Collection: Vector Network Analysers

Vector network analyzers (VNAs) can measure the electrical characteristics of switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) and troubleshoot problems in these systems. Here are some general steps for using a VNA with an SMPS:

  1. Set up the VNA and connect it to the SMPS. This will involve connecting the VNA to the input and output of the SMPS and to any control signals or feedback loops.
  2. Configure the VNA to measure the desired electrical characteristics of the SMPS. This may include selecting the frequency range, setting the power level, and specifying the measurement parameters.
  3. Activate the SMPS and apply a load to the output. The VNA will measure the response of the SMPS and display the results on the screen.
  4. Analyze the results to identify any problems or issues with the SMPS. The VNA measurements can determine the SMPS performance and identify any issues with the input and output impedance, the power transfer, or the control loop.
  5. Make any necessary adjustments to the SMPS to improve its performance or resolve any issues. This may involve modifying the circuit design, adjusting the control parameters, or replacing faulty components.

Following proper safety precautions when using a VNA with an SMPS is essential, as these systems can operate at high voltages and be dangerous if mishandled.