RF & Microwave

IMS 2019: Pickering's wide range of switch modules and chassis

28 May 2019

PXI dual SPDT RF switch, 8 GHz 50Ω SMA, terminated. Source: Pickering InterfacesPXI dual SPDT RF switch, 8 GHz 50Ω SMA, terminated. Source: Pickering Interfaces

Pickering Interfaces, a supplier of modular signal switching and simulation solutions for use in electronic test and verification, will be featuring several of its products at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The 2019 edition of the trade show runs June 2-7 in Boston.

Among those products is the company’s 13-model family of PXI 8 GHz solid-state RF switches, which includes SPDT, SP4T, SP6T, SP8T, SP16T and 4x4 Matrix devices. According to a press release, the series 40-88xA high-performance switch family now covers 10 MHz to 8 GHz in the modular PXI format for ease of system integration. All units feature automatic termination of unused switch channels, up to 36 dBm input power handling and excellent RF performance characteristics.

Pickering will also be showing its USB/LXI chassis family including the 60-104 two-slot chassis and 60-105 four-slot chassis. Both versions offer a small, lightweight form/factor for portable, benchtop and space-restrictive applications. Both are controlled remotely via USB 3 or 1000-BaseT Ethernet, allowing switching to be sited close to the device under test (DUT); this minimizes cable lengths and preserves RF performance. The 60-105 chassis will be shown containing 3 x SP4T and 3 x SP6T 26.5 GHz switches, demonstrating its flexibility when used in conjunction with Pickering’s range of approximately 250 PXI RF/microwave switch modules.

In addition, the company’s larger 60-103B LXI 18-slot rack-mount chassis will showcase a variety of Pickering’s high-performance PXI RF and microwave switch modules, from 300 MHz to 65 GHz. This will include several terminated switches, where unused channels are automatically terminated in 50Ω for more consistent RF performance. Most of the microwave switches to be shown have LEDs on the front panels to show the energized switch paths, which can be a very useful feature for test program debugging.

Other products of Pickering’s RF/Microwave product family will also be on display, such as the 40-745-117 RF switch module and the 40-785-521-T terminated switch.

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