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National Instruments Aust & NZ  announces its newest general purpose programmable power supplies, designed to form the foundation of automated test systems.

Offering one of the highest power densities available in PXI, the new power supplies, when programmed with NI LabVIEW software and paired with a range of PXI hardware instrumentation can help engineers create a complete, customised test solution. The new programmable power supplies are ideal for a range of applications from aerospace and defence to automotive and component testing.

According to Charles Schroeder, NI director of test systems, with the capability of the new programmable power supplies, PXI once again demonstrates its unique value in building automated test and benchtop validation systems.

By combining NI PXI hardware with LabVIEW, engineers can simplify their programming experience and quickly gain access to the latest technology – all within a thriving ecosystem. Engineers incorporating the new technologies into their automated test systems gain from technical and time-to-market advantages over those using legacy box instrument approaches.

The NI PXIe-4112 and NI PXIe-4113 modules provide high power density that saves rack space while simplifying design by eliminating the need to mix multiple instrumentation form factors.

These modules feature two 60 W power supply channels in a single PXI Express slot. The NI PXIe-4112 power supply features 60 V at 1 A per channel while the NI PXIe-4113 power supply offers 10 V at 6 A per channel. The two channels can be combined to create a single 120 W channel. Measurements can be synchronised by combining the power supplies with more than 1,500 PXI modular instruments ranging from digital multimeters to RF analysers and generators, and simply triggering the instruments across the PXI chassis backplane.

Engineers can quickly take measurements using soft front panels with an interactive user interface or build fully automated applications using the LabVIEW example programs that come with the power supplies. With seamless LabVIEW integration, engineers dramatically reduce development time while improving system scalability for a range of applications.

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