Latest switching modules and chassis on show at SMT Hybrid Packaging

Paul Boughton

Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of signal switching and conditioning solutions, will be showcasing its latest switching modules and chassis at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2014 on May 6-8, 2014 in booth 6-321. These products include Pickering’s PXI, RF Matrix, Microwave Multiplexer and LXI ranges.

The PXI RF Solid State 6 GHz Multiplexers (40-88X) range includes an SP8T (8:1) MUX occupying two PXI slots and an SP16T (16:1) MUX occupying three PXI slots. Each MUX uses solid-state switches that ensure fast switch operation time of 50µs, very repeatable performance and a virtually infinite service life when used within ratings. The designs have been carefully optimised for VSWR performance and insertion loss. 

PXI Microwave Multiplexer Updates (40-784A) supports one, two or three microwave multiplexers and the multiplexers can be ordered with either 4 or 6-way multiplexers. The multiplexers fitted to each model are characterised for bandwidths of 6, 18, 26.5, or 40 GHz and have excellent performance and switch life throughout their frequency range. All models occupy just two 3U PXI slots and feature LED’s that indicate which path of the multiplexer is closed.

PXI BRIC family of Large Matrix Modules and Multiplexers – with Pickering’s BRICs, the use of high-density packaging and integrated backplanes enables a large matrix to be implemented with no user configuration or special matrix expansion kits. These matrices use thru-hole relays (not surface mount) and can be serviced using standard de-soldering tools simplifying repair and reducing down time. 

Finally, the LXI Wideband Modular Matrix (65-110) offers an RF solution that can be easily reconfigured by the removal and insertion of sub-cards. This matrix provides routing for up to 16 of 104 X connections simultaneously to 16 measuring devices on the Y-axis with a usable BW of 500MHz. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, recently chose this matrix for the switching system to be deployed on its Oasis monitoring system.

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