Pickering Interfaces LXI and PXI focussed test and switching equipment

Pickering Interfaces has continued in 2011 to regularly release a steady flow of new products in both the LXI and the PXI platforms. In addition to that all Pickering Interfaces LXI products are now fully LXI compliant to the latest 1.4 specification.

Pickering Interfaces is committed to follow the LXI standard’s evolution and adopt its newest features to improve user experience of Ethernet controlled instrumentation. 

According to Pickering Interfaces there is a demand for high pole count multiplexers in PXI based test systems where the test system will test multiple devices in sequence with minimal operator handling. The ability to move 10, 20 or more signals simultaneously from one device to another improves the efficiency of a test system. In addition, the market is demanding new matrix configurations, including these that do not fit easily in a single slot 3U module. Matrices can be expanded to make up larger configurations but the methods used are time consuming for the user to configure, often have performance implications and add costs. Amongst other products Pickering Interfaces highlights the following solutions at the show: 

  • First models in a new range of 6 GHz switch solutions. These compact switch modules offer an alternative to mechanical microwave switches for applications up to 6 GHz. Their excellent isolation and crosstalk performance combined with fast operation and long life makes them suitable for both production and development testing.
  • 40-880, Series Solid State RF Switching (first is a series of RF Switching):
  • Frequency Range 10 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Dual, Quad, Hex and Octal Versions
  • Automatic Termination of Unused Ports
  • High Isolation
  • SMA Coaxial Connectors
  • VISA, IVI & Kernel Drivers Supplied for Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Supported in PXI or LXI Chassis 
  • 40-570, DUT Mux BRIC:
  • High Density DUT Multiplexer
  • MUX Sizes Up To 6-Channel/160-Pole, 12-Channel/80-Pole, 24-Channel/40-Pole, 48-Channel/20-Pole, 96-Channel/10-Pole
  • Expandable Via Common Loop-Thru Connector
  • Maximum Switch Current of 1 A, up to 100 V with 60 W Max Power
  • Isolation Switching for Optimal Signal Integrity in Larger Systems 
  • 45-541, 6U PXI Reed Relay Matrix Module, ultra high density reed relay matrix available in 132 x 8 format with 1 pole switching. Typical applications include signal routing in functional ATE and data acquisition systems. The matrix is constructed using high reliability Sputtered Ruthenium Reed Relays, offering >10e9 operations to give maximum switching confidence with long life and stable contact resistance:
  • Switch up to 100 Vdc/70 Vac RMS, 0.5A with 10 W Max Power
  • Fast Operating Speed (typically 0.5 ms) 
  • 41-753, Single Slot Battery Simulator which is being used by mobile electronics customers to test battery management systems:
  • Remote Voltage Sense
  • Isolated Outputs
  • Output Voltage up to 6 V
  • Power supplied from PXI backplane
  • Programmable output resistance
  • Programmable current sink capability to 0.5 A for charger load simulation.

Pickering Interfaces: productronica 2015: Hall A1, Booth 433