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Quintech Electronics Awarded Patent for Symmetric/Asymmetric Modular RF Matrix Switch

28 November 2017

Quintech Electronics & Communications, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of RF matrix switches based in Indiana, Pennsylvania, announced that it was awarded a patent for the XTREME 256 matrix switch modular design that allows its switch chassis to be configured with either a symmetric or asymmetric number of inputs and outputs.

Unlike traditional RF switch matrices that require multiple chassis in order to scale and meet both symmetric and asymmetric input/output port requirements, Quintech’s patented modular asymmetric feature lets clients “customize” matrix sizes in a standard chassis. A single XTREME 256 chassis can be used where competing matrices would require multiple chassis. In a single chassis, the XTREME 256 supports 256 total input and output ports with a minimum of eight inputs or outputs, e.g. 8x248, 32x224, 64x192, 96x160, etc. In addition, this extremely flexible product can even be converted to other sizes while deployed in the field. For example, an XTREME 256 can be initially deployed as a 128x128 and later it can be converted to a 64x192 single chassis matrix by changing the modular hot-swappable RF cards.

“The XTREME 256 was conceived to allow Quintech to offer an off-the-shelf solution that would also represent the most optimized value and rack space to the customer,” says Tom Phelps, Vice President of Engineering of Quintech Electronics. “In addition, the amount of cabling between chassis is reduced, simplifying the installation. Should the user later decide that they need to change to a different configuration, the XTREME 256 can be converted to a new configuration by adding and/or subtracting modular RF matrix cards in the field, without a factory modification.”

“In developing the XTREME 256 several years ago, Quintech reviewed our customer configuration requirements for matrix switches and found that for many customers our standard off-the-shelf symmetric matrix did not efficiently fit the asymmetric configurations that the customer often required. For example, a 96x160 system previously required multiple partially populated chassis with increased rack space and cabling. The other option was to propose a custom product, which led to higher costs and longer lead times. We now offer the same configuration in a single 12U chassis,” says Phelps. Now, only Quintech’s patented technology uniquely allows both types of configurations to cost-efficiently fit in the same type of flexible hardware chassis. The patented technology does this in a way that simplifies and reduces the number of chassis required to scale to different symmetrical and asymmetrical input/out matrix sizes.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com


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