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Old 2nd March 2011, 12:44 AM   #1
tyler84 is offline tyler84  United States
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Hello everyone,

I'm want to buy my first curve tracer and I'm considering Madell CA4810A. I want a curve tracer that will be capable of testing various transistors including power mosfets. Is the CA4810A a good choice?

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Old 2nd March 2011, 01:06 AM   #2
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Power MOSFETs should be tested with a pulse fixture -- Tektronix manufactured a device for this purpose for the 576 Series. I think that the white paper which TEK wrote on testing MOSFETs is still on their website, although the discrete MOSFET line was sold to Vishay.
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Old 2nd March 2011, 04:15 AM   #3
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Sorry for my lack of understanding with regard to this subject. I see the 4810A offers the ability to test Fets, is a pulse fixture still needed?
Also I see the 4810A is rated for 10 amps current, the IRF520 says it's a 9.2 amp device. If that's the case will I be limited to testing transistors that are no larger than the IRF520?

Thank you for giving me a crash course in curve tracers!
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Old 3rd March 2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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Should I assume the CA4810A is not a good choice?
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