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BDS2 System
BDS2 System

Inline Voltage & Current Probe

Identify & Minimize RF Process Variability

Using sophisticated parallel signal processing, the BDS2 simultaneously measures and reports voltage, current, and phase angle at multiple fundamental, harmonic and intermodulation frequencies.

A robust frequency tracking algorithm guarantees accurate measurements under dynamic signal conditions. With this data, power and impedance are calculated at each frequency, giving users the ability to identify small discrepancies that may make the difference between a successful and a failed process.

The optional Time-Domain mode allows exceptional visibility into the shape of pulsed RF waveforms in the non-50 ohm environment. Similar to an oscilloscope, the BDS2 will display a one-shot, triggered view of the pulse envelope. Uniquely, however, the BDS2 will display the waveform in voltage, current, phase, power, or impedance to the fullyspecified accuracy of the system.

  • 1% accurate measurement of RF voltage and current with a locked system
  • Calculated impedance, RF power
  • Multi-level pulse or CW waveforms
  • 1-3 fundamental frequencies
  • 4 harmonics per fundamental frequency
  • 6 intermodulation products per fundamental pair
  • Time-domain mode
  • Tracking & Spectral search mode
  • Ethernet enabled
  • Chamber to chamber matching
  • RF process monitoring
  • Impedance matching
  • Troubleshooting RF delivery system
  • Identify process drifts
  • Harmonic levels up to 252 MHz are available for analysis
  • Voltage, current, phase and delivered power comparison
BDS2 System Max RF Power Chart


Input Connector (xx) Output Connector (yy)
01 = N(f) 01 = N(f)
02 = N(m) 02 = N(m)
12 = HN(f) 12 = HN(f)
13 = HN(m) 13 = HN(m)
14 = 7/16(f) 14 = 7/16(f)
15 = 7/16(m) 15 = 7/16(m)
34 = LC(f)  34 = LC(f) 
35 = LC(m)   35 = LC(m) 

* Custom designs can be developed to fit specific connections/applications. See P-CVD BDS2 Sensor datasheet in downloads section below.

BDS2 System
product specifications:
Item No
BDS2 System
Item Name
Inline Voltage & Current Probe
System Components - Unlocked System
Receiver: 7001A900-2, BDS2 Single Ch. Receiver w/Ethernet
Calibrated Data Cable: 7001B040-5M, RF/Data Cable Set 5 M straight

Sensor Options
(Contact factory for a custom designed sensor and custom frequency combinations)

7001A550-1-xx yy, Sensor, BDS2, QC Connectors
(Choose xx yy options from the Connection Options table above)

7001A550-2, Sensor, BDS2, Protruding Dielectric Connection
System Kits - Locked System
7001A500-1-xxyy, BDS2 Kit (Receiver, Cable and Sensor Kit), QC Connectors
(Choose xx yy options from the Connection Options table above)

7001A500-1-2, BDS2 Kit (Receiver, Cable and Sensor Kit), Protruding Dielectric Connection
System Profiles
Please see datasheet
Time Domain Measurement Options
7001A993-1, Factory Install License
7001A993F-1, Field Install License
Time Domain Measurement Mode
Time Resolution: 500 ns
Configurable Time Scale: 0.1 to 10 ms
Average: Trace Average

Voltage or current waveform
Rising or falling edge
External triggering
Upper/lower thresholds

Pre- and Post- Trigger Buffer: 5% to 95%
Voltage, current, phase, frequency, impedance, power at frequencies selected by user
Range: 307 kHz - 252 MHz (Sensor Dependent)
Resolution: 100 Hz
Accuracy: ± 1 kHz
Number of Fundamentals
Up to 3 simultaneously. For more than 1 fundamental, choose from the following
(or contact the factory for custom combinations):
- 0.4, 13.56, 160 MHz
- 0.4, 60 MHz
- 1, 13.56 MHz
- 2, 27.12, 60 MHz
- 3.2, 40.68 MHz
- 3.2, 60 MHz
- 12.88, 40.68 MHz
- 13.56, 100 MHz
Frequency Slew Rate: 2 GHz/sec
Minimum Pulse Width: 5 μsec
Number of Harmonics
4 harmonics per fundamental
6 intermodulation products per pair of fundamentals up to 252 MHz

Limited by the maximum number of measurement channels

Tracking & Spectral search mode
12 harmonics standard mode
6 in time domain mode
Update Rates
100 Hz typical
Network Protocol
RF Power Max
Determined by RF sensor, (Typically 10kW or higher)
RF Connector
Custom or QC
Operating Modes
Tracking mode, Spectral Search mode
Operating: 20 to 40 °C (68 to 104 °F)
Storage: -20 to 80 °C (-4 to 176 °F)
Operating: 0 to 100 °C (32 to 212 °F)
Storage: -20 to 100 °C (-4 to 212 °F)
Operating/Storage Temperature
Refer to sensor specification
85% maximum (non-condensing)
Air Pressure
745 mbar (equivalent to 2,500 m/ 8,200 ft max altitude)
15 VDC, 2.5 A nominal