AMETEK Programmable Power expands its Asterion power supply platform with a line of programmable, high-performance dc power supplies with either fixed or auto-ranging outputs.
Claiming to a new standard for power density, all units are 1U (44.45mm/1.75in) high with rated output voltages of 40V and 60V for 1.7 kW, 3.4 kW and 5.0 kW power levels. Two types are available, fixed range and auto-ranging. The fixed range supplies are economical, traditional rectangular wave output power supplies with all the enhanced operation advantages standard with the Asterion platform. The auto-ranging supplies feature expanded current and voltage range at the full output power level, enabling the ability to satisfy a wider testing need without requiring the purchase of additional models.
The intuitive front panel touchscreen interface and multi-language display ensure ease of use. An auto-paralleling capability supports operating multiple units in parallel to increase the total output power level.
The Asterion DC Series is Digital Signal Processor (DSP) controlled and supports multiple programming interfaces. Operators can control the supply from an intuitive front panel touchscreen or remotely via LXI Ethernet, USB and RS-232 standard control interfaces, as well as an optional GPIB control interface for legacy applications.
Function group icons on the touchscreen allow access to the supplies’ dashboard, output programming parameters, measurements, sequencing, configuration, control interfaces, applications, and system settings functions. Operators can select functions and enter parameters either by accessing them directly through the touchscreen or by using the encoder selector button. A dynamic rate change algorithm can adjust the control resolution, which provides precise control over small parameter changes and quick sweeps through an entire range.