At IMS2019, Pickering Interfaces will be showcasing its 13-model family of PXI 8 GHz solid-state RF switches, including SPDT, SP4T, SP6T, SP8T, SP16T and 4x4 matrix devices. Pickering’s Series 40-88xA high-performance switch family now covers 10 MHz to 8 GHz in the modular PXI format for easy system integration. All units feature automatic termination of unused switch channels, up to +36 dBm input power handling and excellent RF performance characteristics. 

The company will also be showing its USB/LXI chassis family including the 60-104 2-slot chassis and 60-105 4-slot chassis. These chassis offer a small, lightweight form/factor for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. Both chassis are controlled remotely via USB 3 or 1000-BaseT Ethernet, allowing switching to be sited close to the Device Under Test (DUT), thereby minimizing cable lengths and preserving RF performance. The 60-105 chassis will be shown containing 3 x SP4T and 3 x SP6T 26.5 GHz switches, demonstrating the flexibility of this modular chassis when used in conjunction with Pickering’s range of around 250 PXI RF/microwave switch modules.

Pickering’s larger 60-103B LXI 18-slot rack-mount chassis will showcase a variety of the company’s high performance PXI RF and microwave switch modules, from 300 MHz to 65 GHz, including several terminated switches, where unused channels are automatically terminated in 50Ω for more consistent RF performance. Most of the microwave switches shown have LEDs on the front panels to show the energized switch paths – a very useful feature when debugging test programs. Other products to be showcased at the event include the 40-745-117 RF switch module and the 40-785-521-T terminated switch.