Low Voltage Power supply for QWAD

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We are using Agilent 3633A Low Voltage linear power supply (User Guide). We are using this unit in the mode which has 8V maximum voltage output.

We are using two units, one being used for giving -5V and GND and the second unit configured to give GND and +5V. The PS(power supply) unit giving +5V sends typically a current of 1.56A, whereas the unit giving -5V has a typical current of 0.36A. The load of this PS (QWAD boards) have a very low output impedance (~3.2 ohm).

We are using 120 feet of cable of 12 AWG (resistance: 0.00187 ohm/foot) between the PS and the QWADs. Another 120 feet cable of 22 AWG (resistance: 0.0190 ohm/foot) is used for sensing the voltage at the load. The power supply senses the "actual voltage" at the load, using the sense wires and (if needed) increases the voltage output to compensate for the voltage drop along the wire, so as to eventually maintain the desired voltage of 5.0V at the load.

Present Setting

  • OVP( Over Voltage Protection): 5.6 V per QWAD board (5.0 V needed)
  • OCP (Over Current Protection) in +ve supply unit: 1.8A per board (1.56 A needed)
  • OCP (Over Current Protection) in -ve supply unit: 0.4A per board (0.36 A needed)