|[May 01, 2014]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's First Power Device Analyzer for Power Circuit Design
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies (News - Alert) Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced the industry's first
power device analyzer for circuit design. The Agilent B1506A
is a single-box solution that automatically characterizes all power
device parameters across a wide range of operating conditions and
temperatures (-50 �C to +250 �C), at up to 1500 amps and 3 kV.
Circuit designers employ power devices in a wide range of products,
therefore requiring an accurate, thorough understanding of their
performance over a wide range of conditions. However, power device data
sheets typically show behavior across only a limited range of operating
conditions, and obtaining key datasheet parameters is not a
straightforward process. By providing an automated, easy-to-use way to
extract power device parameters, Agilent's B1506A Power Device Analyzer
for Circuit Design is well equipped to overcome these challenges.
The B1506A measures and evaluates all kinds of parameters, including IV
parameters (e.g., breakdown voltage and on-resistance); three terminal
capacitances (Ciss, Coss and Crss) with
high-voltage bias; gate charge; switching time; and power losses. It
also provides a fully automated measurement of temperature dependency
for all parameters, from -50�C to +250 �C, and seamlessly integrates
with Thermal Plate or Thermostream from inTest Corp. An intuitive GUI
makes it easy for even a novice user to extract critical device
parameters across a wide range of current, voltage and temperature
conditions. Such capabilities make the B1506A ideal for helping
designers select the right power devices for their power electronic
circuits, and for power electronics manufactuers conducting incoming
device inspection and failure analysis.
"While the power devices used in power electronics circuits are key to
meeting industry requirements for low power loss and high switching
frequency, until now no suitable solution has existed for evaluating all
of the characteristics of those devices," said Masaki Yamamoto, general
manager of Agilent's Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. "The B1506A
promises to fill this gap by providing complete characterization for
those key power devices in an automated fashion."
Some of the key features of the B1506A Power Device Analyzer include:
Measurement of all IV parameters (Ron, BV, Leakage, Vth,
Vsat, etc.), and transistor input, output and reverse
transfer capacitances (Ciss, Coss, Crss,
Cies, Coes, Cres, Rg) at
Qg curve measurement.
Thermal test capability (-50 �C to +250 �C).
Power loss (conduction, driving and switching) evaluation.
Oscilloscope view that supports visual verification of pulsed
measurement waveforms for checking real operating bias/timing point.
Unique software interface that simulates device data sheet framework,
providing an intuitive and fully automated measurement environment
that anyone can use with no training required.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent B1506A Power Device Analyzer may be ordered starting July 1.
Three models are available-Opt. H21 (20 A), Opt. H51 (500 A) and Opt.
H71 (1500 A)-with pricing from $120,000 to $160,000.
More information is available at www.agilent.com/find/B1506A.
A product image is available at www.agilent.com/find/B1506A_images.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,600
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic
measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies,
Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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