)  613µs
:chan1:meas?   Integration time 0.001 PLC,
auto zero OFF, and external
trigger OFF.
Measure (2 channels
simultanesoully) 
820µs
:meas? dual Same as above
Change the source level
and measure (1 channel) 
985µs
:chan1:sour:lev +15.0000;
:chan1:meas? 
Same as above, source
range fixed to 18 V.
Change the source level
and measure (2 channels) 
1,686µs :chan1:sour:lev +15.0000; :
chan2:sour:lev -
0.12500;meas? dual; 
Same as above 

*1: Measurement environment
Core 2 Duo processor 2.33 GHz, USB2.0, using LabView

Channel Expansion

Expansion up to 10 Channels Using the Master-Slave Operation

Multiple GS820s can be connected as shown below and used as a multi-channel source measure unit. The master-slave feature allows the program data of all connected channels to be set and collected by simply accessing the master unit. The master unit (1) distributes the source data to the slave units or (2) collects and merges the measured data of all slave units. Complete synchronization of all channels can be achieved by connecting the exclusive trigger signal line.

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Zero Generation Function of Voltage and Current

Fast Load Disconnection without Chattering

The zero generation function of the GS820 generates zero voltage or current as well as controls the current/voltage limiter to limit the load current. The GS820 stops applying the voltage or supplying the current to the load in the zero generation state allowing the DUT to be disconnected with the output relay turned ON. This function avoids the problems of chattering and contact life of the output relay and reduces the time for turning ON/OFF the output.

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Model Description
765602 GS820 Multi Channel Source Measure Unit Digital I/O Installed Model
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