What is the intelligent Power Distribution System?
The intelligent Power Distribution System (iPDS) is a flexible and easy-to-use solution for powering instrumentation, computers, and sensors of a test vehicle. The iPDS offers superior performance and reliability in a compact design and features 12 automotive independent DC relay channels.
What is included in the iPDS kit?
The iPDS comes with the intelligent Power Distribution System unit, a user-friendly touch screen display, and an easy access mount for a vehicle’s cupholder.
What makes the iPDS “intelligent”?
The intelligence comes from the iPDS constantly checking to see if each power channel is at the programed state, such as over current protection, that the relay is in working order, temperature monitoring and cooling, and blown fuse status.
Who uses this product?
Universities, startups, research institutes, OEMS, and others who are conducting autonomous research and development.
Can the iPDS only be used for ADAS testing?
The iPDS can be used for powering and any nominal 12V DC system, in the car, or on the bench. It’s well suited for power sequencing and monitoring for all sorts of applications.
Why would I use this if I could just keep all my sensors on 24/7?
All sensors have a life expectancy or MTBF. By power sequencing, it saves on wear and tear of components.
Isn’t it easier to turn all my sensors off manually?
Instead of the time-consuming act of manually turning off all test vehicle sensors, with the press of a single button you can turn off all the sensors connected to the iPDS unit with the iPDS Touch Screen display. How could it be easier than that?
What if I only want to turn specific sensors on instead of all the sensors on my test vehicle?
If you would only like to turn specific sensors on or off, you can easily program startup and shutdown scripts within the graphical user interface (GUI) of the iPDS.
Does the iPDS automatically turn off sensors if they hit a certain voltage?
No, the iPDS does not automatically turn off sensors if they hit a certain voltage. The iPDS can run 12 channels at 12V, 15A each or run at 24V at 10A each. One touchscreen display has the ability to control four units for a total of 48 channels.
What if the iPDS overheats?
The iPDS has two long life cooling fans and internal temperature sensors that prevent overheating. If the internal temperature of the iPDS reaches ~45 degrees Celsius, the fans turn on, but when the internal temperature drops below ~40 degrees Celsius the fans turn off.
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