USB thermocouple power sensors plug directly into PCs

January 24, 2013 // By Julien Happich
Agilent Technologies' U8480 Series of USB thermocouple power sensors are based on the same front-end design as the Agilent 8480 and N8480 Series power sensors, with improved specifications, including a measurement speed of 400 readings per second, 10 times faster than the legacy series.

The U8480 Series provides the best accuracy in Agilent’s power-meter and sensor portfolio and comes with a power linearity of less than 0.8 percent. The U8480 Series covers a broader range of test applications. DC-range measurements are frequently used for source calibration, as power-measurement references, and for testing select electromagnetic compatibility. With USB functionality, U8480 Series power sensors plug directly in to PCs or USB-enabled Agilent instruments and offer users the ability to measure power without needing an external power meter or power supply.

With their built-in trigger function, the thermocouple power sensors give test engineers the ability to synchronize measurement capture without needing an external module. The internal calibration function saves time and reduces wear and tear on connectors. The units come bundled with Agilent’s N1918A Power Panel software, making the U8480 Series one of the most cost-effective solutions in the company’s power-meter and sensor portfolio.

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