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Extensive product catalogue on show at IMS 2016

23rd May 2016
Joe Bush

The broad range of PXI of Ethernet LXI RF & Microwave switching solutions from Pickering Interfaces, including its newly announced PXI RF Multiplexer range (40-760), will be showcased at the IEEE MTT-S 2016 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) at booth 1850 on 22nd-27th May.

Pickering’s RF & Microwave Switching solutions range from low level DC signals to RF and microwave. These switching solutions can be used to increase the flexibility of test and measurement systems with signal bandwidths up to 65GHz. Configurations available within their PXI and LXI platforms include multiplexers, matrices, transfers and general purpose switches.

These RF & Microwave Switching solutions include:

PXI RF Multiplexers (series 40-760): this new range of RF Multiplexers is available in the following configurations - dual, quad and octal SP4T, single, dual and quad SP8T, single and dual SP16T and single SP32T. All of the multiplexers have versions with automatic terminations to manage VSWR effects, which could degrade the performance of a test system.

PXI Microwave Multiplexers (40-785B): designed for switching 50Ω signals up to 40GHz, they are available as a single or dual 6-channel multiplexer with relays mounted on the front panel. The single slot version can support up to three supplied remotely mounted multiplexers.

PXI Microwave Multiplexers (40-784A): support 4-way or 6-way multiplexers in single, dual or triple formats. They are characterised for 6GHz, 18GHz, 26.5GHz or 40GHz and have performance throughout their frequency range. All models occupy just two 3U PXI slots.

All of these new and improved microwave switch modules include visual indicators of the relay setting through the use of blue LEDs that indicate when a normally open path has been closed. These indicators are provided as an aid to help the user with visual checking of routing during the system debug phase of test system development.

LXI Microwave Multiplexer (60-800): this range of multiplexers is designed for switching 50Ω signals up to 26.5GHz. With the capability of supporting up to 16 banks of six channel multiplexers, it is well suited for constructing complex microwave switching systems for many applications.

Also highlighted in the booth will be their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools. These tools, designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI or LXI products, simplify switching system faultfinding by quickly testing the system and graphically identifying the faulty relays.

Pickering will also be showing a range of LXI and PXI switching, PXI chassis and PXI battery simulators.

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