The PWS4000 series programmable DC power supply and the PWS2000 series DC power supply from Tektronix are bench instruments are part of a master plan to provide a complete set of instruments connect through a common PC software for integrated test tasks.
The power supplies compliment the FCA3000/3100 and MCA3000 series timer/counter/analyzers also introduced by Tektronix today.
The PWS4000 series provides up to 72V output voltage with 0.03 percent basic voltage accuracy and 0.05 percent basic current accuracy. The PWS2000 series also provides up to 72V output voltage with 0.05 percent basic voltage accuracy and 0.2 percent basic current accuracy.
Combined with a specification of less than 5 mVp-p noise and ripple on the output, these models provide up to 0.1 mA and 1 mV resolution.
A built-in list mode allows users to define up to seven lists with up to 80 steps per list. Lists can be configured to step through the sequence based on external triggers or front panel button presses. Alternately, users can specify the duration for each step and the instrument will automatically step through the sequence.
A numeric keypad provides direct key-in entry, and there are up to 40 user-defined setup memories.
The PWS4000 series also provides plug and play connectivity to a personal computer with its USB device port. Since the instruments are USBTMC compliant, they can be controlled using any software development tool that supports this industry standard protocol.
To automate tasks requiring multiple test instruments, customers can use the included LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition software from National Instruments to remotely control supported Tektronix instruments from a Windows-based personal computer.
This offers the ability to perform measurements, analyze data across multiple instruments, capture and save results, and create reports. A more advanced version of SignalExpress software is available at additional cost and adds additional analysis, data logging and simulation capabilities.
The PWS2000 series starts at $389 and the PWS4000 series starts at $865 and includes LabVIEW SignalExpress, Limited Tektronix Edition from National Instruments.