Agilent Technologies Inc. announced a USB-powered, single-pole double-throw coaxial switch, operating from DC to 18 GHz. The first-to-market microwave switch driven by a USB port, the Agilent U1810B will provide system-design and manufacturing engineers a long-operating-life solution with convenient RF switching.

Agilent’s U1810B USB coaxial switch will support the standard plug-and-play functionality of typical USB devices, eliminating the need for additional power adapters or drivers, and simplifying setup. A button on the switch will enable users to toggle the signal path between two output ports without using the software interface. These new capabilities will help engineers design switch matrices for telecommunications and electronics/semiconductor manufacturing applications.

Similar to Agilent’s other microwave switches, the U1810B will deliver excellent performance: guaranteed 5-million-cycle operating life (though users can expect 10 million cycles to be typical), and guaranteed 0.03 dB insertion loss repeatability. The long operating life will help reduce the cost of test and ensures reliability of the test system throughout its life. The switch’s exceptional insertion loss repeatability will help minimize system measurement uncertainty, while maximizing test throughput.

“Excellent RF characteristics, simplicity and flexibility are key features today’s engineers look for in a test system,” said Keng-Boon Oh, general manager of Agilent’s Microwave Test Accessories Operation. “Our new U1810B presents a unique combination of outstanding RF performance and convenient USB connectivity, making it well suited for system design and manufacturing test engineers in communications and component test.”

The U1810B’s front panel provides an alternative software control interface. Users will also be able to control the switch using various software platforms such as C, LabVIEW or VEE.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s new U1810B USB coaxial switch is available now. It is priced at $1,300.

More information on the U1810B is available at An image of the switch is available at the Agilent YouTube network at to see the latest products and applications videos in electronic design and measurement.

Agilent will demonstrate its new U1810B USB coaxial switch, along with solutions that cover everything from circuit-level modeling through system verification for general RF, microwave, 4G communications, and aerospace/defense applications, at IMS 2012/IEEE MTT-S (Booth 1015), June 19-21, in Montréal, Canada. A range of premier partner solutions will also be available on Agilent Avenue and throughout the event area.