Test & Measurement

Power analyser tests to latest standards

19th April 2016
Mick Elliott

The PA3000, a 1- to 4-channel AC/DC power analyser from Tektronix optimised for testing single- and multi-phase, high efficiency AC-DC and DC-AC power supply designs is available from TTid. The analyser offers 10 milliwatt standby power measurement capabilities and a 1MHz bandwidth with mid-range pricing.

With power efficiency gaining centre stage as a design criteria, electronics designers are under pressure to ensure product designs meet new Level VI efficiency standards and IEC 62301 standby power requirements.

In addition, they often are required to meet other energy consumption standards such as CEC, Energy Star, and more.

Suitable for a broad range of R&D and validation applications, the analyser supports testing to Level VI efficiency standards for external AC/DC power supplies coupled with dedicated energy consumption testing in integration mode for standards like Energy Star and CEC.

It also offers a complete solution for full compliance testing to IEC 62301 standby power requirements.

The instrument's high 1MHz bandwidth supports the LED module energy certification requirements of CQC-3146, as well as harmonic analysis on wireless chargers with KHz level fundamental frequencies on the transmitter and receiver.

To support a wide range of applications, the PA300 includes more than 50 standard measurement functions, including harmonics, frequency, and star-delta computation and has multiple analogue and digital inputs for sensor data such as thermocouples, speed sensors, and torque sensors. Built-in ±15V supplies for external transducers support high current applications.

The PA3000's full colour display features intuitive readout of measured values, waveforms, harmonic bar charts and energy integration plots.

Setup is easy using the menu-driven interface and soft keys. Included PWRVIEW software automates instrument setup and enables data collection, analysis, and report generation with just a few clicks using wizard-driven interfaces.


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