[volt-nuts] 3458A HFL Question

Frank Stellmach frank.stellmach at freenet.de
Fri Jul 21 03:15:42 EDT 2017


that has been discussed recently on eevblog, and another volt-nuts 
stated, that the only difference was the implementation of a VHP101, 40k 
resistor for R207. This information was supposed to come directly from 
keysight, but has been deleted by the user.

The VHP101 has a T.C. < 0.3ppm/K, and is oil filled, so 2ppm/6yr drift 
might be assumed, according to the Vishay datasheets.

This resistor was routinely assembled in the standard instruments since 
about 1996, so 3458As younger than that should also be more stable, 
although HPAK never adapted the specification. These resistors were all 
marked by hand, i.e. an individual code on top of the housing, so a 
selection may have taken part.

This VHP101 may improve the ACAL OHM T.C. and OHM 1-year-drift over the 
original b.m.f. resistor, but the ACAL T.C. is not specified in the HFL 
datasheet. The transfer accuracy also does not reflect correctly this 
improvement, as the drift over 10min and 0.5°C for 10kOhm and 100kOhm 
would only be related to the Ohm mode resistor array, RP300, which 
obviously was not changed, and has a T.C. of about 3ppm/K, which would 
yield a transfer stability of 1.5ppm for a 0.5°C change.

I think, the HFL specification is a hoax, especially, as nobody ever has 
seen a real HFL instrument.


 > Does anyone know how to identify a 3458A HFL A1 board?
 >The HFL A9 is part number 03458-66529, but I have never seen a part 
number for the A1 board with superior resistance measurement.
 >And does the A1 use select parts like the A9 or different parts? 
Thanks: Thomas Knox

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