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Feb 8, 2023

Asterion AC Series

The California Instruments Asterion AC Series of power sources combines intelligence and flexibility to create an advanced platform of AC solutions in 1U, 2U, 4U, and 14U.

Inspired by the enduring power of a brilliant star, the California Instruments Asterion AC Series of power sources by AMETEK Programmable Power combines intelligence and flexibility to create an advanced platform of AC solutions. This easy-to-configure design features sophisticated technology for delivering high performance, programmable AC and DC power. Its sleek design packs maximum power density into a low-profile form factor with an intuitive touch screen interface placing that power at your fingertips. Centralized control and unparalleled modularity make Asterion the most adaptable platform on the market. Its groundbreaking capabilities set the standard for affordable, precision power sources.

The Standard Warranty for all Asterion AC products is an industry-leading Five (5) Years.

iX2™ current doubling technology.

All Asterion sources employ AMETEK’s latest current enhancing technology, iX2™. The iX2 current doubling technology enables output current to increase linearly up to two times the full voltage current as the voltage decreases from range maximum to one-half of range voltage. iX2 technology results in a source that delivers full power over the widest voltage ranges. This eliminates the need to buy overpowered sources just to reach low line current requirements.

Control via Front Panel Touchscreen & Encoder or available digital control interfaces

The Asterion AC Series can be operated from the intuitive, easy to use front panel touchscreen or the Ethernet LXI, USB and RS232 standard control interfaces, as well as through the optional GPIB control interfaceThe touchscreen function group icons include a Dashboard, Output Programming Parameters, Measurements, Sequencing, Configuration, Control Interfaces, Applications, and System Settings. Function selection and parameter entry can be achieved either by direct selection from the touchscreen or by using the encoder selector button. The control resolution is adjusted by a dynamic rate change algorithm that combines the benefits of precise control over small parameter changes with quick sweeps through the entire range.


The Asterion AC Series is designed for testing today’s complex electronics, including avionics, telecommunications and commercial electronics requiring low profile, light weight power sources with high power density. Other applications include:

  • Commercial and military avionics test
  • AC power simulation
  • Manufacturing and process control
  • Frequency & voltage conversion
  • IEC standards testing
  • ATE applications

Advanced Features

  • High power density in 1U/2U/4U/14U chassis up to 18 kVA.
  • Intuitive touch panel control.
  • iX2™ current doubling technology.
  • Multi-language for global operation.
  • Auto paralleling for higher power.
  • Combine units for multi-phase configurations
  • Complete optional avionic test suites.
  • ATE version available
  • CSW5550 Emulation on AST6003A1 model

Asterion AC Virtual Panels (Graphical User Interface)

Virtual Panels allow remote control of the Asterion AC power source, as well as programming communication and monitoring for the Asterion ATE model, without front panel display.

The Asterion Series is also available in an ATE (Automated Test Equipment) version without front panel, manual controls.