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Keysight Delivers Next-Gen Power Device Analyser

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Enables automotive OEMs and power converter designers to accelerate time to market for WBG power devices

Keysight Technologies has announced the new PD1550A Advanced Dynamic Power Device Analyzer, a next-generation Double-Pulse Tester (DPT) with enhanced capabilities that enable customers to test entire power modules faster and easier than ever before.

New, wide-bandgap (WBG) device-based power modules are now used by designers to take advantage of the device's fast-switching operation, reducing the size of the power electronic module, and ensuring efficiency. However, WBG power modules also introduce test challenges that require new solutions to properly characterize these devices while eliminating failed prototypes and reducing design cycles.

Introduced in 2019, Keysight's PD1500A Power Device Dynamic Analyzer / Double-Pulse Tester was the first complete solution for discrete WBG power device characterisation and is now used by power converter designers and power semiconductor manufacturers around the world.

Now, the new PD1550A expands beyond the PD1500A's capabilities to offer the first complete integrated solution that tests entire power modules (up to 1360 V, up to 1000 A). As a result, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Tier 1 suppliers and power converter designers can test faster and gain more insights into power module characteristics, enhancing the safety and reliability of power circuits for automotive applications.

“Leveraging Keysight's measurement expertise enables us to provide customers focused on power semiconductor components and power modules with a high-performance and double-pulse test solution,” said Thomas Goetzl, vice president and general manager for Keysight's automotive & energy solutions business unit. “The new PD1550A expands our offering into whole power module testing, which is used in high-power converter designs, while maintaining ease-of-use and compliance to worldwide safety regulations.”

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