Keithley High Resistance/Low Current Electrometers Series 6500, 6430

Choose from three sensitive options for precision high resistance and low current measurements. The 5½-digit Model 6514 and Model 6517B Electrometers offer 1fA sensitivity, >200TΩ input impedance on voltage measurements, and charge measurements down to 10fC. The 6½-digit Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter SMU Instrument can measure current with 1aA sensitivity. Its low noise and drift performance make it ideal for research on single electron devices, highly resistive nanowires and nanotubes, polymers, and electrochemical applications.

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Keithley High Resistance/Low Current Electrometers Series 6500, 6430

Features

Benefits

Extremely low noise (0.4fAp-p for 6430, <1fA for 6517B and 6514) Ensures more accurate measurements of the extremely low currents common in device and materials research.
Resistance measurements up to 1016Ω (6517B) Measures resistance on ultra-high resistance materials and insulators accurately.
Remote PreAmp can be located at the signal source (6430) Allows making a direct or very short connection to the signal source, minimizing noise sources such as cable noise.
Low burden voltage Eliminates errors that affect the accuracy of low current measurements.
Built-in ±1kV voltage source with sweep capability (6517B) Simplifies performing leakage, breakdown, and resistance testing, as well as volume (Ω-cm) and surface resistivity (Ω/square) measurements on high resistivity materials.
Optional Model 8009 Resistivity Chamber for measuring volume and surface resistivities of sample materials (6517B) Protects you from contact with potentially hazardous voltages —opening the lid of the chamber automatically turns off the instrument’s voltage source.
High measurement speeds even on low-level signals Allows faster low-level component testing.
Programmable digital I/O and built-in interfaces Simplifies building automated component test systems.
Model Current Resistance Charge Source List Price
6514 100aA - 20mA

10mΩ - 200GΩ

10fC - 20μC

US $6,220
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6517B

10aA - 20mA

100Ω - 10PΩ

10fC - 2μC

0 - ±1000V

US $9,380
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6430 10aA - 100mA

1µΩ - >20TΩ

-

0 - ±200V
0 - ±100mA

US $18,000
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Model Current Resistance Charge Source List Price
6514 100aA - 20mA

10mΩ - 200GΩ

10fC - 20μC

US $6,220
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6517B

10aA - 20mA

100Ω - 10PΩ

10fC - 2μC

0 - ±1000V

US $9,380
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6430 10aA - 100mA

1µΩ - >20TΩ

-

0 - ±200V
0 - ±100mA

US $18,000
Configure & Quote
Datasheet 1681
Datasheet Accessory
CLIP-ON TEST LEADS
Datasheet 2000-BENCHKIT
Datasheet Accessory
MULTI MODEL BENCH CONVERSION KIT
Datasheet 237-ALG-15
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Description Datasheet LOW NOISE TRIAX CABLE 15M(50FT)
Datasheet 237-ALG-2
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LOW NOISE TRIAX CABLE
Datasheet 237-BNC-TRX
Datasheet Accessory
2-SLOT M BNC TO 3 LUG F TRIAX
Datasheet 237-TRX-NG
Datasheet Accessory
TRIAX 3S M/3L F GRD DISC
Datasheet 4288-1
Datasheet Accessory
SINGLE FIXED RACK MOUNTING KIT
Datasheet 4288-2
Datasheet Accessory
DUAL FIXED RACK MOUNTING KIT
Datasheet 4288-5
Datasheet Accessory
RACK KIT
Datasheet 4804
Datasheet Accessory
MALE BNC TO FEMALE TRIAX ADAPT
Datasheet 6517-ILC-3
Datasheet Accessory
INTERLOCK CABLE, 4 PIN
Datasheet 6517-TP
Datasheet Accessory
TEMPERATURE PROBE
Datasheet 6521.
Datasheet Accessory
SCANNER CARD
Datasheet 7009-5
Datasheet Accessory
5 FT. SHIELDED RS-232 CABLE
Datasheet 8009
Datasheet Accessory
RESISTIVITY TEST FIXTURE
Datasheet 8607
Datasheet Accessory
1KV SOURCE BANANA CABLES
Datasheet Datasheet Accessory
Description Datasheet 1681 CLIP-ON TEST LEADS
Description Datasheet 2000-BENCHKIT MULTI MODEL BENCH CONVERSION KIT
237-ALG-15 LOW NOISE TRIAX CABLE 15M(50FT)
Description Datasheet 237-ALG-2 LOW NOISE TRIAX CABLE
Description Datasheet 237-BNC-TRX 2-SLOT M BNC TO 3 LUG F TRIAX
Description Datasheet 237-TRX-NG TRIAX 3S M/3L F GRD DISC
Description Datasheet 4288-1 SINGLE FIXED RACK MOUNTING KIT
Description Datasheet 4288-2 DUAL FIXED RACK MOUNTING KIT
Description Datasheet 4288-5 RACK KIT
Description Datasheet 4804 MALE BNC TO FEMALE TRIAX ADAPT
Description Datasheet 6517-ILC-3 INTERLOCK CABLE, 4 PIN
Description Datasheet 6517-TP TEMPERATURE PROBE
Description Datasheet 6521. SCANNER CARD
Description Datasheet 7009-5 5 FT. SHIELDED RS-232 CABLE
Description Datasheet 8009 RESISTIVITY TEST FIXTURE
Description Datasheet 8607 1KV SOURCE BANANA CABLES
Are settings saved on Model 6517B when updating to a later firmware?
Yes, settings can be saved using the following procedure: 1. Press MENU, let go. 2. Select SAVESETUP, press ENTER. 3. Select SAVE, press ENTER. 4. Select number for save (0-9), press ENTER.   To restore: 1. Press MENU, let go. 2. Select SAVESETUP …
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How to make a Resistivity Measurement using the 8009 and 6517B in Alt-Polarity Mode
1) Connect interlock, Source Voltage HI and LO, and triax meter cables between 6517B back panel and 8009 test fixture. 2) Determine type of resistivity measurement (surface or volume) and use selector switch on 8009. 3) To set resistivity …
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What is the effective input resistance on the 6517B electrometer in current mode?
Voltage burden is what is important here. Model 6517B is as close to an ideal ammeter as its voltage burden is extremely low. However, you can calculate the "effective" input resistance of each range. 20pA range is 20uV / 20pA = 1M ohm 200pA range is …
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How is resistance measured?
Electrical resistance is measured by either of two methods: constant current or constant voltage. The constant current technique sources a known current through an unknown resistance and the resulting voltage is measured. This technique is generally …
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PicoAmmeters/Electromeers/Sensitive SMUs -What is Guard?
The concept of guarding is to surround the input high node or DUT with a guard shield that is at the same potential. Current cannot flow through a leakage resistance that has a 0 V drop across it.  Guarding is used to greatly reduce leakage current …
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Comparison of DDC and SCPI Command codes for 6517.
Look the attached word document for comparison of DDC(Device Dependent Commands) to SCPI commands for Model 6517A.
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How do I change the line voltage setting on a Keithley Model 6517B?
1. Make sure the instrument is turned off and unplugged.  2. Carefully take out the fuse housing (above the power cord input) by opening the tabs on both sides.  3. Switch out the fuses in the fuse housing for the appropriate fuses for your line …
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What is the lowest resistivity that can be measured with the 8009 resistivity test chamber and 6517B electrometer?
It depends on the voltage source and ammeter, not so much the test fixture. The Model 6517B voltage source is capable of sourcing 10mV to 1000V. And up to 10mA. So this means if it sources 1V and has a 10mA compliance then it could read 100 ohms …
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6517B Electrometer/High Resistance Meter Datasheet
Datasheet
Model 6514 Programmable Electrometer
2010 catalog pages for the Model 6514 Programmable Electrometer.
Datasheet
Model 237-ALG-2 Triaxial Cable
The Keithley Instruments Model 237-ALG-2 is a 6.6 ft (2 m) triaxial cable that is terminated with a three-slot male triaxial connector on one end and alligator clips on the other end.

Literature Number: PA-298D
Datasheet
Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Instrument
2010 Catalog Pages for Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Instrument.
Datasheet
Model 4288-2 Dual Fixed Rack Mounting Kit
The Model 4288-2 Dual Fixed Rack Mounting Kit includes all of the hardware necessary for side-by-side rack mounting of two instruments, including Series 2000, 2182A, Series 2300, Series 2500, 2700, 2701, 6220, 6221, 6485, 6487, 6514, or 6517B.

Literature Number: PA-290C
Datasheet
Interlock Cable

Literature Number: PA-975
Datasheet
6430-901-01
MODEL 6430 SUB-FEMTOAMP REMOTE SOURCEMETER REFERENCE MANUAL

The Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Reference Manual includes advanced operation topics, maintenance information, troubleshooting procedures, and in-depth descriptions of programming commands.
Part Number: 6430-901-01F
Primary User
KickStart Quick Start Guide

KickStart Instrument Control Software lets you start making measurements in minutes without complex instrument programming. KickStart allows you to do I-V characterization, data acquisition and logging, and power supply control on a variety of Keithley products.


Part Number: KKS-903-01H
Primary User
Keithley Instruments Safety Precautions
Safety Precautions PA

This document contains safety information for Keithley Instruments products.


Part Number: 071341102
User
Model 4299-7 Fixed Rack-Mount Kit Assembly and Mounting Instructions
This document contains the parts list and installation information for products that can be mounted with this rack-mount kit.

Model 4299-7 Fixed Rack Mounting Kit Assembly and Mounting Instructions
Part Number: PA-1065E
User
MODEL 6514 ELECTROMETER SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL 6514 ELECTROMETER SPECIFICATIONS Specifications

Specifications for the 6514 Electrometer.
Part Number: SPEC-6514B
Primary User
Model 6517B Electrometer Reference Manual
The 6517B is capable of measuring a voltage range of up to 200 V with an input impedance exceeding 200 TΩ. All this performance is built into an instrument that operates as simply as a digital Multimeter.

This reference manual provides setup, operation, and command descriptions for the Keithley Model 6517B Electrometer/High Resistance Meter.


Part Number: 6517B-901-01D
Primary User
Model 6514 System Electrometer Quick Results Guide
User Manual

Model 6514 System Electrometer Quick Results Guide Rev. A
Part Number: 6514-903-01A
User
Model 6517B Electrometer User's Manual

Model 6517B Electrometer User's Manual
Part Number: 6517B-900-01A
Primary User
Model 6514 System Electrometer Instruction Manual

Model 6514 System Electrometer Instruction Manual
Part Number: 6514-901-01D
Primary User
6514 Japanese Quick Result Guide

6514 JAPAN MANUAL
Part Number: 6514J-903-01A
User
Model 6430 Japanese Quick Result Guide

Model 6430 Japanese Quick Result Guide
Part Number: 6430J-903-01A
User
Keithley Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Quick Results Guide

Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Quick Results Guide Rev. A 2003
Part Number: 6430-903-01A
KickStart Instrument Control Software Version 2.2.1 (Windows 10, 8, 7 compatible)
KickStart Software for the PC enables quick test setup and data visualization when using one or more instruments. Key Features • Save time by automating data collection of millions of readings. • Set up a multi-instrument test with the ability to …

Part Number: KICKSTART-2.2.1
Application
KickStart Instrument Control Software Version 2.2.0 (Windows 10, 8, 7 compatible)
"KickStart Software for the PC enables quick test setup and data visualization when using one or more instruments. Key Features • Save time by automating data collection of millions of readings. • Set up a multi-instrument test with the …

Part Number: KICKSTART-2.2.0
Application
KickStart Instrument Control Software Version 2.1.1 (Windows 10, 8, 7 compatible)
"KickStart Software for the PC enables quick test setup and data visualization when using one or more instruments. Key Features • Save time by automating data collection of millions of readings. • Set up a multi-instrument test with the …

Part Number: KICKSTART-2.1.1
Application
KickStart Instrument Control Software Version 2.1.0 (Windows 10, 8, 7 compatible)
"KickStart Software for the PC enables quick test setup and data visualization when using one or more instruments. Key Features • Save time by automating data collection of millions of readings. • Set up a multi-instrument test with the …

Part Number: KICKSTART-2.1.0
Application
Keithley I/O Layer version C10 (Windows 10, 8, 7 Compatible)
Keithley I/O Layer version C10 (KIOL-850C10 adds support for Windows 10 Operating System and installs NI-VISA Runtime 17.5 and NI-ICP 17.0. This release replaces previous versions of KIOL-850B07, KIOL-850C02, KIOL-850C03, KIOL-850C04, KIOL-850C05 …

Part Number: KIOL-850C10
Application
Model 6517B Firmware version A14
Firmware version A14 and Release Notes. Use with Keithley Flash Wizard to upgrade a 6517B instrument.

Part Number: 6517B-FRP-A14
Firmware
KickStart Instrument Control software Version 1.9.8 (use with HRMA app)
Easy to use instrument control software Required for use with KickStart’s High Resistance Measurement App (HRMA) For all other apps, consider KickStart 2 as a replacement Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Part Number: KICKSTART-1.9.8
Application
6430 C30 Firmware Release Package
Model 6430 Firmware Release Package Version C30

Part Number: 6430-FRP-C30
Firmware
Keithley I/O Layer - version C07 (Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP Compatible)
Keithley I/O Layer version C07 (KIOL-850C07 adds a change to only send the :syst:rem command to RS-232 connections This release replaces previous versions of KIOL-850B07, KIOL-850C02, KIOL-850C03, KIOL-850C04, KIOL-850C05, KIOL-850C06). This version …

Part Number: KIOL-850C07
Application
Model 6517B Firmware Version A13
Model 6517B A13 Firmware and Release Notes.

Part Number: 6517B-801A13
Firmware
6514 A11 Firmware Upgrade.exe (2.5Meg)
Flash Wizard to upgrade 6514 to firmware version A11.

Part Number: 6514-800A11
Firmware
2400 IVI Driver for Visual Basic (VB), VC/C++, Labview (LV) and LabWindows CVI, Rev. B01 (7.2Mb) - Requires Installation of Keithley I/O Layer (KIOL-850)
IVI driver for 24xx series, includes support for 6430. Not the VXIPnP driver.

Part Number: 2400-854B01
Driver
Model 6517B Firmware Version A12
Model 6517B A12 Firmware and Release Notes.

Part Number: 6517B-801A12
Firmware
6514 Native LabView 2009 Driver version 1.0.0 - Project Style
6514 Native LabView 2009 Driver Version 1.0.0

Part Number: 6514-LV-1.0.0
Driver
6514 LabVIEW 5.X (LV) Driver for Windows

Part Number: 6514-LV-5.X
Driver
6514 IEEE Bus Library for Testpoint
10-15-01: Support Documentation file (README.txt) included in the download.

Part Number: 6514-TP-IEEE-LIB
Driver
6430 BETA LabVIEW ver. 5.X (LV) driver for Windows

Part Number: 6430-LV-5.X
Driver
Model 6517B Firmware Version A10
6517B Version A10 Firmware and Release Notes.

Part Number: 6517B-801A10
Firmware
Flashwizard version C12 (Windows 7, Vista, XP, Win2K, NT, ME, 98 Compatible)
Flashwizard executable version C12 (Windows 7, Vista, XP, Win2K, NT, ME, 98 Compatible)

Part Number: FLASH-WIZARD-C12
Firmware
6514 LabVIEW (LV) ver. 6i Driver

Part Number: 6514-LV-6I
Driver
Problem: Measurements are Low in High Resistance Measurements
Technical Article
2402 DC Production Testing of OLED Displays
Application Note
Powering Results with Precision and Simplicity e-Guide
Fact Sheet
Advances in Electrical Measurements for Nanotechnology
Rev 3.15.13
Handbook
2218 Production Testing of High-Intensity Visible LEDs
Application Note
Your Guide to Creating High Performance Switching Applications
Fact Sheet
Problem: Noisy Readings in High Resistance Measurements
Technical Article
Problem: Noise in Low Current Measurements
Technical Article
Problem: Error in Low Voltage, Low Current Measurements
Technical Article
#2615 Determining Resistivity and Conductivity Type using a Four-Point Collinear Probe and the Model 6221 Current Source
Application Note
Power Testing Applications for Today's Automobiles
Brochure
Counting Electrons: How to Measure Currents in the Attoampere Range
Technical Article
Volume and Surface Resistivity Measurements of Insulating Materials Using the 6517B Electrometer/High Resistance Meter
Measuring insulators involves very low currents.  This application note explains how to use the Keithley 6517B Electrometer/High Resistance Meter to make thismeasurement to ensure accuracy and repeatability.
Application Note
Optimizing Low-Current Measurements and Instruments
Whitepaper
Keithley Instrumentation for Electrochemical Test Methods and Applications
This application note discusses a variety of electrochemical applications, including voltammetry, low and high resistivity measurements, battery test, potentiometry, electrodeposition, electrical device characterization, and other tests that involve …

Literature Number: 1KW-60158-1
Application Note
Discover Today's Solutions for Tomorrow's Nano Characterization Challenges
Brochure
Understanding Control Systems and Communications for Today's Automobiles
Fact Sheet
Source Measure Unit (SMU) Instruments Selector Guide
This selector guide will help you determine which of Keithley's source measure unit (SMU) instruments is ideal for your testing needs.

Literature Number: 1KW-61458-0
Product Selector Guide
Source Measure Unit Instruments - The Tool of Choice for Emerging R&D Applications
Fact Sheet
#1138 Switching in Multipoint Testing
Application Note
Eliminating Common SCPI Errors
Application Note
Solutions for Production Testing of Connectors
Application Note
Model 6514 Electrometer Specifications
Model 6514 Electrometer Specifications Rev. A

Literature Number: SPEC-6514A
Specification
Maximize Speed and Throughput for Semiconductor Measurements Using Source Measure Units (SMUs)
Poster
Maximize Speed and Throughput for Semiconductor Measurements
Poster
Making High Resistance Measurements on Small Crystals in Inert Gas or High Vacuum w/ the Model 6517A
Application Note
Touch, Test, Invent with the Next Generation Current and Voltage Source-Measure Instruments
Fact Sheet
Test Methods for Automobile Communication and Control Systems
Fact Sheet
Model 6517B Specifications
Model 6517B Specifications

Literature Number: SPEC-6517BB
Specification
Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Specifications
Model 6430 Sub-Femtoamp Remote SourceMeter Specifications

Literature Number: SPEC-6430F
Specification
Methods to Achieve Higher Currents from I-V Measurement Equipment
Application Note
Choosing the Optimal Source Measurement Unit Instrument for Your Test and Measurement Application (also Applicable to Series 2600B)
Whitepaper
Better Solar Cell Testing: The Key to Faster Development and Production
Technical Article
#315 Capacitor Leakage Measurements Using a Model 6517A Electrometer
App Note 315 Capacitor leakage measurements using a model 6517A electrometer
Application Note
Device Characterization Techniques Using Keithley SourceMeter Instruments with LabTracer Software
Application Note
High Accuracy Electrometers for Low Current/High Resistance Applications
Brochure
New Materials and Devices E-Guide
Brochure
Low Current Measurements
Application Note
Low Level Measurements Handbook - 7th Edition

Literature Number: 1KW-1559-0
Handbook
Guide to Measuring New Materials and Devices
Handbook
E-Handbook Guide to Switch Considerations by Signal Type
Fact Sheet
Quick Reference Guide to SCPI Commands
Application Note