New Industry Products

DATEL Announces the DTL2A Digitally Programmable Electronic Load

March 26, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

DATEL Inc. (Mansfield, MA), a leader in dc/dc converter products, announced the initiation of its horizontal integration into the areas of power-supply, burn-in and test components. The DTL2A is the first member of a family of digitally programmable electronic loads and their respective controller boards that facilitate burn-in and rapid, precise testing of power supplies, power components and all manner of other power devices.

The DTL2A is a digitally programmable, serial-input electronic load. It is essentially a digitally controlled current source that can sink currents from 0A to 20A, at loading voltages from 2.5V to 50V, up to a maximum power of 100W. The DTL2A accepts a serialized, 12-bit, digital input word and then shifts the data to a buffered latch. The registers drive an on-board, 12-bit digital-to-analog converter whose output drives a near-ideal, current-controlled current source.

The DTL2A is packaged in a thermally efficient, 2" x 2" x 0.5" metal package that has an aluminum baseplate with sleeves for easy pcb mounting and/or external heatsink attachment. DTL2A electronic loads are priced at $249 for singles and $125 in 100-piece units. Small quantities and free evaluation units for qualified OEMs are available from stock. Production quantities require four to eight weeks.