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Meeting Productivity and Throughput Challenges with Modular Power Systems As designs for electronic devices continue to With industry-leading command processing time of grow more complex, so do the challenges of sourcing and measuring power to those devices during design modules reach programmed voltage levels in the and manufacturing test. shortest possible time. Perhaps you’re building mobile phones or radios And with three low-profile (1U) mainframes offering that require both high transmit power and very low total output power of 400, 600 or 1200 W, the N6700 standby power, PC motherboards that require multiple packs high-power and multiple outputs into the Figure 1 sequenced voltages, or any product that requires trade- smallest possible space. The N6705B DC power analyzer offs between performance and power consumption. Because the three system mainframes accept the and analysis functions, with nooffers a full suite of measurement Across a wide range of product categories, chances same modules as the N6705B power analyzer, programming required. are you need to mix and match multiple DC power your production-line tests will deliver the same high (14585A software shown) sources, a variety of output levels, and multiple tiers of confidence as the procedures done during design sourcing and measurement performance. validation. Figure 2 The traditional approach to these challenges involves the time-consuming steps of assembling, programming, Get versatility without complexity and debugging a custom system based on a collection With power needs that can vary from basic DC bias of individual instruments. However, an integrated, to advanced sourcing such as arbitrary waveforms modular system such as the Agilent N6700 can sharply and sophisticated measurements using triggers and reduce the time needed to create power sourcing and digitizers to capture power profiles, versatility and measuring solutions—both ad hoc setups in R&D and flexibility are paramount. high-speed automated systems in manufacturing— Addressing these challenges by programming Figure 2 while improving on the performance attributes critical multiple individual supplies can be difficult and time With a flexible platform that to both environments. consuming, and it leaves you with the dilemma of addresses both R&D and production Increase productivity in R&D specifying the system’s overall performance. Plus, new system meets demanding powerneeds, the N6700 modular powermeasurement demands can require redesigning and Every design engineer knows the frustration of reprogramming the entire system. needs all the way through the product spending 90% of your time piecing together a test life cycle. (N6705B top, N6700 low- setup but only 10% of your time actually using it. With more than 30 modules offering 6V to 150V, 3A profile mainframes middle left) to 50A output levels and performance from basic to The N6705B DC power analyzer offers all the precision, the N6700 modular power system gives advantages of flexible modularity and automated you the versatility to solve a wide range of DC power measurements—with no system integration or challenges in both R&D and manufacturing. You programming required. Control up to four advanced can mix and match various levels of performance power modules from the front panel, and use the built- and capability in a single mainframe, and easily in DMM, scope, arbitrary waveform, and data logger reconfigure the system as your needs evolve. And features to fully and accurately characterize device using any combination of modules, you can always be power consumption. The companion 14585A control assured of clean, thoroughly specified power outputs and analysis software expands your capabilities even further. and accurate power measurements. Figure 3 The result: deeper insights into your device’s To learn more about the Agilent Modular Figure 3 performance, without the headaches of assembling Power System, including the new selection DME Corporation’s Advanced your own test system.Figure 1 of higher-output modules visit Tactical Agile Communications Test Maximize throughput in manufacturing www.agilent.com/find/n6700 low-profile modular power systemSet incorporates an Agilent N6700 When your new product is ready to make the to supply the multiple voltages transition from R&D to manufacturing, the N6700 will needed to test military radios. help you meet the need for high throughput while (N6700B shown) making the best use of your valuable rack space. Download our Power Supply Selection Guide Find the one to match your specific need www.agilent.com/find/powerguide


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