Hi again: any news on the 2V bug?

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Dan Steingart

Sep 4, 2014, 5:26:30 PM9/4/14
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Hi All:

Any news on the 2V bug?  I just received a couple of new units from sparkfun.  I'm trying to maximize the low end of the current range but b/c of the 2v non-linearity I'm suffering quite a bit.  Any guidance would be great.   It seems it can be corrected by subtracting out the baseline nonlinear behavior, but I'm wondering if there's a known better fix?

In the attached plot I'm sweeping 0-5 V with a 1 kOhm resistor, red line is my correction function.



Ian Daniher

Sep 5, 2014, 12:14:30 PM9/5/14
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Few things to note. 

If I recall correctly, the magnitude of the nonlinearity is proportional to the total difference in potential across the current sense amplifier inputs - in other words, different currents at 2V produce different errors.

The error is caused by the common-mode voltage, so one channel held at a fixed voltage and used as a virtual ground (at 0v, 2.5v, 5v, etc) will not show this error and will accurately measure the full scale current.

We'll be starting a beta distribution of new SMU hardware in the not too distant future, which resolves the 2v common mode error issue and offers greater precision. Details will be posted to this list in the next few weeks.

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