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New high channel count microwave MUX modules from Pickering Interfaces on show at IMS 2024

17 June 2024

Pickering Interfaces, a provider of modular signal switching and simulation products for electronic test and verification, will showcase its extensive range of radio frequency (RF) and microwave switching at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2024, at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from June 18 to June 20, 2024. Visit booth 404 to explore SPDT, transfer, microwave multiplexer (MUX) and matrix switches with bandwidths from DC to 110 GHz, available in PXI, LXI and USB — as well as a new family of high channel count PXI/PXIe MUX modules.

Source: Pickering InterfacesSource: Pickering Interfaces

Part of IEEE Microwave Week, IMS is the premier annual international meeting for engineers involved in all aspects of RF and microwave engineering theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and tutorials — as well as the largest RF and microwave commercial exhibition in the world, with well over 500 companies showcasing the latest in state-of-the-art materials, devices, components, and subsystems, alongside design, simulation, and test and measurement tools.

Pickering’s new high channel count microwave MUX family (models 40/42-788) is based on superior-quality Radiall mechanical microwave switches, with bandwidth options from 8 GHz to 40 GHz, and versatile switching configurations, including single or dual SP8T, SP10T or SP12T multiplexers. As well as microwave switching applications, the modules also suit many uses across the RF spectrum where extremely low insertion loss and ultra-high isolation are critical.

“These modules give you the highest RF and microwave switching performance available within a Pickering switching system,” noted switching product manager at Pickering, Steve Edwards, “as well as the highest channel count microwave multiplexer switches available from any PXI vendor. This can result in fewer switches and associated interconnections being required for high channel count microwave switching applications, improving signal quality and ease of programming.”

In addition to the new high channel count microwave MUX modules, Pickering will also highlight the following RF and microwave switching solutions:

  • MEMS-based PXI/PXIe RF multiplexers that deliver 300 times operational life and 60 times test system throughput compared to existing electro-mechanical relay products
  • 110 GHz PXI/PXIe microwave switch — supporting 5G and semiconductor test
  • A configurable PXI microwave switch platform that allows RF test engineers to combine a wide range of high-performance relay types while minimizing chassis slot usage
  • Microwave Design Tool — a free online tool for configuring flexible PXI and LXI microwave switch products
  • Flexible LXI microwave switch platform and turnkey services for LXI microwave switch and signal routing subsystems — including an LXI microwave switching matrix demo
  • Also on show will be a selection from Pickering’s broad portfolio of other switching and sensor simulation products, along with its PXI, PXIe and LXI/USB modular chassis and supporting cables and connectors

Pickering Interfaces stands behind its manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing, availability and contact information are supplied on its website at:

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