Asterion AC

Model: Asterion AC 1U / 2U / 4U / 14U
Voltage: 200V - 400V
Current: 1A - 30A
Power: 500VA - 36000VA
Overview: High Performance AC power sources

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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.

NOW the Standard Warranty for all Asterion AC products is an industry-leading Five (5) Years.

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.


 

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/4U/14U chassis up to 18 kVA.
  • 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.



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

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Asterion AC Series - 1U - User Manual (rev G)
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Asterion AC Series - 2U - User Manual (rev D)
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Asterion AC Series - 4U - User Manual (rev C)
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Asterion AC Series - 14U - User Manual M330511-01 (rev B)
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Asterion AC Series SCPI Programming Manual M330100-01 (rev F)
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CI Virtual Panels Avionics Software Manual, 4994-972 Rev A
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Asterion AC Series - 1U - User Manual (rev G)
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Asterion AC Series - 2U - User Manual (rev D)
DocumentAsterion AC Series - 2U - User Manual (rev D)
Asterion AC Series - 4U - User Manual (rev C)
DocumentAsterion AC Series - 4U - User Manual (rev C)
Asterion AC Series - 14U - User Manual M330511-01 (rev B)
DocumentAsterion AC Series - 14U - User Manual M330511-01 (rev B)
Asterion AC Series SCPI Programming Manual M330100-01 (rev F)
DocumentAsterion AC Series SCPI Programming Manual M330100-01 (rev F)
CI Virtual Panels Avionics Software Manual, 4994-972 Rev A
DocumentCI Virtual Panels Avionics Software Manual, 4994-972 Rev A
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Asterion AC Series (1U, 2U 4U & 14U) Data Sheet (w/ASC)
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Asterion AC Series (1U, 2U 4U & 14U) Data Sheet (w/ASC)
DocumentAsterion AC Series (1U, 2U 4U & 14U) Data Sheet (w/ASC)
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Asterion Master Controller Flash Loader V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 MD5
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Asterion Display Firmware Updater V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
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CI Virtual Panels GUI V1.2.9 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 MD5
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Asterion 1U/2U Master Firmware Version 2.14
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Asterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V6.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing display firmware Version is V6.00 and above
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Asterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V3.09 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing display firmware Version is less than V6.00
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Asterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V15.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing firmware is Version V15.00 and above
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Asterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V9.16 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing firmware is Version less than V15.00
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Asterion Master Controller Flash Loader V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 MD5
DocumentAsterion Master Controller Flash Loader V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 MD5
Asterion Display Firmware Updater V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
DocumentAsterion Display Firmware Updater V1.0 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
CI Virtual Panels GUI V1.2.9 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 MD5
DocumentCI Virtual Panels GUI V1.2.9 for Microsoft Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
Asterion 1U/2U Master Firmware Version 2.14
DocumentAsterion 1U/2U Master Firmware Version 2.14
Asterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V6.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing display firmware Version is V6.00 and above
DocumentAsterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V6.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing display firmware Version is V6.00 and above
Asterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V3.09 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing display firmware Version is less than V6.00
DocumentAsterion 1U Front Panel Display firmware V3.09 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing display firmware Version is less than V6.00
Asterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V15.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing firmware is Version V15.00 and above
DocumentAsterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V15.00 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: Only use if the unit existing firmware is Version V15.00 and above
Asterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V9.16 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing firmware is Version less than V15.00
DocumentAsterion 2U/4U/14U Front Panel Display Firmware V9.16 (Use Asterion Display firmware updater V1.0) - Note: use Only if the unit existing firmware is Version less than V15.00
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Asterion USB VCP Driver
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2012 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2013 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2014 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2015 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2016 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2018 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
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IVI-C and IVI-COM AC Drivers V1.2.0 - 64 bit
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Asterion USB VCP Driver
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AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2012 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2012 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2013 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2013 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2014 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2014 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2015 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2015 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2016 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2016 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
AC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2018 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
DocumentAC Labview Driver V1.1 - Labview 2018 for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
IVI-C and IVI-COM AC Drivers V1.2.0 - 64 bit
DocumentIVI-C and IVI-COM AC Drivers V1.2.0 - 64 bit
IVI-C and IVI-COM Drivers V1.2.0 - 32 bit
DocumentIVI-C and IVI-COM Drivers V1.2.0 - 32 bit
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Asterion AC Series (1U, 2U 4U & 14U) Cut Sheet - English
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DocumentAsterion AC Series (1U, 2U 4U & 14U) Cut Sheet - English
Asterion AC (501/751/1501) Model Number Scheme



Avionics Test Routine Options
Option Code Description
B787 (-MC*) Avionics Electrical Power Quality Test Software - Boeing 787B3-0147 A/B/C (B787)
AMD (-MC*) Avionics Electrical Power Quality Test Software - Airbus AMD24 C (A400M)
B787 & AMD (-MC*) Avionics Electrical Power Quality Test Software - B787 & AMD
AVSTD (-MC*) Avionics Electrical Power Quality Test Software Package - includes 160 (RTCA/DO160 E/F/G), 704 (MIL-STD 704 A/B/C/D/E/F), ABD (Airbus ADB100.1.8 D/E), A350 (Airbus ADB100.1.8.1 B/C)
AVALL (-MC*) Avionics Electrical Power Quality Test Software Package - includes AVSTD, B787, AMD
* Add "-MC" to install option on all chassis in Multi-Chassis (MC) Packages.
Frequency & Clock Lock Options
Option Code Description
HF* High Frequency up to 5,000Hz
LF* Limits Output Frequency to 500Hz
FC Limits Output Frequency Control to 0.25%
LKM** Clock / Lock Master [Required Clock & Lock BNC cables and BNC Tees are included]
LKS** Clock / Lock Auxiliary [Required Clock & Lock BNC cables and BNC Tees are included]
* Mutually Exclusive
** Mutually Exclusive (Only Use LKM/LKS to create milti-phase configurations.Do not connect LKM/LKS chassis outputs together to increase output current).
Additional Options
Option Code Description
411 (-MC*) IEC61000-4-11 Voltage Dips and Interruptions
413 (-MC*) IEC61000-4-13 Interharmonics Generator
MB Upgrades ATE version chassis in a Multi-Chassis configuration to Enhanced version chassis
411 & 413 (-MC*)
MB & 411 (-MC*) Install MB on all chassis, 411 on master only in (MC) Packages
MB & 413 (-MC*) Install MB on all chassis, 413 on master only in (MC) Packages
MB & 411 & 413 (-MC*) Install MB on all chassis, 411 & 413 on master only in (MC) Packages
* Add "-MC" to install option on all chassis in Multi-Chassis (MC) Packages.

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