Programmable power supplies reduce costs in automated test

Programmable power supplies reduce costs in automated test

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The Model 2230G-30-1 power supply provides two output channels, typically used for powering analogue circuits, with each channel capable of outputting up to 30V/1.5A/45W, plus a 6V/5A/30W output channel, typically used for powering digital circuits; 25V/1A limits are more common, the company says. The Model 2220G-30-1 power supply provides two output channels, each capable of outputting up to 30V/1.5A/45W. These maximum output levels, combined with voltage setting and reading resolution of 1mV and current setting and reading resolution of 1 mA, allow generating a wider range of output power and reading a wider range of load currents with high precision.

Basic voltage setting accuracy and voltage readback accuracy is 0.03% for each output channel (0.05% on alternative units); remote sense terminals on each channel of the new power supplies compensate for voltage drops in the power supply leads to ensure that the correct voltage is delivered to the load terminals of the DUT, enhancing overall system accuracy. They also offer superior basic current setting and readback accuracy (0.10% versus the market leader’s 0.15% accuracy) and less than 3mVp-p ripple and noise to ensure high quality load current measurements.

Each output channel is completely isolated, which allows the new power supplies to power two isolated circuits with different reference points, eliminating the need for a second power supply. Each channel can also be turned on or off independently, so the power supplies can be used to power up a circuit that requires turning on multiple voltage levels in a specified time sequence. A programmable timer allows setting up a test to run unattended, turning off the outputs after a specified interval.

For applications that require supplying more than 30V or 1.5A, the new power supplies’ 30V outputs can be combined in a variety of configurations, such as being wired in series to produce a 60V output with a maximum current output of 1.5A or wired in parallel to produce a 3A output at 30V. When configured this way, special display modes show the actual voltage and current for the combined pair. This is an important advantage over units which do not show the actual combined output, Keithley says. The new power supplies also allow configuring the 30V outputs to test a bipolar circuit or maintain a user-defined ratio between the two outputs when using Tracking mode.

Several features help protect fragile or experimental DUTs from damage during testing, including programmable voltage maximum values in addition to the current limit setting function; each output channel’s limit can be set independently. In addition, all front panel controls can be locked using a user-definable password to prevent inadvertent changes during critical tests.

The GPIB interface and an existing USB TMC-compliant device port makes it easy to control the power supplies remotely from a variety of programming environments. Standard IVI-Com and LabVIEW instrument drivers are available.

Keithley Instruments;

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