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TRADE NEWS: Keysight Technologies Announces Best-in-Class Femto/Picoammeters and Electrometers for Research and Development of New Materials

September 2, 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Keysight Technologies, Inc. today introduced the B2980A Series of femto/picoammeters and electrometers, the world’s first graphical picoammeters and electrometers to confidently measure down to 0.01 fA which is 0.01 x 10-15 A, and up to 10 petaohms (PO) which is 10 x 1015 ohms.

In recent years, research and development into new materials, such as nanomaterial, graphene, polymers and dielectric material, has increased significantly. While such materials are expected to be enablers for a wide-range of new applications, working with these new materials requires highly sensitive electronic measurement. However, making those measurements with a high degree of confidence is challenging. With its ability to make highly sensitive, low-current and high-resistance measurements, the B2980A Series is well suited to address this challenge.

The B2980A Series meters offers best-in-class performance, with a 2 pA to 20 mA operating range and an internal 1000 V source, as well as a host of innovative capabilities designed to optimize measurement confidence.

  • A battery operation mode that eliminates the effect of any AC power noise on measurements and enables detection of previously hidden signals.
  • A time-domain view that makes it easy to capture transient signal effects as well as select the desired measurement data.
  • A real-time histogram display capability for quick statistical analysis of measurement data – a capability previously only available on an external PC. Because the display is continuously updated on a real-time basis, users can quickly debug their measurement environment and setup. This eliminates any ambiguity between the measurement environment and setup and the measurement data.
  • A Test Setup Integrity function and dedicated accessories designed to ensure maximum measurement accuracy. In sensitive measurement applications, setting up the appropriate cabling and equipment connections can be quite difficult. Conventional picoammeters and electrometers fail to address issues related to test setup, such as external cabling. With the B2980A Series’ optional setup integrity checker function, users can now more easily isolate causes of noise.

    “Evaluating new materials or characterizing advanced devices often requires highly sensitive electronic measurements,” said Masaki Yamamoto, general manager of Keysight’s Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. “Engineers and researchers performing such sensitive measurements demand greater confidence in their measurement results. Our new B2980A Series femto/picoammeters and electrometers, with its best-in-class measurement performance and innovative functionalities, means engineers and researchers can trust their test results and improve their development speeds.”

    U.S. Pricing and Availability

    Keysight’s B2980A Series of femto/picoammeters and electrometers is now available with pricing starting at $6,200.

    More information on the B2980A Series is available at www.keysight.com/find/b2980a. Images of the new femto/picoammeters and electrometers are available at www.keysight.com/find/b2980a_images. A backgrounder on the B2980A Series is available at www.keysight.com/find/B2980A_backgrounder.

    About Keysight Technologies

    On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent Technologies announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company, Keysight Technologies, began operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent on Aug. 1, 2014 with a full separation anticipated in early November 2014. Keysight is expected to trade on the NYSE under the symbol KEYS.

    Keysight is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovation in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight provides electronic measurement instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and services used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. Information about Keysight is available at www.keysight.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, information regarding Keysight’s separation of the electronic measurement business and its Board of Directors. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Keysight’s results to differ materially from management’s current expectations.

    In addition, other risks that Keysight faces include those detailed in Keysight’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10, and amendments thereto. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Keysight’s management and on currently available information. Keysight undertakes no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: Further technology, corporate citizenship and executive news is available at www.keysight.com/go/news.



    Keysight Technologies, Inc.

    Janet Smith, +1 970-679-5397 (Americas)

    janet_smith@keysight.com

    Twitter: @KeysightJSmith

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    Sarah Calnan, +44 (118) 927 5101 (Europe)

    sarah_calnan@keysight.com

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    Connie Wong, +852 3197-7818 (Asia)

    connie-ky_wong@keysight.com

    Source: Keysight Technologies, Inc.


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