Keysight (Agilent) Technologies E5263A Semiconductor Parametric Analyzers


2 Channel IV Analyzer / Source Monitor Unit (High Power SMU, Medium Power SMU)

2 Channel (High Power, Medium Power) Source/Monito
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The Agilent E5263A lowers your cost-of-test by providing a high-speed parametric test solution for semiconductor, RFIC, and optical component testing needs. Key features include a high-speed DC measurement of current and voltage, enhanced measurement speed for fast throughput, expanded program memory, 16 digital I/O lines for sophisticated triggering requirements, and parallel test capability, all priced to affordably provide the ideal balance of functionality.

Basic and simple IV measurement can be made with the version 4.0 or later of Desktop EasyEXPERT. Available functions are limited. The latest Desktop EasyEXPERT is downloadable from "Related Product" under "Option & Accessories" with free of charge.

Industry Challenges

Engineers and scientists working on current and future semiconductor devices, monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), RFICs, and optical components require fast, flexible and robust instrument-based testing solutions to lower the cost-of-test.  Testing requirements can be a moving target, which often frustrates efforts to predict testing needs in the future.  The ideal answer is a solution that provides the exact testing resources needed today without exorbitant capital investment. Alternatives on the market consist of single SMUs, which present many challenges with respect to synchronization and achieving fast trigger response.  Available alternatives also cannot always supply sufficient current to meet the testing needs of modern devices.


Fast measurement that lowers cost-of-test

The fast measurement speed of the E5263A makes it an ideal choice for high-speed production test in situations requiring only one or two SMUs. Based on Agilent 4070 Series system technology, the Agilent E5263A lowers your cost-of-test with a high-speed parametric test solution for semiconductor, RFIC, and optical component testing. HPSMU and MPSMU modules and a ground unit are included in the E5263A, providing just enough test capability for many component-testing needs. The E5263A provides superior measurement throughput, several times faster than earlier products such as the Agilent 4142B. A number of innovative design elements help to improve the efficiency of complex testing, such as expanded program memory to accelerate the measurement process, and 16 digital I/O lines for sophisticated triggering requirements.

  • High measurement speed
    The E5263A performs DC measurements of current and voltage and achieves measurement speeds that are 2-3 times faster than that of the Agilent 4142B. Easily migrate from your current 4142B test environment to the E5263A because programs developed for the 4142B can run on the E5263A with only minor modification.
  • Innovative design elements support complex testing and improve efficiency
    Program memory has been greatly enhanced, with storage capacity for up to 40,000 command lines, which accelerates the measurement process. A fast and flexible advanced triggering scheme, based upon 16 digital I/O lines, in addition to the BNC trigger-in & trigger-out connectors, is ideal for sophisticated triggering requirements. Also, trigger signals are routed through hardware rather than firmware, resulting in the fastest instrument response possible. To enable parallel testing, each SMU is equipped with its own analog-to-digital converter (ADC) therefore no bottlenecks. Engineers can perform and report spot measurements easily via a simple front-panel interface, without programming. In addition, you can use the same user interface to view other items of interest, such as error messages when debugging the instrument performance under automated control.
  • Cost-effective solution for simple parametric test requirements
    Many component measurements, such as laser diode and photo diode characterization, require only one or two source/monitor units. The configuration of the E5263A provides the ideal balance of functionality for such tasks at an affordable price.

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
One HPSMU and one MPSMU configuration. Cost effective solution provides just enough test capability
SMUs that measure several times faster than 4142B SMUs Faster test times and improved throughput, resulting in a lower cost-of-test
Code compatible with the 4142B Replace current 4142Bs with the E5263A and enjoy a large throughput improvement with only minimal test code modification
16 digital I/O lines for instrument triggering in addition to BNC trigger-in & trigger-out connectors Sophisticated triggering schemes involving multiple instruments can easily be created
All trigger signals are processed via hardware rather than firmware Fastest possible trigger response from the instrument
Front panel control Can conveniently perform and report spot measurements via a simple front-panel interface, without programming.  View other items of interest, such as error messages, valuable when debugging theinstrument performance under automated control.


  • E5263A 2-Channel (High Power, Medium Power) Source Monitor Unit
  • Cables and accessories
  • Manual CD-ROM
  • Software CD-ROM (including VXIplug&play driver)

Key Specifications

Mainframe Characteristics
  E5263A 2-Channel (High Power, Medium Power) Source Monitor Unit
Available Slots 2 channel (HPSMU and MPSMU) configuration
Ground Unit (GNDU) Sink Capability 2.2 A
Instrument Control GPIB
External Trigger Inputs/Outputs 1 BNC Trigger In; 1 BNC Trigger Out; 8 Programmable Trigger In/Out
Included Module
  High Speed HPSMU High Speed MPSMU
Channel (Medium Power, Medium Power) Source Monitor Unit
  • E5260A 8-Slot High Speed Measurement Mainframe
  • B2200A fA Leakage Switch Mainframe
  • B2201A 14ch Low Leakage Switch Mainframe

  • Key Specification

    General features

    • Perform high-speed, dc parametric measurements
    • Fixed-configuration dual SMU instrument
    • Basic and simple IV measurement via Desktop EasyEXPERT

    Measurement capabilities

    • /- 100 Volt and /- 200 milliamp output capability (MPSMU)
    • /- 200 Volt and /- 1 Amp output capability (HPSMU)
    • 2.2 Amp ground unit

    E5263A OPTIONS (37)
    E3332C-900 Power Cord - United Kingdom
    E3332C-901 Power Cord - Australia and New Zealand
    E3332C-902 Power Cord - Continental Europe
    E3332C-903 Power Cord - United States and Canada (120V)
    E3332C-904 Power Cord - United States and Canada (240V)
    E3332C-906 Power Cord - Switzerland
    E3332C-912 Power Cord - Denmark
    E3332C-917 Power Cord - India
    E3332C-918 Power Cord - Japan
    E3332C-919 Power Cord - Israel
    E3332C-920 Power Cord - Argentina
    E3332C-921 Power Cord - Chile
    E3332C-922 Power Cord - China
    E3332C-923 Power Cord - South Africa
    E3332C-927 Power Cord - Thailand
    E3332C-930 Power Cord - Brazil
    E3332C-931 Power Cord - Taiwan
    E3332C-932 Power Cord - Cambodia
    E5263A-015 1.5m Cable Length (for bundled cables)
    E5263A-030 3.0m Cable Length (for bundled cables)
    E5263A-050 50Hz Line Frequency
    E5263A-060 60Hz Line Frequency
    E5263A-0B0 Download the Product Manual from the Keysight website
    E5263A-1CM Rack Mount Kit for E5263A
    E5263A-A6J ANSI Z540-1-1994 Calibration
    E5263A-ABA Printed Manuals (English)
    E5263A-ABJ Printed Manuals (Japanese)
    E5263A-DLA Delete Accessories Bundled for Analyzer Use
    E5263A-RMKT Keysight Refurbished Product
    E5263A-UK6 Commercial calibration certificate with test data
    E5290A-FG High Speed Type High Power Source/Monitor Unit Module
    E5291A-FG High Speed Type Medium Power Source/Monitor Unit Module
    R-50C-011-3 Calibration Assurance Plan - Return to Keysight - 3 years
    R-50C-011-5 Calibration Assurance Plan - Return to Keysight - 5 years
    R-51B-001-5Z Warranty Assurance Plan - Return to Keysight - 5 years
    R-51C-001-1CU Onsite Warranty - 1 year
    R-51C-001-3CU Onsite Warranty - 3 years
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