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Design Rule Checking (DRC)

DRC service is available at no cost to students and researchers holding a valid Subscription, working on non-commercial designs for research or educational purposes. Go to Design Rule Check (DRC) service.

Synopsys Technology CAD Tools

Synopsys provides a comprehensive portfolio of Technology CAD tools. Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulations to develop and optimise micro- and nanotechnology processing steps and the resulting devices. These TCAD tools support a broad range of applications, such as CMOS, power electronics, memory, image sensors, solar cells, and analog/RF devices. …

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Comsol Modules

COMSOL – Subsurface Flow ModuleThe Subsurface Flow Module is for engineers and scientists who want to simulate fluid flow below ground or in other porous media and also connect this flow with other phenomena, such as poroelasticity, heat transfer, chemistry, and electromagnetic fields. COMSOL – Ray Optics ModuleSoftware for Ray Tracing Simulations in Optically Large …

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Picosecond Pulse Lab 5541A Bias Tee (80 kHz – 26 GHz)

The Picosecond 5541A broadband Bias Tee is used to couple a DC signal onto an RF signal between 80 kHz and 26 GHz. It accepts a maximum of 50 VDC and 100 mA DC current. The bias tee is composed of three ports: RF, DC, and RF + DC. The RF port passes an RF signal but blocks DC, while the DC port does the opposite. The RF + DC port passes both RF and DC, i.e. the coupled signal.

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Keithley 2400 SourceMeter

The Keithley 2400 SourceMeter is designed for applications that rely on both precision sourcing and measuring. The device combines a 20 W, four-quadrant (source and sink) IV source with an IVR digital multimeter. The Keithley 2400 can perform linear, logarithmic, and custom sweeps for single-event or continuous operation. With 1pA current and 100nV voltage measurement resolutions, the Keithley 2400 is well-equipped for basic SMU test applications.

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Agilent DSAX91604A Infiniium Real-Time Oscilloscope: 16 GHz

The Agilent DSAX91604A is a 16 GHz real time oscilloscope with 4 analog channels. 256-level intensity-grading emphasizes signal anomalies by lightly-shading infrequent waveforms. Agilent DSA oscilloscopes come with 50 Mpts memory and built-in software (EZJIT, EZJIT Plus, EZJIT Complete, and Serial Data Analysis). The three EZJIT software packages provide jitter analysis capabilities and jitter measurement floor of 100 fs. The equipped Infiniiscan option enables triggering on unique events such as zones on multiple channels and non-monotonic edges.

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Stanford Research SR720 LCR Meter

The SR720 LCR Meter measures major (L, C, R) as well as minor (Q, D, R) parameters of passive components with 0.05 % accuracy. The meter can perform measurements at five fixed test frequencies ranging from 0.1 to 100 kHz and adjustable amplitudes from 0.1 to 1.0 Vrms. The device accepts up to 40 Vdc external biasing if the built-in 2 Vdc is insufficient for a measurement. Included in this rental package is an SR728 BNC adapter for connecting remote fixtures and other equipment. Three binning schemes (pass/fail, overlapping, and sequential) are useful for ensuring that groups of components have the same parameter values that are listed on their specification sheet within a programmable error. Computer control is enabled through an RS-232 or GPIB connection.

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Toptica DL Pro 850 Tunable Laser

CMC Microsystem’s Toptica DL Pro Laser offers 30 to 50 GHz mode-hop free tuning and alignment free operation. The laser is equipped with a Toptica FiberDock for FC/APC connections. A mainframe is included with modules for diode laser control, current control, temperature control, and high-voltage scanning.

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Agilent U2002A USB Average Power Sensor

The Agilent U2002A Average Power Sense offers power analysis up to 24 GHz and outputs from a USB connection. The U2002A is equipped with internal zeroing, preventing the user from having to power-off the DUT or disconnect the sensor between measurements. Calibration, temperature, and linearity correction data has been pre-entered on an internal EEPROM. Triggering can be derived internally from an RF signal or controlled externally via TTL input. The sensor can be rented alone or, if being used for source power calibration, with one of three Keysight PNA network analyzers also available from CMC’s Equipment Rental Program.

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Tektronix TDS3052B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

The Tektronix TDS3052B DPO (Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope) has a 5 GS/s sample rate across a 500 MHz bandwidth. The Intensity Grading feature darkens and thickens lines representing signals that have been continuously captured. In addition, the “WaveAlert” feature detects signal anomalies and can notify users by stopping acquisitions, beeping, or saving waveforms. This allows tests to run unmonitored over long periods of time. CMC’s TDS3052B has been equipped with TDS3TRG Advanced Trigger, TDS3FFT FFT, and TDS3AAM Advanced Analysis modules.

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Tektronix P7504 TriMode Probe

Tektronix’s TriMode Probes can perform differential, single-ended and common mode measurements with a single probe. The P7504 operates over 4 GHz bandwidth and uses a TekConnect interface which is specific to Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000 and TDS6000B/C oscilloscopes. CMC rents 2 Tektronix DPO73304SX 33 GHz Real-Time Oscilloscopes. The P7504 TriMode Probe can be bundled with this oscilloscope if additional probes to the recommended P7633 33 GHz TriMode Probe are required for your testing. Included in the P7504 Probe Kit is a TriMode Accessory Kit with solder tips, solder, wire, adhesive strips, and marker bands.

CMC partners with Advanced Micro Foundry to accelerate photonics R&D

June 5, 2018 CMC Microsystems and Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), a Singapore-based manufacturer of silicon photonics integrated circuits, are partnering to develop a new design automation platform for silicon photonics that will let Canadian university researchers take the lead in developing innovations in light-based technologies. Photonics technology encodes data on light, rather than in electrical …

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National Instruments RF PXI-express System including a 6.6 GHZ VSA

The NI RF PXI-express system, available from the CMC Test Equipment Pool, is an 18-slot PXI-express chassis with high-speed controller (Intel quad core, 4 G memory and Dual OS), 6.6 GHz RF Vector Signal Generator, 6.6 GHz RF Vector Signal Analyzer, 6.6 GHz dual 4 X 1 MULTIPLEXER, Xilinx Kintex-7-based FlexRIO FPGA module. This system is an integrated, modular instrument with LabVIEW-based simulation/test environment which enables faster RF test and validation setup and experimental results.

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Zurich Instruments HF2LI Multi-frequency Lock-in Amplifier

The Zurich Instruments HF2LI is a dual-input channel lock-in amplifier that meets a wide range of application needs for test and microsystem prototyping. Not only does the instrument offer high performance, it is capable of simultaneously analyzing incoming signals at up to six frequencies, making it applicable to techniques such as microfluidic-based impedance spectroscopy. The unit is used in combination with a standard Windows controller, through a USB 2.0 high-speed host connection. It includes a flexible graphical user interface and programming interfaces.

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Tektronix MSO2024B Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The MSO2024B offers four 200-MHz analog and 16 digital channels for complex design analysis. The Intensity Grading feature displays uncommon anomalies in lighter tones differentiating them from expected waveforms. The “Wave Inspector” feature is composed of separate zoom and pan knobs to navigate the oscilloscope’s one million point record length. Digital ones and zeros are color coded green and blue respectively to ensure that flat traces are distinguishable. White edges indicate multiple logic transitions, suggesting that using a higher sample rate for the next acquisition will unveil more information. CMC’s MSO2042B Oscilloscope has a DPO2COMP application module installed which enables computer analysis and serial triggering via RS-232/422/485/UART buses. Included is a Tektronix P6316 Digital Probe with 8 pF capacitive loading and 101 kΩ input impedance.

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Tektronix DPO73304SX 33 GHz Real Time Oscilloscope

The Equipment Rental Pool has two complete DPO73304SX oscilloscopes which, if so desired, can be combined into one large oscilloscope (termed the DPO73308SX). Each DPO73304SX scope comes with 50 Ohm K-type TekConnect adapters (compatible with 3.5mm/SMA connectors), and other adapters and probes can be bundled with this loan depending on the user’s requirements. Two ports can be used at 33 GHz or four ports at 23 GHz. Combine the two available oscilloscopes with a multi-sync cable and double the number of available ports to four 33 GHz or eight ports at 23 GHz.

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Tektronix DPO4054B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

The DPO4054B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope is a 500 MHz four-channel instrument capable of recording up to 20 million points. To navigate through recorded data, installed Wave Inspector software provides zoom and panning features. Waveform intensity grading thickens and brightens frequently captured signals and by contrast, emphasizes dark, thin waveforms representing anomalies. The oscilloscope is shipped with a Tektronix P6139A 10x Passive Probe and 4 Tektronix P2221 200 MHz 1x/10x Passive Probes. NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition LE is accessible through a USB connection from a PC to the oscilloscope.

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Tabor 9400 Four-Channel High Voltage Wideband Amplifier

The Tabor 9400 is a general-purpose high voltage amplifier. It has two modes of operation, allowing for versatile measurement applications. The bipolar mode amplifies the input signal and delivers it to the output terminal of the same channel, modifying only its amplitude. The unipolar mode converts the amplifier to a one-input, two-output system.

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Starlight Laser Induced Fluorescence Red Module

Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) is an important analytical technique used in biochemistry. The technique may be used to detect the presence and assess the concentration of many biochemical materials which are selectively tagged with a fluorophore which emits visible radiation under suitable optical excitation. The LIF module offered by CMC consists of a microscope manufactured by Starlight Technical.

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Stanford Research SR620 Universal Time Interval & Frequency Counter

The Stanford Research SR620 is an interval timer and frequency counter capable of measuring signals from 0.001 Hz to 1.3 GHz. The device is equipped with a graphical output that can be displayed on an oscilloscope and interchanged between a histogram, strip chart of mean values, and jitter. Up to one million samples are used to automatically calculate mean, standard deviation, Allan variance, or minimums and maximums. The input impedance is configurable to either 1 MΩ or 50Ω and supports AC or DC coupling. In frequency counter mode, the SR620’s input sensitivity is 60 mV from 1 to 40 MHz. CMC’s SR620 is equipped with Option 01, which uses an ovenized VCXO timebase.

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Ocean Optics USB4000 VIS-NIR Optical Spectrometer

The Ocean Optics USB4000 VIS-NIR ES is a miniature plug-and-play optical spectrometer suitable for laboratory benchtop analysis and characterization of fluidic and gaseous media. This instrument performs automated absorption and transmission testing across a wavelength range extending from visible to near IR wavelengths. It is equipped with a high-power broadband optical source (top left in the photo below) and standard optical fibre-based fixture to focus and collect light into a standard 3-ml sample holder (cuvette system, at bottom right). Its small form factor and standard USB interface make it easy to incorporate into your lab’s characterization set-up. You may use Ocean Optics’ LabView-based software development tools to enhance or adapt the spectrometer’s control and analysis user interface to your own system prototyping needs. The USB4000 is fully compatible with the CMC Microsystems Integration Platform (MIP).

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Mini Circuits High Power Amplifier ZHL-16W-43-S (16 W, 1.8 to 4 GHz)

This amplifier provides up to 16 W saturated output power over more than an octave up to 4 GHz. The amplifier is equipped with an automatic shutdown that is triggered if temperatures exceed +85°C. To avoid damage in the presence of an open or short circuit, the amplifier includes protective internal circuitry. The device is useful for a variety of applications from communications to test and measurement systems.

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Keysight U5855A TrueIR Thermal Imager – for temperature measurement up to 350°C

The U5855A is ideal for predictive maintenance activities, from hot spot detection to thermal profiling. With this thermal imager, you get 320×240 Fine Resolution. Ability to magnify the thermal image of a far‑away object by 4 times to reveal finer details and quickly spot problems. Also, take thermal images of close-fit or minute components from as close as 10 cm away clearly and accurately.

The U5855A also comes with a variety of measurement and analysis tools to help you monitor temperature over time, do min and max temperature tracking and more so that you can easily obtain heat patterns, dissipation and etc. The U5855A comes with a built-in quick start tutorial to help you get familiar with thermal imager quickly.

What’s more, with the complimentary TrueIR Analysis and Reporting Tool, you can easily import, analyze and edit thermal images and quickly generate reports using ready templates. You can also display thermal images, visual images or thermal-visual images side-by-side for further analysis.

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Keysight E4990A Impedance Analyzer – for frequency range 20 Hz to 120 MHz

The E4990A Impedance Analyzer has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 120 MHz. The E4990A provides an industry best 0.045% (typical) basic accuracy over a wide impedance range, with a 40 V built-in DC bias source. The equivalent circuit analysis function supports seven different multi-parameter models and helps you to simulate your own equivalent parameter values of components.
The E4990A supports a wide variety of test accessories that designed to make measurements simple and reliable. Included fixtures are listed below.

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Keysight B2902A Precision Source Measurement Unit

The Keysight B2902A is a two-channel SMU capable of performing precise IV measurements and acting as an arbitrary waveform generator. The GUI offers four views: single channel, dual channel, graph, and roll (I-t or V-t curves). The B2902A supports four-quadrant measurements and standard built-in sweep procedures (linear, logarithmic, single and double sweep functions) DC or pulsed.

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Keysight N9914A FieldFox 6.5 GHz Combination Analyzer (Cable, Antenna, VNA)

The Keysight FieldFox Combination Analyzer can be used with CMC’s Keysight Materials Meaurement Suite and Dielectric Probe Kit to test the permittivity of liquids and semi-solids up to 6.5GHz and using the coaxial probe method. This unit may also be used as a standalone VNA for cable and antenna testing, and comes in a portable, robust, battery operated package & carrying case. The unit’s included options allow for transmission/reflection measurements and time domain measurements. Additional measurement personalities can be added upon request.

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Materials Measurement Suite and Dielectric Probe Kit

This software and hardware bundle automates permittivity and permeability measurements using the coaxial probe method in conjunction with a Keysight network analyzer such as a CMC loanable Keysight FieldFox portable RF Analyzer or the 26GHz Keysight M9375A multiport VNA. The Materials Measurement Suite is used to control the analyzer and measure the material’s response to radio frequencies from 10MHz to 50GHz depending on the combination of analyzer and probes used.

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Keithley 4200-SCS Parameter Analyzer

Characterize semiconductor devices at the die or packaging level. With high resolution and high accuracy, this instrument is ideal for low and ultra low current measurements, current versus voltage (IV) measurements of photovoltaic cells, and pulse IV (PIV) measurements of CMOS transistors.

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Keithley 2602A System SourceMeter

The Keithley 2602A is a two-channel source / measure Unit (SMU) that can source both voltage and current and perform accurate I/V (current vs. voltage) measurements. The integrated four-quadrant source enables a variety of measurement techniques that would otherwise require multiple instruments.

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Harvard Apparatus Pico Plus Pump

The Pico Plus infusion pump delivers low flow rates, either infusing or withdrawing fluid, at low to moderate back pressures. The device can hold any two syringes from 0.5 µl to 10 ml. The diameter and desired flow rate are entered via the keypad and stored in non-volatile memory. In the event of a power outage, the Pico Plus is equipped with “power failure mode” that allows the user to decide whether to turn the pump off or to resume pumping once power is restored. The pump can either operate in RATE mode, which continuously dispenses fluid at a specified rate, or the pump can release exact amounts of fluid in VOLUME mode.

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Fluke 294 Arbitrary Waveform Generator

This arbitrary waveform generator is capable of producing waveforms independently or synchronized on up to four output channels. Researchers can use the built-in basic waveforms or create their own and save it on a compact-flash card for recall. The sampling frequency is up to 100 MHz and the output ranges from 2.5 mV to 10 Vpp into for 50 Ohm loads at 12 bit resolution and 1-million points horizontal resolution per channel.

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EVERBEING Model C-2 Portable Probe Station

EVERBEING’s model C-2 portable probe station, with a 12.5” square footprint, is ideal for DC and RF applications for samples of 2″ or less. The C-2 probe station stands on four vibration absorbing feet and is suitable for portable use at a desk, workbench or placement into an environmental chamber. The station is equipped with a USB microscope and vacuum pump for the vacuum chuck. Currently supplied with DC needle probes and 4 positioners, it is set up for DC I-V measurements, diode and transistor characterization and 4-point probe impedance measurements. Options are available from the manufacturer to equip the probe positioners for RF measurements, but this is not currently supported at CMC.

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Agilent N5242A 10MHz – 26.5GHz PNA-X Vector Network Analyzer

The Agilent N5242A 10 MHz-to-26.5 GHz PNA-X Vector Network Analyzer is an integrated test system for complete linear and non-linear characterization of RF and microwave components and devices with a single set of connections. The analyzer is a four-port, double-source instrument. It features an internal signal combiner, internal pulse modulators and internal noise receivers. The advanced architecture and re-configurable measurement paths make Agilent N5242A a replacement for bench top instruments such as network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, signal source, and power meter. The potential research applications include wireless communications, high speed links, material characterization, and life sciences. The analyzer comes with a number of automated applications such as linear and non-linear network analysis, the latter features X parameters measurements, time domain measurements, IMD (Intermodulation Distortion), and Gain compression measurements. The analyzer runs Windows XP Pro operating system and can be remotely accessed via LAN.

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Agilent N5182B MXG X-Series RF VSG

The Agilent N5182B MXG X-Series RF vector signal generator supports complex modulation formats such as QAM which are useful for digital communications. The N5182B can generate signals based on cellular/wireless connectivity standards such as LTE, GSM, and WiMAX. For the full list of software specifications, visit the Agilent/Keysight product page under useful links.

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