RF and Microwave switching solutions showcasing at EuMW

6th September 2016
Anna Flockett

Showcasing their broad catalogue of PXI and Ethernet Ethernet LXI RF & Microwave switching solutions at European Microwave Week (EuMW), is Pickering Interfaces who can be found on stand 36 from 3rd to 7th October. Pickering will be showing their soon to be introduced 2-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (model 60-104).

This new chassis offers a small lightweight form factor, making it ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. It supports one or two 3U PXI modules and accepts the majority of Pickering’s PXI products. The USB compatible and LXI compliant interfaces enable the chassis to be controlled directly through standard interfaces found on most personal computers, allowing for a very cost effective route into the modular test and measurement market.

The RF & Microwave Switching solutions from Pickering 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)

Being 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)

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

All of these microwave switch modules include visual indicators of the relay setting thru 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 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 ideal 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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