0.5-A large PXI matrix modules have up to 6,144 crosspoints.
Pickering Interfaces has launched a new 0.5-A ultrahigh-density PXI matrix module family that delivers up to 6,144 crosspoints. With a switching density 39% higher than competing devices, the 40-558 allows a complete functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis, and the integrated BRIC design saves on valuable chassis slots, compared to standard PXI matrix modules. Part of Pickering Interfaces' BRIC large PXI Matrices range, the new 40-558 modules are available in 2-, 4-, or 8-slot widths for matrix sizes between 64x16 and 1,008x6. The modules are fitted with ruthenium-sputtered reed relays--manufactured by sister company Pickering Electronics--which feature a long life with good low-level switching performance and contact resistance stability. Automatic isolation relay switching maximizes bandwidth and reliability. Spare relays are included with the module to facilitate easy maintenance with minimum downtime. The BRIC's internal high-performance screened analog backplane minimizes the complexity and cost of cable assemblies; Pickering has a range of standard cables available for the 40-558 and can construct custom cables for all its PXI modules. A choice of 6,8,12 and 16 pole analog bus widths and dual analog bus options are available.