Test & Measurement

High density matrix switch card extends platform capabilities

6th February 2019
Alex Lynn

Provider of globally-deployed innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organisations, Marvin Test Solutions, has announced the release of the new GX6188 High Density Matrix 6U PXI switch card for test applications with high I/O count and multiple test system resource switching requirements.

The GX6188 is compatible with standard 6U PXI chassis as well as Marvin Test Solutions’ GENASYS platform which includes complete turnkey test systems, subsystems, and modular instrumentation.

The GENASYS architecture incorporates ‘any resource to any pin’ architecture and the innovative end-to-end switching software, SwitchEasy, greatly simplifying the routing of signals from an instrument resource to the UUT as well as preventing the routing or connection of signals which could damage the system or UUT. Additionally, GENASYS switching modules include on-board circuitry for counting and recording the total number of relay closures, providing prognostic data for predicting relay life.

Building on the innovative, performance architecture of the GENASYS switching platform, the GX6188 features an integral, three-dimensional 104x8x8 switching architecture which accommodates multiple resources and facilitates the creation of larger switch matrices through the interconnection of multiple cards to the eight-wire global bus which is available on the GX6188’s front panel. This allows users to create multiple high-density configurations such as 208x8x16, 312x8x24, 416x8x32, etc.

“The GENASYS platform delivers the flexibility and performance that our customers are looking for when designing complex test solutions for mission-critical LRUs and systems,” said Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), CEO of Marvin Test Solutions. “The GX6188 is ideal for high I/O count, mixed-signal test applications and was selected to be part of the new USAF Bomber Armament Tester (BAT) for these reasons.”

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