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

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