Agilent's U3606A is a combination of a 5 Â˝-digit digital
multimeter (DMM) and a 30W dual-range dc power supply. The DMM and power supply
can operate simultaneously and independently, providing efficient, affordable
testing and saving space on the bench or in a rack. The feature-packed U3606A
is an innovation, establishing a new category of space-saving instrumentation
with its launch. The hybrid instrument is ideal for basic instrument users in
the general purpose market, including consumer electronics, semiconductor and
communication segments. Unlike DMM and power supplies that offer only single
functionality but require separate controls, the U3606A operates simultaneously
and independently to simplify test setup and system integration. The new hybrid
conveniently combines a 5Â˝-digit DMM and 30-W power supply in a single unit,
without compromising the functions on both instruments. U3606A provides niche
four-wire milliohm measurements that are traditionally accomplished through milli-ohmmeters.
This enables tests particularly in semiconductor or coil contact applications. U3606A
introduces on-board sweep function for multi-level DC bias test that usually
requires software control. Auto ramp or scan modes enable sweep test using the
front panel, without any programming involved. This hybrid allows up to 10,000
steps of ramp level in a user-defined time. It simplifies setup configuration
for reliability test and power on/off test. The U3606A improves
productivity by introducing niche features to stretch test capabilities. It is
affordable, space- and cost-saving and simplifies test setup.
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