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MEMS switches develop PXI/PXIe take a look at functionality to 4GHz

MEMS switches develop PXI/PXIe take a look at functionality to 4GHz

Posted Date: 2023-06-14

MEMS switches expand PXI/PXIe test capability to 4GHz

“MEMS-based RF multiplexers ship elevated operational life – as much as 300x, sooner working pace – as much as 60x, greater bandwidth and elevated RF energy dealing with versus conventional electromechanical relay options,” in accordance with Pickering. “Insertion loss stays comparable with electromechanical relays and far decrease than solid-state switches.”

The boards are based mostly on Very best Change from Menlo.

“Pickering has been monitoring MEMS expertise for years,” stated Pickering switching product supervisor Steve Edwards. “With their Very best Change, Menlo Micro is the primary firm to supply a manufacturing MEMS change that meets the specs wanted for RF take a look at.”

40-878 are the PXI variations and 42-878 varieties have a PXIe interface.

Constructed round 50Ω 4-to-1F multiplexers, the ranges can be found with single, twin, or quad channels, all occupying a single PXI or PXIe chassis slot.

40-878 may also be supported in all Pickering’s LXI/USB modular switching chassis, permitting the usage of a PXI, LAN, or USB management.

Connector choices are SMB or MCX.

Edwards stated operational life is >3 billion operations, working pace is 50μs, bandwidth is  and RF energy dealing with exceeds 10W.

Insertion loss is often <1.4db at 4GHz.

Drivers can be found for Microsoft-supported Home windows variations, some types of Linux and a few real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) instruments.

Guarantee is three years, and functions are foreseen in wi-fi communications and semiconductor take a look at.