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Agilent inputs customer feedback in firmware upgrade

Posted: 06 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:firmware upgrade? Agilent N6705A? DC power analyzer?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest release of its firmware for the N6705A DC power analyzer, which incorporates more than 25 customer-recommended enhancements. This version of firmware is shipping with all new orders and is a free upgrade for all existing customers.

The N6705A DC power analyzer combines up to four advanced DC power supplies: DMM, oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator and data logger. It also provides an easy-to-use interface, with all sourcing and measuring functions available from the front panel.

New features
A new grouping (paralleling) feature that allows users to control and monitor two to four mainframe outputs as if they were one output eliminates the need to coordinate the programming and measurement of multiple outputs. Users can more easily parallel outputs for up to 80A of output current, which is essential for applications such as wireless base station power amplifier testing where current demand is high.

The addition of power traces (power curves) to the scope and data logger provides the ability to directly view the power consumption of the DUT without making any calculations. This is important to laptop manufacturers that need to test the power consumption of the LCD backlight under varying conditions.

Markers may be used to zoom in on a specific piece of the overall data set to get tailored measurements, such as minimum, average, maximum and peak-to-peak current, that pertain to only that piece of the waveform.

An auto-scale button for the scope and data logger allows users to see the waveforms being measured with the touch of one key. And a simplified firmware-update process enables users to update their firmware directly from the front panel of the instrument. A PC is no longer required.

Pricing starts at $6,500, and each unit is ready to accept from one to four DC power modules, totaling up to 600W. DC power modules range from $450 to $2,250 per module. For customers in the defense industry who are concerned about USB security, the N6705A has an option to remove the USB interface.

- Gina Roos

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