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Pulse Check

IXYS Colorado's Technical Blog

Pulse Check

Thank you for visiting the Pulse Check Blog - dedicated to the application of technology and written by and for engineers and technical application specialists. We look forward to bringing you information designed to help you design and implement high voltage and high current pulse technology in your applications. What will the combination of our pulsed technology and your design expertise make possible?

In each Pulse Check Blog post, one of our application experts will share a tip, story or best practice. Expect practical ideals that are easy to digest and implement.

Do you have a question about the application of pulsed technology? Have you found a unique or interesting application for pulsed current/voltage?

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PCX Current Pulser Voltage & Current Measurements

Posted in Troubleshooting, Laser Diode Drivers / Current Sources

PCX Current Pulser Voltage & Current Measurements
When using a PCX series current pulser, measuring both the current to the load using the IMON, and measuring the voltage across the load, at the same time, can lead to failure and damage to the pulser.

High Voltage Testing - Best Practices

Posted in Troubleshooting, Pulse Generators / Voltage Sources

High Voltage Testing - Best Practices
Good habits to practice when bench-testing a high voltage circuit.

PVX Pulsers Peak vs. Continuous Output Current

Posted in Pulse Generators / Voltage Sources

PVX Pulsers Peak vs. Continuous Output Current
The specifications for the PVX-41xx voltage pulser family show quite a difference between peak output current and continuous output current. For example, the PVX-4140 manual shows 25 A versus 100 mA. Why is that?

Slowing High Voltage Pulse Rise and Fall Times

Posted in Circuit Design, Pulse Generators / Voltage Sources

Slowing High Voltage Pulse Rise and Fall Times
In some high voltage pulsing applications, very fast rise and fall times of a few dozen nanoseconds may be too fast. If you have this issue, read on!

Quick Voltage Pulser Output Check

Posted in Troubleshooting, Pulse Generators / Voltage Sources

Quick Voltage Pulser Output Check
How do you do a quick, first-order check to see if there are pulses at the output of your high voltage pulser?

Computer Control of Multiple PCX Series Current Pulsers

Posted in Laser Diode Drivers / Current Sources

Computer Control of Multiple PCX Series Current Pulsers
Running multiple units via computer control: If you want to control more than one unit from the same computer the best and easiest way to do this is using the ethernet port.

PCX-7420 Pulse and DC Output

Posted in Laser Diode Drivers / Current Sources

PCX-7420 Pulse and DC Output
The PCX 7420 can run at both DC and pulse current output to the load. But can you alternate between the two continuously?

Current Monitoring for the PCO-6131 and PCO-6141 Laser Diode Driver Modules

Posted in Laser Diode Drivers / Current Sources

Current Monitoring for the PCO-6131 and PCO-6141 Laser Diode Driver Modules
Some users of the PCO-6131 and PCO-6141 laser diode driver modules wonder about the purpose of J1 pin 6, the Output Current Setpoint Monitor.
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