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Overview and exterior design
Manuals and datasheets
HP/Agilent/Keysight 34420A datasheet with specifications
HP 34420A User’s manual, Edition 1
Agilent 34420A User’s manual, Edition 2
Keysight 34420A User’s manual, Edition 3
Keysight 34420A Service manual, Edition 3, with poor quality schematics
HP/Agilent/Keysight 34420A scanned schematic pages
HPAK 34420A Safety/Regulatory Addendum
Making Low Resistance Measurements using the B2961A and 34420A
Precise Low Resistance Measurements Using the B2961A and 34420A
Fluke/HP 34420/SPRT and 34420/PRT NanoVolt/Micro-Ohm Meter Instruction sheet
Teardown and repair
For high gain stage used in 1 mV and 10 mV ranges HP designers used ultra-low noise JFET matched pair in hermetic TO-78 package from InterFET, IF3602. This N-type JFETs are based around monster large 2×2 mm geometry die N3600L and can sport voltage noise level of just 0.5 nV/√Hz. Next best device of such class is Linear System’s LSK389 and LSK489 with 1.8 nV/√Hz voltage noise specification. This low noise levels come at a price of huge capacitance.
Enough to say, this device is also not cheap, at $64 USD retail price per piece and lead time at least 28 weeks. There are also single JFET versions of with this low-noise device, such as IF3601.
This instrument had faulty channel 1, did not measure any input signals. Tracing signal from the input connector to front-end quickly revealed a culprit, which was bad solid-state switch. After ordering replacement LH1510AAB SSR relay from Digikey (P/N LH1510AAB-ND) and replacing both Channel 1 started to work normally.
Second issue was faulty communication interfaces. After replacing GPIB drivers SN75ALS160DW and SN75ALS162DW and resoldering TMS9914A controller these issues were also resolved. GPIB implementation is pretty much follows reference in 34420A and similar instruments like HP 33120A, 34401A, etc.
With Original LM399
With new LM399A
Calibration and verification
|LH1510AAB||SSR RELAY SPST-NO 200MA 0-200V||LH1510AAB-ND||QTY 2||$2.92ea|
|SN75ALS160DW||IC TRANSCEIVER HALF 8/8 20SOIC||296-9932-5-ND||QTY 1||$3.13ea|
|SN75ALS162DW||IC TRANSCEIVER HALF 8/8 24SOIC||296-9934-5-ND||QTY 1||$6.80ea|
|34420A FP plastic||Keysight||1||$20|
|34401A Rubber boot set||Keysight||1||$27|
Modified: April 10, 2022, 12:40 a.m.