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4145A Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer

First Catalog 1983

Designed for production line and laboratory use, the HP 4145A was the electronics industry's first stand-alone instrument capable of complete DC characterization of semiconductor devices and materials. It stimulates voltage and current-sensitive devices, measures the resulting current and voltage responses, and displays the results in a user-selectable format (graph, list, matrix, or schmoo) on a built-in CRT display.

The photos show an analyzer that has been upgraded with a modern LCD display (NewScope-5 from SIMMCONN Labs) and a “Gotek” floppy emulator to replace its original, proprietary 5.25“ Floppy Drive.

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Installation of "Gotek" Floppy Drive Emulator (running "FlashFloppy")

There are several articles/videos on the Internet on retrofitting a “Lotharek” HxC floppy emulator to the analyzer.

Below, the steps to use one of the newer “Goteks” (with the latest 435-based MCU and an OLED display) are outlined. They usually come with “FlashFloppy” already installed.

  • Remove the existing 5.25 drive.
  • Retrofit a 34-pin IDC connector to the 4145A Floppy cable.
  • Use a power adapter to connect the Gotek to the 4-pin Molex of the 4145A.
  • Connect Pin 6 and Pin 34 on the floppy drive with a jumper wire.
  • Format a USB stick for the FAT32 filesystem.
  • Load the configuration and binary files for the boot disk onto the USB stick.
  • To install the Gotek into the 5.25 bay of the 4145A, either use parts from one of the universal floppy drive adapter kits that can be found on eBay. Or create a custom adapter if you are mechanically skilled.
  • Put everything together, turn the instrument on, and it should boot from the Gotek.

Zip-file with the two configuration files and the binary file for the boot disk: Gotek FlashFloppy Files


Installation of HxC2001 Floppy Drive Emulator (Jared Cabot's Notes)

The HP 4145A can be adapted to accept the HxC2001 Floppy Drive Emulator.

1. Unzip the disk image files and copy them to the root of the Floppy emulator.

2. Install a 34 pin Female IDC 2.54mm pitch socket connector to the Floppy drive ribbon cable connected to the HP4145A. This cable cannot be removed without significant work. Adding the connector will save you a lot of heart-ache. A simple press fit connector will do just fine. Be sure pin 1 is located on the same side as the original floppy drive connector. You do not need to remove the old floppy drive connector either. The added benefit is the upgrade can always be removed and the old drive put back in, not that you would want to though.

3. A bit of hardware modifications, you will need to add two resistors and a jumper wire to the HxC board. a. Add a 1K 0603 to R9, This is a pull up resistor. b. Add a 1K 0603 to R4, This is a pull up resistor. c. Add a jumper wire from pin 34 to pin 6, Pin 6 is not connected to anything on the emulator however pin 6 is used by the HP4145A to indicate that a disk is inserted. Without this jumper you will get an “Error M02” on the display.

4. Set the dip switches, they should be 10010000 (left to right when the floppy connector is facing up and away from you).

5. Insert the SD card and power up the unit. It should now be working.

HP 4145A - Power Transistor Measurement Setup

HP 4145A - Miscellaneous Repair Notes

HP 4145A - Boot Floppy Duplication

There is an interesting approach to read and write the 5.25” boot disk for the 4145A. Unlike the 4145B, the 4145A does not have the built-in capability to create boot floppy copies.

YouTube video:

Web site with the details:

HP 16058A Custom Adapter Plates

Board #1 with a bunch of standard through-holes, customizable to all kinds of things. Gerber Files. component_measurement:4145a:2023-11-13_19-50-02_271.jpeg

Board #2 holds a standard 18-pin socket and connects to 1mm jacks, modeled after the “HP 16058-60007 Test Fixture Dual-In-Line 18 Pin”. Gerber Files.


Material used:

  • 18-pin DIP Socket - 3M Textool ZIF or equivalent
  • 1mm PCB-mounted test jacks: 18x Harwin H3185-05 (Mouser part 855-H3185-05)
  • Snap-in grommets and plunger (HP numbers 1390-0366 and 1390-0365) to hold the adapter boards in place - the HP parts are nowhere to be found. However, the Leviton 47615-NYP push-lock pins fit perfectly and are widely available:
4145a_semiconductor_parameter_analyzer.txt · Last modified: 2023/12/17 18:22 by wschraml

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