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Agilent Technologies Improves Industry-Leading Processing Speeds, Autoranging Output with N6700 Modular Power System for ATE Applications


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced two additional modules for its popular N6700 low-profile modular power system that extend its high-performance capabilities up to 300W. These modules build on Agilent’s industry leadership in the number of outputs and amount of power that can be packed into a 1U (1-EIA rack unit) rack-mountable system.

The new modules represent Agilent’s next step in a series of enhancements to the Agilent N6700 low-profile modular power system (MPS), which gives test system integrators in the aerospace/defense, consumer electronics, computers and peripherals, communications, semiconductor, and automotive industries the flexibility to optimize performance, power and price to meet test needs. The Agilent N6700 MPS was the industry’s first power supply to receive LXI certification and enjoys overwhelming customer acceptance.

“Our customers value the small size and the mix-and-match design of the Agilent N6700 MPS,” said Scott Sampl, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s System Products Division. “But for some customers, their ATE systems require even more -- the power supplies must be small in size plus have higher power, speed and performance. With these new modules, we continue to expand the MPS platform to deliver on all of those requirements at the same time.”

The Agilent N6753A and N6754A modules, together with the 20 modules already offered, comprise a family ranging in power from 50W to 300W at three different performance levels: basic, high performance and precision. Test system integrators can mix and match any of these 22 modules in any of the three MPS mainframes to create a 1U-high DC power system of one to four outputs at prices starting at $1,000 per output.

Benefits and features include:

fast output changes (0 to 50V in less than 2 ms) that are up to 10 to 50 times faster than other programmable power supplies;
advanced digitized measurements while sourcing currents up to 50A;
low output noise of 5 mV peak-to-peak;
autoranging output capabilities that enable one power supply to do the job of several traditional power supplies;
high-speed test extensions that offer an oscilloscope-like digitizer that simplifies system configuration and increases measurement accuracy; and
with a single command, the ability to switch the output from a positive voltage to a negative voltage without changing wiring due to built-in Polarity Reversal Relays.
The Agilent N6700 MPS: Performance, Flexibility and Connectivity

The Agilent N6700 MPS gives test system designers the flexibility to select from and combine 22 different DC power modules in any of three MPS mainframes. Test system designers can create a 1- to 4-channel DC power system totaling 400W, 600W or 1200W in a 1U-high package optimized to meet specific test requirements. Test system engineers can invest in high-performance outputs where speed and accuracy are needed, or purchase basic performance outputs for simple DC power requirements at prices starting at $1,000 per output.

The N6700 modular power system 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, allowing quick and simple connectivity to a PC or a network. The Agilent N6700 can also be remotely operated from any browser by connecting to its built-in Web page. The MPS is an Agilent Open product offering that ensures industry-standards-based open connectivity in hardware and software.


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