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Power analyzer offers complete DC sourcing sans programming

Posted: 10 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Agilent's N6705A DC Power Analyzer

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a DC power analyzer that provides productivity gains when sourcing and measuring DC voltage and current into a DUT. The company claims that the N6705A DC Power Analyzer enables R&D engineers to gain insights into the DUT's power consumption in minutes without writing a single line of code.

The N6705A DC Power Analyzer is a highly integrated instrument that combines up to four advanced DC power supplies, DMM, oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator and data logger. It offers an easy-to-use interface, with all sourcing and measuring functions available from the front panel.

As an integrated instrument, the N6705A DC power analyzer eliminates the need for multiple pieces of equipment and complex test setups. With built-in current measurements, the DC power analyzer also eliminates the need for transducers, such as current probes and shunts, to measure current into the DUT. With connections and controls that are color-coded to the display, the device allows R&D engineers to quickly set up and control the DC power analyzer. Dedicated controls for common functions provide operation via a familiar interface, with each instrument function behaving like its standalone counterpart.

The N6705A DC Power Analyzer also eliminates the need to develop and debug programs that control a collection of instruments when taking measurements. All the functions and measurements are available at the front panel, thus eliminating the need for a PC, drivers and software, and reducing up to 90 percent of the effort associated with setup. With the DC Power Analyzer, users can complete their DC sourcing and measurement tasks in 5mins compared to two days when they use standard test equipment, said the company.

Key advantages
The latest member of Agilent's Modular Power System family offers several key benefits. First, the device offers flexible configuration to meet various power sourcing and analysis requirements. The N6705A can support modules with up to 600W of total power, with 21 modules to choose from.

The device also has the ability to modulate each module via an integrated arbitrary waveform generator. With output speeds of up to 160?s per step-voltage change and with a bandwidth up to 5kHz, the DC power analyzer can generate high-power DC transients or simulate line ripple.

The product can also measure output voltage and current using its built-in DMM, oscilloscope and data logger. It has 64Mbytes of internal file storage. External USB storage is also supported for increased storage capacity to log data longer.

N6705A also gives users the option to save test setups, test data or screen captures to a USB memory device, enabling capture of long data log files and easy transfer of data to a PC in another location for analysis or integration into test reports.

For cases in which the DUT encounters a hazardous failure during test, the device enables users to quickly remove power by pressing an emergency stop button. According to the company, pressing the emergency stop button keeps measurements running and retains collected data.

The N6705A is fully compliant with the LXI class C specification. It has USB 2.0, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet (LAN) and GPIB interfaces as standard features. The device can be remotely operated from any browser by connecting to its built-in Web page. Moreover, the DC power analyzer is included in Agilent's Open product offering, which ensures industry standards-based open connectivity in HW/SW components.

The Agilent N6705A DC Power Analyzer is now available and sells for $6,500. It can accept up to four DC power modules. For those concerned about USB security, the N6705A has an option to remove the USB interface, the company added.

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