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Mentor Graphics Launches Industrial Power Tester 1500A for Power Cycle Testing

Power Tester 1500A

The MicReD Power Tester 1500A from Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics has released the new MicReD Industrial Power Tester 1500A for power cycling and thermal testing components. The tester simulates and measures lifetime performance. It is applicable for electronics in automotive and transportation industries, as well as renewable energy applications.

The Power Tester 1500A is based on Mentor Graphics’ T3Ster advanced thermal tester, and provides fully-automated power cycling and testing for comprehensive data and failure cause assessment. It also analyzes in “real-time” to include die-attach wire bond separations, die and package stack-up and cracks and solder fatigue, the company states.

The device can perform power cycling tests of metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors, insulated-gate bipolar transistors and power diodes. It also includes a touch-screen interface to provide information such as current and voltage during testing. Users can also conduct cycling and thermal transient measurements without needing to remove test components from their environment.

Additional features of the MicReD Power Tester 1500A include simultaneous sample testing abilities, continuous power cycling and the ability to apply different powering strategies during operation.

“Our MicReD Power Tester 1500A serves the growing demand for power electronics components that need to perform under extreme conditions with high reliability,” said Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. “We’re leveraging our expertise in thermal characterization and testing to deliver a product for industrial applications, where we see great potential.”

For more information, visit Mentor Graphics.

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