Agilent Technologies C-Size VXIbus Systems Specifications

Agilent E8401A, E8403A, E8404A
VXI Mainframes, 13-Slot C-Size,
500 & 1000 Watt
Data Sheet
13-Slot, C-size,
500 – 1000 watts of usable power
• Efficient, quiet cooling improves VXI module performance
• Range of mainframe monitoring capabilities for confident
measurements
• Compliant with VXIbus and VXIplug&play Specifications
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Description
The Agilent Technologies E8400 Series of 13-slot, C-size VXI
mainframes provides a wide range of mainframe solutions
to meet all your test system needs. They deliver innovative
cooling technology, improved backplane design, high
reliability, easy maintenance, and versatile accessories. The
innovative air distribution system used in all three
mainframes provides extremely quiet and efficient cooling.
Selection Guide
Description:
Number of slots:
Usable power:
Monitoring:
Agilent E8404A
E8401A
E8403A
E8404A
Lowest-cost,
moderate-power
mainframe
13
500 W
Basic
Lower-cost, highpower mainframe
High-performance
mainframe
13
1000 W
Basic
13
1000 W
Enhanced
The power supply in the E8401A VXI mainframe provides
500 watts of usable power, sufficient for most automated
test applications. The power supply in the E8403A and
E8404A VXI mainframes provides 1000 watts of usable
power, sufficient for the most demanding automated test
applications. Ample dynamic and peak current capability
is provided for most applications.
The basic mainframe monitoring of the E8401A and
E8403A indicates normal operating conditions at a glance.
The enhanced monitoring of the E8404A mainframe
provides superior cooling control and details regarding
temperatures throughout the mainframe, power supply
voltages and currents, fans operation, system status,
history queue, and stripcharts or histograms for easy
diagnostics. This information is available on the full color
display or through VXIbus or RS-232 connection. A front
panel diagnostics connector on all three mainframes
allows continuous local or remote system monitoring.
These mainframes comply with the VXI Specification by
providing injector surface rails used by the QUIC easy
module insertion and extraction system. Superior cooling,
reliable design and system monitoring make any of these
mainframes an excellent choice for all VXI test system
applications.
Refer to the Agilent Technologies Website for instrument
driver availability and downloading instructions, as well as
for recent product updates, if applicable.
Superior Cooling
The innovative cooling design of these three VXI
mainframes provides extremely quiet and efficient cooling.
Carefully engineered airflow provides the ultimate in
cooling with a minimum of noise. Outstanding back
pressure performance insures airflow through dense
modules. Separate power supply cooling fan(s) provides an
independent air path for reliable cooling of the power
supply.
For all three mainframes, all fans operate in either Variable
or Full Speed mode. A two-position switch on the
mainframe’s front panel controls the speed mode. Full
Speed mode is recommended for maximum cooling and/or
if acoustic noise is not a concern; all air movers (cardcage
impeller and power supply fan(s)) operate at full capacity
at all times. In Variable Speed mode, the fan speed varies
depending on the temperature in the mainframe, and the
ambient temperature. Variable Speed mode operation
allows the quietest operation while providing sufficient
cooling for the modules in the mainframe.
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Airflow is conveniently routed into the rear and exhausted
out the sides of the mainframe. This allows mainframes to
be stacked or rack-mounted directly on top of one another.
Improved, Highly Reliable Backplane Design
The backplane of all three mainframes features solid state
automatic daisy-chain jumpering for the VMEbus grant and
interrupt acknowledge lines, eliminating the need for hand
selection of switch settings. Full differential distribution of
the CLK10 signal is provided on the backplane. This
minimizes jitter and skew, providing a clean timing source
for VXI instrument modules. The surface mount backplane
improves both reliability and stripline signal performance.
Agilent generates SYSRESET and ACFAIL on the backplane.
This is necessary for full compliance with the VXI
Specification, but is not generally implemented by other
manufacturers.
Easy Maintenance Rear-Accessible Power Supply and
Impeller
Convenient access to the power supply and cooling
systems of all three mainframes, and the monitoring
system of the E8404A, is provided through the mainframe’s
rear panel. A replacement power supply or fan can be
installed without removing the mainframe from a rack. The
power supply’s plug-in design makes repair easy.
The E8404A monitor control board and the impeller for
module cooling are easily replaced. The internal fan for the
power supply, an integral part of the supply, is easily
replaced with the power supply itself. If the optional Air
Filter Accessory Kit is installed, air filters may be replaced
without tools.
At-a-Glance Confidence in Operation
The front panel indicator lights on all three VXI mainframes
give immediate visual indication that the power supply
voltages are operating within the VXI Specification, the
temperatures are within limit, and that the fans are
operational. Backplane activity and SYSFAIL indicators are
also provided.
The system can be reset easily from the front panel of all
three mainframes, providing reset even when the Slot 0 is
inaccessible due to cabling.
The diagnostic connector, conveniently located on the front
of all three mainframes, provides connection for remote
monitoring of power supply voltages, power supply and
reference temperatures, and fans function. This connector
also allows remote on/standby, access to +5VSTDBY,
ACFAIL, and SYSRESET. The connector’s functionality is a
superset of the functionality on the E1401B mainframe,
allowing software and hardware compatibility with existing
applications. Up to 1 A of +5VSTDBY may be provided by
the user through the connector. Up to 1 A each of +5 V and
+12 V are available for external applications through the
connector.
E8404A Enhanced Monitoring
• VXIbus or RS-232 communication
• Three temperature sensors per slot
• Cooling control
• Power supply voltage and current
• Stripcharts and histograms for easy diagnostics
• Audible warnings of over-limit conditions
• History queue
• VXIplug&play WIN Framework driver
• English, French, German, and Spanish language support
On the E8404A, temperature monitoring includes module
exhaust temperatures at three points on every slot, power
supply temperature and ambient temperature.
Measurements at the front, center and rear of every slot
provide an accurate assessment of the temperature
fluctuations over a variety of cards, whose hottest
components may vary in position. Display screens are
provided for overall temperature map, temperature limits
set, stripcharts and histograms of each slot.
E8404A temperature monitoring is also used for cooling
control. Both the absolute temperature of the slots and the
temperature rise over ambient temperature are measured.
Cooling speed is increased when either an absolute
temperature or a temperature rise approaches its respective
limit. The user may adjust these control limit ranges
programmatically.
Speeds of the E8404A power supply fans and the impeller
are displayed as a percentage of full speed and as the
number of rotations per minute.
All seven voltages, +5VSTDBY and the optional usersupplied external 5 V power are measured on the E8404A.
Current monitoring is provided and power is calculated for
each power supply voltage. Overview display screens are
provided for all these data; more detailed information is
also available in stripcharts and histograms. These values
are visible on the display and are available through the VXI
and RS-232 interfaces.
On the E8404A, warning alarms occur when a temperature
is over limit, power supply voltages are out of VXI
specification, when current or total power exceeds user set
limits, or for certain user-defined conditions. A beeper
provides audible warnings; it is enabled or disabled through
a SCPI command or through the front panel keys.
State-of-the-art enhanced monitoring is provided on the
E8404A VXI mainframe. The enhanced monitor board plugs
into the backplane from the rear of the mainframe; it does
not occupy a slot in the mainframe or tie up a MODID line.
The enhanced monitor includes a maintenance timer. This
timer may be set, queried, and reset by the user for support
of scheduled maintenance activities, such as cleaning the
optional air filter.
The E8404A enhanced monitoring is message based,
allowing easy communication with the mainframe for the
user over RS-232 or through the VXIbus. SCPI commands
are used to address the mainframe. A VXIplug&play WIN
Framework driver is provided.
The enhanced monitor may operate independently of line
power by using an external +5 V power supply. When line
power goes down, communication with the enhanced
monitor is possible via the RS-232 interface.
With the E8404A, a remote power-on signal is available via
the diagnostic connector’s "remote on signal" or through a
SCPI command.
Localization enables the user to select English, French,
German, or Spanish languages on the display for ease of
operation worldwide.
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E8404A Color Graphics Display
A full color graphical display on the front of the E8404A
VXI mainframe provides frame status, including:
• Temperatures at front, center and rear of every slot
• Ambient and power supply temperatures
• Power supply voltages
• Power supply currents
• Total power
• Fans speeds
• User-defined text messages
• System log and timer
• History
VXIplug&play Compliant Adapter Kit
The VXIplug&play Compliant Adapter Kit (Opt. 925 or
E8400-80925) provides rack mounting compatible with the
VXIplug&play VPP-8 Specification for ease of interconnect
with MAC Panel, Virginia Panel, TTI Testron or other
VXIplug&play-compatible ICA receivers. The Adapter Kit
locates the mainframe in the position prescribed by the
VXIplug&play Systems Alliance and provides four
mounting holes for attachment of the receiver adapter
frame. The VXIplug&play Compliant Adapter Kit requires
the E3663AC Support Rail Kit or the 1494-0411 Rack Slide
Kit.
Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) Accessories
Accessories and Configurations
(Applicable to all three mainframes)
Optional Rack Mounting Kits
Three rack mounting kits are available for the mainframe,
providing versatile options for installation in an Agilent or
non-Agilent rack. The following rack mounting kits are
available: Standard Adapter Kit, Flush Mount Adapter Kit
and VXIplug&play Compliant Adapter Kit.
Standard Adapter Kit for Recess, Flush or Forward Rack
Mounting
Using the Standard Adapter Kit (E8394A), the mainframe
can be recess mounted up to 10.6 inches in ∼1/2 inch
increments. (Recess mounting is required for compatibility
with the tinted acrylic door.) The mainframe can also be
mounted extended from the front of the rack from 0 to 5.8
inches in ∼1/2 inch increments, allowing mounting in racks
with shallow depths. The Standard Adapter Kit includes
handles and requires the E3664AC Support Rail Kit or the
1494-0411 Rack Slide Kit.
Flush Mount Adapter Kit
The Flush Mount Adapter Kit (Opt. 924 or E8400-80924),
the least expensive of the adapter kits, allows flush rack
mounting of the mainframe. It does not include handles.
The Flush Mount Adapter Kit requires the E3664AC
Support Rail Kit. The Flush Mount Adapter Kit is not
compatible with the tinted acrylic door or with the rack
slides.
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The standard mainframe is suitable for the majority of
applications. However, for EMC-sensitive applications, a
Chassis Shield Kit, Backplane Connector Shields, and EMC
Filler Panels are available.
Chassis Shield Kit
The Chassis Shield Kit (E8400-80919) is used to provide
additional isolation or shielding between noisy or sensitive
modules. These newly designed, patent pending chassis
shields are easy to install and are grounded in all four
corners.
Backplane Connector Shields
Backplane Connector Shields (Opt. 918 or E8400-80918)
are useful for improving the ground connection between a
module and the backplane. For a few modules, they are
necessary for EMC compliance to EN55011 and CISPR11.
For the vast majority of modules, they are not necessary.
Note that these shields are only useful if the module
includes contacts conforming to VXI Spec B.7.2.3.
EMC Filler Panels
EMC Filler Panels (E8400-60202) are used to provide a
continuous connection across the front opening of the
mainframe. All Agilent modules include EMC contacts to the
adjacent slot. Using EMC Filler Panels in the empty slots
completes the connection and reduces radiated emissions
and increases radiated and ESD immunity.
Optional Air Filter
Air filters are not necessary on these mainframes. However,
an optional Air Filter Kit (E8395A) is available for use in
demanding environments. The airflow is reduced less than
10% with a clean air filter installed.
Cable Routing
Warranty
In rack-mount installations, cables can be routed to the
front of the mainframe or from below the mainframe. The
optional Cable Tray (E8393A) allows cable routing under
the mainframe. The Cable Tray may be mounted to provide
three different heights: one EIA rack unit (44.5 mm), two
EIA rack units, and halfway between one and two EIA rack
units. It is compatible with the E3664AC Support Rail Kit
and the 1494-0411 Rack Slide Kit. If the mainframe is used
on a benchtop, the mainframe feet may be removed and
reinstalled on the bottom of the Cable Tray.
Agilent Technologies provides a standard 3-year return-toAgilent warranty on these mainframes. Opt. W01 converts
the standard warranty to 1-year on-site.
Optional Door
An optional Tinted Acrylic Door (Opt. 915 or E8400-80915)
is available for use in rack-mount installations. All the
modules installed in the mainframe are accessible when this
door is open. The door hinges on the right so that its latch
mechanism occupies the space outside Slot 0, allowing the
door to close with the minimum recess into the rack. Its
hinges are a lift-off type so that the door may be easily
removed when open. The door is fabricated of acrylic to
provide adequate strength and superior scratch resistance
when compared to polycarbonate. The Tinted Acrylic Door
Kit requires and is compatible with the Standard Adapter
Kit (E8394A) only.
Product Specifications
Mechanical
Mainframe height:
352 mm (13.9 inches)(8 EIA rack units)
Mainframe width:
424.5 mm (16.7 inches)
Mainframe depth:
631 mm (24.9 inches)
Mainframe weight, E8401/03A:
24 kg (53 lbs.)
Mainframe weight, E8404A:
25 kg (55 lbs.)
Power
E8401A
Temperature range:
0-55° C
0-55° C
Available power (90-264 Vac):
686 W
1902 W
Usable power (110-264 Vac):
500 W
1000 W
Usable power (90-110 Vac):
500 W
950 W
Available Current
E8401A
E8403A/E8404A
Voltage
Peak
Current
IMP (Amps)
@ 55° C:
Dynamic
Current
IMD (Amps)
@ 55° C:
Peak
Current
IMP (Amps)
@ 55° C:
Dynamic
Current
IMD (Amps)
@ 55° C:
+5 V:
+12 V:
–12 V:
+24 V:
–24 V:
–5.2 V:
–2 V:
50 A
6A
4A
4A
4A
20 A
10 A
5A
1A
1A
1A
1A
2A
1A
90 A
15 A
15 A
15 A
15 A
60 A
30 A
9A
2.5 A
2.5 A
5A
5A
8A
5A
Documentation
The mainframe documentation consists of a User and
Service Manual that is included with the mainframe. The
manual is also distributed on the Agilent Universal
Instrument Drivers CD-ROM supplied with the mainframe
and a variety of other Agilent VXI products. It is also
available on the Agilent Technologies Website. This
documentation describes all mechanical aspects for the
mainframe and its accessories.
E8403A/E8404A
Power Input
Input voltage:
90-264 Vac (single continuous range)
Input frequency:
47-66 Hz (across full input voltage range)
360-440 Hz: Not recommended. Leakage currents may
exceed safety limits, 132 Vac max.
Inrush current
Not recommended. Input connector is not certified for
DCV input.
100 Vac input:
264 Vac input:
E8401A
25 A typ.
55 A typ.
DCV input:
E8403A/E8404A
40 A typ.
70 A typ.
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E8401A/03A/04A Cooling Specification Charts
Power Switch
• On/Standby switch on front with lighted indicator.
• May be switched to On/Standby remotely via diagnostic
connector (E8404A only).
• May be switched to On/Standby via SCPI command
(E8404A only).
+5VSTDBY
(Power may be provided by the user to the +5VSTDBY bus on the VXI backplane.)
Current:
1 A max
Voltage range:
5.25 V max., 4.875 V min.
Connector:
Pins 8 and 21 of the diagnostic
connector
External +5VSTDBY (E8404A only)
(Power may be provided by the user to operate the enhanced monitor in the
absence of line power.)
Current:
500 mA min. (needed for enhanced
monitor operation),1.5 A max. on
connector.
Voltage range:
5.25 V max., 4.875 V min.
Connector:
Rear panel
Power Supply Protection
All voltages are protected from over-temperature, overvoltage, over-current, short-to-ground and short-to-otheroutput. Protection mode is full shutdown. Recovery occurs
when the fault condition is removed and power on/standby
is cycled.
Airflow and Cooling
Airflow
Airflow is routed into the rear and exhausted out the upper
sides of the mainframe. Allow 50 mm of clearance for
proper air flow.
Fan Speed
(Cooling Mode, High or Variable, switchable on the front panel. Controls both
module impeller and power supply fan.)
High fan speed mode:
Full airflow all the time
Variable fan speed mode:
Fan speed increments through 8
discrete speeds as a function of
ambient, module, and power supply
temperatures.
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VXI-8 Specification Draft 2.0. Fixture revision 1.7.
• VXI-8 Standard Modules installed in all other slots.
• Performance shown for Worst Slot (slot 1) and Best Slot
(slot 10).
• Front-to-Rear Variance 13% worst case. Typically 10%-12%
in most slots.
• Fans on Full Speed. Minimum airflow is approximately
50% with fans on Variable Speed.
• Air Filter Kit not installed. Airflow is reduced
approximately 10% with clean air filters installed.
• Measurements taken at 1,500 m altitude.
All other slots blocked. Airflow decreases as additional
slots are opened.
• Performance shown for Worst Slot (slot 2). Airflow is
greater in all other slots.
• Fans on Full Speed. Minimum airflow is approximately
50% with fans on Variable Speed.
• Air Filter Kit not installed. Airflow is reduced
approximately 10% with clean air filters installed.
• Measurements taken at 1,500 m altitude.
Environmental
Temperature
Operating temperature range:
Storage temperature range:
0° C – +55° C
–40° C – +75° C
Humidity
Operating humidity range:
Storage humidity range:
Up to 95% RH from 0° C to +40° C
Up to 65% RH from +40° C to +55° C
Up to 95% RH from 0° C to +55° C
Up to 65% RH from +55° C to +75° C
Backplane Specifications
• Solid-state automatic daisy-chain jumpering for BUS
GRANT and IACK signals.
• Full differential distribution of CLK10.
• ACFAIL* and SYSRESET* in full compliance with the
VMEbus and VXIbus Specifications.
• Surface mount construction and no sockets for maximum
reliability.
Acoustic Noise
Basic Monitor Specifications
(Applicable to all three mainframes)
Backplane shielding:
(Sound power at bystander position one meter in front of mainframe)
High-speed fan:
55 dBA
Variable fan on low speed:
Shielding
Front panel EMC gasketing:
Intermodule chassis shielding:
Indicators:
Switches:
Diagnostic connector:
• Power-on or Standby status
• Power supply output voltages
monitor
• Power supply temperature monitor
• Fans status monitor
• Backplane activity monitor
• Backplane SYSFAIL monitor
• On/Standby
• Fan Mode: Switches all fans
between Full Speed and Variable
Speed modes
• Reset: Asserts backplane signals
SYSRESET and ACFAIL
• Output all 7 backplane voltages
for monitoring
• Output +5 V and +12 V for remote
applications. 1A max each
• Input +5VSTDBY to backplane. 1A
max total for pins 5 and 18
• Remotely operate On/Standby
• Power supply temperature output
• Reference temperature output
• Fans OK output, same as Fans
indicator
• Backplane voltages OK output
• SYSRESET*, input or output
• ACFAIL*, output
• Ground
42 dBA
Front panel gasketing provided per
VXI
Rev. 1.4, B.7.2.3
Backplane connector shields per VXI
Rev. 1.4, B.7.2.3
Intermodule chassis shields per VXI
Rev. 1.4, B.7.3.4
Altitude: Up to 3000 m
Standards Compliance
• 100% compatible with the VXIbus Specification
Revision 1.4
• E8404A command set compatible with IEEE-488.1,
IEEE-488.2, and SCPI-1995.0
Repair
(Diagnosis and troubleshooting through the front panel monitor and
connector.)
MTTR = Mean Time to Repair
MTTR, power supply:
<10 min. (w/mainframe and modules
fully installed in rack)
MTTR, impeller and/or fan:
<10 min. (w/mainframe and modules
fully installed in rack)
MTTR, E8404A enhanced monitor
control board:
<5 - 10 min. (w/mainframe and
modules fully installed in rack)
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E8404A Enhanced Monitoring
Function
Interface
VXI
RS-232
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Module absolute, ∆T, ambient
Modules, ambient
Modules, ambient
Out-of-limit conditions
Voltages:
Current:
Power:
Voltage Limits:
Current Limits:
Power Limits:
Stripcharts:
Histograms:
Warnings:
7 VXI, 5VSTDBY
7 VXI
Calculated (V*I)
Fixed
7 VXI
Total
7 VXI, 5VSTDBY, total, PSTemp
7 VXI, 5VSTDBY, total, PSTemp
Out-of-limit conditions
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Fan Monitor
Fan speed: % full, RPM
Stripcharts: RPM
Histograms: RPM
Fan speed control:
Warnings:
Module impeller, PS fans
Module impeller, PS fans
Module impeller
Closed loop control in Var mode
Out-of-limit conditions
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
History
System log:
Maintenance timer:
History queue:
Min/max values:
Histograms:
Hrs on, last cal, etc.
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
Output
Output
Output
Time Base
Accuracy:
Aging:
Resolution:
± 120 ppm
± 5 ppm/year
2 sec
Test & Calibrate
Calibration:
Self-test:
Temperature, voltage
Output
Input
In/Out
Input
In/Out
VXI device type:
LADD:
Device code:
Message-based servant, programmableinterrupter,
statically-addressed, A16 device
Rear panel switch
618
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
RS-232 Interface
Baud rate:
Parity:
Character size:
Pace:
Hardware handshake:
300, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600
Even, Odd, None
7,8
Xon/Xoff, None
RTS
Output
Output
Output
Output
Output
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
Display
Resolution:
Colors:
Type:
Size:
Average bulb life:
Language support:
User-defined messages:
Display contrast:
Screen saver On/Off:
Beeper On/Off:
256 x 64 pixels
16
Liquid Crystal Display
92mm x 25mm
25,000 hours
English, French, German, Spanish
200 characters, 4 lines max
Output
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
In/Out
Power Monitor
VXI
13 slots, front/mid/rear
Display
Module exhaust temperature:
Ambient temperature:
Power supply temperature:
Temperature limits:
Stripcharts:
Histograms:
Warnings:
Temperature Monitor
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Specification
Event description & time
Temperature, power supply, fans
Temperature, power supply, fans
Attaching the Rack Mount Adapter to the Mainframe
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