Racal Instruments Launches New High-Density, Long-Life Microwave Switch Plug-In.
Business Editors and High-Tech Writers
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2001
Racal Instruments Inc. announced the launch of the Model 1260-160B/E high-density, long-life, 1- and 2-slot microwave switch plug-in, ideal for use in testing any application in the microwave communications market: cellular, PCS (1) (Personal Communications Services) Refers to wireless services that emerged after the U.S. government auctioned commercial licenses in 1994 and 1995. This radio spectrum in the 1. , satcom signals, medical equipment, microwave radios, and military telecommunications and surveillance systems.
The 1260-160B is a one-slot plug-in with 2 single-pole double-throw (SPDT SPDT Single Pole, Double Throw
SPDT Single Point Diamond Turning (precision lathe used in optical fabrication)
SPDT Shadow Page Directory Table ) relays, and the 1260-160E is a two-slot plug-in with 5 SPDT relays. Both are designed for use in either the Adapt-a-Switch(TM) 1260-100, VXI (VME EXtensions for Instrumentation) A peripheral bus specialized for data acquisition and real time control systems. Introduced in 1987, VXI uses all Eurocard form factors and adds trigger lines, a local bus and other functions suited for measurement applications. carrier, or the 1256, GPIB/RS-232 Switching Mainframe. The 1260-160B/E's plug-in design enables rapid switch card expansion and replacement, while the easily configured relays facilitate user-specific test configurations.
Recognizing a user's need to simultaneously switch a range of high-density, microwave signals on the same VXI platform, Racal designed its latest microwave switch plug-in with an 18 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. bandwidth and extra-long switching life of 5 million operations (minimum), enabling users to switch high-density signals in only two VXI slots, while reducing the need for plug-in replacements. Users operating oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers A hardware device or software used to examine the frequency and power components of a signal. It provides more information than an oscilloscope, because it can display the signals over a range of frequencies. , network analyzers A specialized hardware device or software in a desktop or laptop computer that captures packets transmitted in a network for routine inspection and problem detection. Also called a "sniffer," "packet sniffer," "packet analyzer," "traffic analyzer" and "protocol analyzer," the network , and signal generators benefit from the 1260-160B/E's versatility.
As part of Racal's Adapt-a-Switch line, the Model 1260-160B/E includes drivers for LabWindows/CVI and LabVIEW for VXI applications. It is programmable via GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus) An IEEE 488 standard parallel interface used for attaching sensors and programmable instruments to a computer. Using a 24-pin connector, up to 15 devices can be daisy chained together. HP's version is the HPIB. commands when used with Racal's 1256 Switching System. It also includes VXIplug&play compliant support for Windows 95/98/NT/2000 platforms. Racal Instruments actively supports the 1260-160B/E, as well as all of its ATE systems, with a globally integrated field service network.
The new 1260-160B/E is available for delivery from stock to 12 weeks and priced from $1,595 (U.S. Domestic).
About Racal Instruments Inc.
Racal Instruments, with more than 800 employees and sales exceeding $120 million, is a global leader in providing electronic test, measurement, software, and turnkey integration products and services. The company offers an extensive range of open architecture test & measurement instruments, chassis and switching cards together with broadband, wireless, analog, and digital test and instrumentation products, and provides complete turnkey automatic test equipment systems and integration services including custom TPS (1) (Transactions Per Second) The number of transactions processed within one second. TPS is a better rating for the performance of hardware and software than the common MHz and GHz rating of the computer. .
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