Pickering Interfaces to show PXI 
and LXI switching systems

Pickering Interfaces to show PXI 
and LXI switching systems

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Pickering will be showing their soon to be introduced 2-slot USB/LXI modular chassis (model 60-104) – this latest 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 the company’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.

Switching systems on show range from low-level DC signals to RF and microwave. These switching systems can be used to increase the flexibility of test and measurement systems with signal bandwidths up to 65 GHz. Configurations available within their PXI and LXI platforms include multiplexers, matrices, transfers and general-purpose switches.

RF and microwave switching systems include:

  • Series 40-760 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.
  • Model 40-785B PXI microwave multiplexers – designed for switching 50 Ω signals up to 40 GHz. 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.
  • Model 40-784A PXI microwave multiplexers – support 4-way or 6-way multiplexers in single, dual or triple formats. They are characterized for 6 GHz, 18 GHz, 26.5 GHz, or 40 GHz 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 through 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.
  • Model 60-800 LXI microwave multiplexer – this range of multiplexers is designed for switching 50 Ω signals up to 26.5 GHz. 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 at the show will be the company’s eBIRST switching system test tools. These tools, designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI or LXI products, simplify switching system fault finding 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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