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PXI matrix modules showcased at SMTConnect 2019

15th April 2019
Mick Elliott

SMT Connect 2019 will provide the platform for Pickering Interfaces to show its modular signal switching and simulation solutions for use in electronic test and verification. These include the Model 40-559 BRIC Ultra-High-Density Large PXI Matrix Modules. This range of large PXI matrices are robust 1A/20W switching modules, with up to 4,096 crosspoints.

Constructed with the Pickering Electronics’ Series 120 4mm x 4mm reed relays, this new generation of 1Amp PXI matrices delivers twice the density of any competing large matrix module.

Available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes, these PXI matrices enable a complete functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis and potentially allow the use of much lower cost 8 or 14 slot PXI chassis.

The range comes with Pickering’s Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and is also supported by their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools.

Switch Path Manager Version 6.1.2 signal routing software simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software and is especially useful for large complex switching systems. It supports Pickering’s 1000 + PXI switching modules and the interconnection between them.

The latest version introduces an Auto-Detect Configurator which pre-communicates with the hardware and automatically updates the configuration, connector information, handling addressing, verification of the hardware’s existence in SPM, naming and identification—greatly minimising the initial SPM switching configuration task. Route Caching to improving routing performance is also included for the first time.

Getting the correct cable for test systems can be a lengthy and costly process. Pickering produces all the cables test engineers need and has a free-to-use design tool to speed the process. A demo will be running on the company’s stand.

Also featured on the stand will be examples of Pickering’swide range ofhigh accuracy, programmable resistor simulation modules in modular PXI and PCI formats, battery and thermocouple simulator products, plus a 4-slot LXI/USB chassis (also offered in 2 and 6 slot versions) that can accept any of their 1000+ PXI switching & simulation modules offering remote control via USB 3.0 or LXI Ethernet.

The SMTConnect exhibition takes place in Nuremberg (May 7-9).

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