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PathWave BenchVue Software: Control. Automate. Simplify.

Keysight PathWave BenchVue software for the PC eliminates many of the issues around bench testing. By making it simple to connect, control instruments, and automate test sequences, you can quickly move past the test development phase and access results faster than ever before. Dedicated instrument apps allow you to quickly configure the most commonly used measurements and setups for each instrument family. Rapidly build custom test sequences with the integrated Test Flow app to automate and visualize test results without the need for instrument programming. Powerful BenchVue apps enable you to significantly reduce test development time.

Use PathWave BenchVue apps to:

  • Configure the most commonly used controls and measurements from your Keysight instruments
  • Visualize multiple measurements simultaneously
  • Easily log and export data and screen images in just a few clicks for faster analysis
  • Quickly create automated test sequences with minimal instrument knowledge
  • Access deeper instrument controls and measurement solutions
  • Save time with software that offers multiple instrument apps in one platform

 

PathWave BenchVue software works with hundreds of Keysight digital multimeters, power supplies, function/waveform generators, spectrum analyzers, data acquisition units, network analyzers, oscilloscopes, power meters, power sensors, electronic loads, universal counters and more — look for the BenchVue enabled icon for compatible products.

In This Guide:

  1. Power Supply Categories / 6
  2. Selecting the Right System and Benchtop DC Power Supply For Your Application / 7 - 10
  3. DC Voltage and Current At a Glance / 11 - 12
  4. DC Power Supply Details /13 - 20
  5. DC Electronic Load Details / 21 - 22
  6. AC Power Sources / 24 - 25
  7. Application-Specific Power Products / 26 - 38
  8. DC Power Supply Discontinuance and Replacement Products / 40 - 42

Power Supply Categories

Basic

Affordable, quiet and stable power supplies for both manual and simple computer-controlled operation. The Keysight line of basic bench power supplies is optimized to provide DC power in applications where speed and accuracy are a low consideration. These power supplies are a high-value fit for the bench and in a system rack.

Performance

Speed, precision and advanced programming features make the performance power supplies the right choice when the DC power supply is a factor in test performance. With features such as DUT protection, fast programming times and downloadable V and I sequences, these DC power supplies can reduce your risk during test and system development.

Specialty

Sometimes it is best to have a power supply with unique capabilities that are tailored to a specific application. For example, the Keysight 66300 Mobile Communications DC Sources are designed to emulate the unique characteristics of a battery for mobile device testing and maintain those characteristics even when using long load leads, such as in an ATE system. The Keysight E4360 Solar Array Simulator simulates solar panel I-V characteristics for satellite development and testing.

Modular

Keysight offers fully programmable power supplies in a modular format: the N6700 low-profile modular power system, N6705C DC power analyzer, and 66000 modular power system series. With this feature, you now have an extensive choice of power options—from basic through performance. Additionally, all modules interact in the same way at a single interface node, which simplifies system architecture and reduces cost when the test system inevitably changes.

AC sources

Keysight provides a full line of basic and performance AC sources to help you test a variety of AC-powered devices. Basic sources provide reliable power while performance sources provide advanced measurements and waveform generation.

DC electronic loads

Electronic loads sink current and dissipate power in an accurate and controlled manner. Connected to circuit under test, an electronic load provides a convenient way to vary the load on the circuit’s output in order to understand the circuit’s performance.

Selecting the Right System and Benchtop DC Power Supply For Your Application

We have designed the selection guide to make easy to pick the correct power supply based on your requirements. If your selection is driven by voltage and current requirements, please visit the tables found on pages 11 and 12. From there you can go to the product page(s) for more detail.

When you have specialized requirements that need features such as source and measure, it is quite easy to select from a set of power supplies that are designed exactly for those requirements. Refer to page 23 for specialty power products.

But when you have more complex requirements and you know the power supply is an important part of your test bench, where do you start and what do you need to consider?

Of course you need to select the right voltage and current, but there are other factors to consider when selecting a benchtop DC power supply for your applications. This guide gives a definition of the feature, states why it’s important, and tells you how to use that feature when specifying the right power supply. In addition, the product families are listed so you can quickly see which product best fits your application. With that information, you can go to the product pages for detailed specifications.

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