California Instruments Asterion AC Series - 500VA - 18000VA High Performance Programmable AC and DC Power Sources

Product Overview:

  • High power density in 1U/ 2U chassis up to 3kVA
  • Intuitive touch panel control
  • Innovative iX2™ current doubling technology
  • Multi-language display for global operation
  • Auto paralleling for higher power
  • Single phase 1U models and 1 or 3 phase selectable 2U models
  • Complete avionic test suites (optional)
  • ATE version available in both 1U and 2U

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Asterion - Performance. Reliance. Brilliance.
Inspired by the enduring power of a brilliant star, the California Instruments "Asterion" line of AC power sources by AMETEK Programmable Power combines intelligence and flexibility to create an advanced platform of AC solutions. This easy-to-configure design features sophisticated technology for delivering high performance, programmable AC and DC power. Its sleek design packs maximum power density into a low-profile form factor with an intuitive touch screen interface placing that power at your fingertips. Centralized control and unparalleled modularity make Asterion the most adaptable platform on the market. Its groundbreaking capabilities set the standard for affordable, precision power sources.

iX2™ current doubling technology.
All Asterion sources employ AMETEK’s latest current enhancing technology, iX2™. The iX2 current doubling technology enables output current to increase linearly up to two times the full voltage current as the voltage decreases from range maximum to one-half of range voltage. iX2 technology results in a source that delivers full power over the widest voltage ranges. This eliminates the need to buy overpowered sources just to reach low line current requirements.

Asterion Output Current Rating

Control via Front Panel Touchscreen & Encoder or available digital control interfaces
The Asterion AC Series can be operated from the intuitive, easy to use front panel touchscreen or the Ethernet LXI, USB and RS232 standard control interfaces, as well as through the optional GPIB control interfaceThe touchscreen function group icons include a Dashboard, Output Programming Parameters, Measurements, Sequencing, Configuration, Control Interfaces, Applications, and System Settings. Function selection and parameter entry can be achieved either by direct selection from the touchscreen or by using the encoder selector button. The control resolution is adjusted by a dynamic rate change algorithm that combines the benefits of precise control over small parameter changes with quick sweeps through the entire range.

Applications
The Asterion AC Series is designed for testing today’s complex electronics, including avionics, telecommunications and commercial electronics requiring low profile, light weight power sources with high power density. Other applications include:

  • Commercial and military avionics test
  • AC power simulation
  • Manufacturing and process control
  • Frequency & voltage conversion
  • IEC standards testing
  • ATE applications

Advanced Features
• High power density in 1U/2U chassis up to 3kVA.
• Intuitive touch panel control.
• iX2™ current doubling technology.
• Multi-language for global operation.
• Auto paralleling for higher power.
• Combine units for multi-phase configurations.
• Complete optional avionic test suites.
• ATE version available.

Asterion AC Virtual Panels (Graphical User Interface)
Virtual Panels allow remote control of the Asterion AC power source, as well as programming communication and monitoring for the Asterion ATE model, without front panel display.

Asterion AC Virtual Panels

The Asterion Series is available in an ATE (Automated Test Equipment) version without front panel, manual controls. Asterion Series ATE Version

Refer to Data Sheet for Complete Specifications

Manuals
Asterion AC Series - 1U - User Manual (rev C) 07/28/2016 (4.7Mb)
Asterion AC Series - 1U - Programming Manual (rev B) 07/28/2016 (1.2Mb)
Software
CI Virtual Panels GUI V1.1.6 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 06/16/2017 (96.8Mb)
Instrument Drivers
Asterion USB VCP Driver 08/12/2016 (10Kb)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2012 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
**Install corresponding IVI driver first**
04/10/2017_(730Mb)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2013 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
**Install corresponding IVI driver first**
04/10/2017_(730Mb)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2014 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
**Install corresponding IVI driver first**
04/10/2017 (730Mb)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2015 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
**Install corresponding IVI driver first**
04/10/2017 (730Mb)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2016 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
**Install corresponding IVI driver first**
04/10/2017 (950Mb)
IVI-C and IVI-COM Drivers V1.1.6 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 03/14/2017 (3.7Mb) 32 bit
03/14/2017 (4.4Mb) 64 bit

 
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More Product Information

  • Combination AC and DC Power Source
  • 40-5,000Hz Output Frequencies 
  • Arbitrary and Harmonic Waveform Generation
  • Built-In Digital Power Analyzer 
  • Scope Capture Capability
  • Power Programming Software
  • Constant Power Mode
  • Multi-Box Option
  • High Power AC Source
    • Programmable AC power for frequency conversion and product test applications
  • Expandable Power Levels
    • Available output power of 30, 45, 75 and 90 kVA per unit and multi-unit configurations for power requirements up to 180 kVA and above
  • Remote Control
    • Standard RS232, USB and IEEE-488 (GPIB) and optional LAN interfaces are available for automated test applications.

  • Precision Current Source : Ideally suited for current protection device testing
  • Single and Three Phase Modes : Built-in phase mode switch makes output configuration easy
  • 3kVA to 18kVA Power Levels : Match power source & cost to application requirements
  • Arbitrary Waveform Generator : Test products using real world current profiles including harmonic currents
  • Built-In Power Analyzer : Performs voltage & current harmonic analysis & waveform acquisition
  • Standard IEEE-448, USB and RS232C : Remote control interface for ATE system integration
  • GUI Software Suite: Allows users to access the powerful features & functions of the instrument on a Windows™ system
  • Programmable Transients : Amplitude & time control with up to 1ms resolution

  • High Power AC and DC Power Source
    • Programmable AC and DC power for frequency conversion and product test applications
  • Expandable Power Levels
    • Available output power of 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 kVA per unit and multi-unit configurations for power
      requirements up to 135 kVA and above
  • Single and Three Phase Mode
    • Phase mode programming on MX22.5-3Pi, MX30-3Pi and MX45-3Pi allows switching between single and
      three phase output modes
  • Arbitrary & Harmonic Waveform Generation
    • User defined voltage waveform and distortion programming
  • Regenerative, bidirectional “Green” Power Solution
    • Automatic crossover between Source and Sink power mode offers regenerative capabilities in AC
      mode. Regenerate up to 100% of the rated output power back to the utility grid during sink mode
      operation. ( -SNK option )
  • Remote Control
    • Standard RS232C & USB along with optional IEEE- 488 & LAN Interfaces are available for automated
      test applications

Key Features
  • Precision Voltage and Current Source 
  • 4500VA to 13500VA Output
  • Single & Three Phase Configurations
  • Computer Control for Automated Systems Remote programming and collection of measurement data
  • Separate Single Phase Outputs of up to 200A and 270V (L-N) Simulation of power levels up to 54 KW
  • Multiple Chassis Configurations for Two & Three Phase Systems Power level simulation up to 162 KW for three phase operation
  • Independent Full Capability Measurement System Monitors load parameters without additional instrumentation
  • Simulate True Power
  • Great for Testing Watt-Hour Meters

  • Multi-mode AC Electronic Load Flexible solution for a wide range of AC power test applications
  • 3000 Watt Power Dissipation Master / Auxiliary configurations for higher power and multi phase applications
  • 50 to 350 V, 45 Hz to 440 Hz Commercial, Military and Avionics applications
  • Programmable Crest & Power Factor Test AC power products for 
    real-world conditions
  • Built-in Measurements Eliminates the need for additional test equipment in bench or ATE applications
  • Remote Control IEEE-488 and RS232C Interface for automated test applications

  • Up to 15 kW in 3U, 30 kW in a 6U chassis
  • 0-10V up to 0-1000V
  • Intuitive Touch Screen Display
  • Fast Load Transient Response: Protection from undesired voltage excursions
  • Parallelable up to 150 kW
  • Sequencing: Free system controller & speed up test

  • 3000 VA to 15000 VA of AC Output Power
  • Combines AC/DC source and power analyzer
  • Harmonic analysis of Voltage and Current
  • Programmable Impedance
  • AC, DC and AC+DC Output Modes
  • Multiple Chassis Configurations
  • Powerful output transient generation
  • High Crest Factor Capability
  • Arbitrary waveform generation
  • IEC 61000-3-2 and IEC 61000-3-3

  • 750 VA to 2250 VA of AC Output Power
  • Combines AC/DC source and power analyzer
  • Harmonic analysis of Voltage and Current
  • AC, DC and AC+DC Output Modes
  • Multiple Chassis Configurations
  • Powerful output transient generation
  • High Crest Factor Capability
  • Arbitrary waveform generation
  • Single and Three Phase models available

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