What are RF and microwave switches?

They are devices that route high frequency signal through transmission paths. RF and microwave switches are used extensively in microwave test systems for signal routing between instruments and devices under test (DUT). Incorporating a switch into a switch matrix system enables you to route signals from multiple instruments to single or multiple DUTs — allowing multiple tests to be performed with the same setup, eliminating the need for frequent connects and disconnects. RF and Microwave switches allow your test system to make full use of the RF test equipment it contains. However, there is no one solution that fits all systems, designing RF switching involves making engineering compromises that involve density, connector choices, bandwidth, cost, switch topology as well as choice about the control interface.

RF and Microwave Switching

At Pickering we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide range of RF and Microwave switch solutions to fit all applications. These solutions are offered in many different switch topologies, relay types and form factors—covering frequencies from low RF to 65GHz in both Ethernet LXI and PXI controlled platforms:

PXI Switch Modules Available

LXI Switch Modules Available:

For applications requiring a mix of RF and Microwave switching functions and the convenience of an Ethernet interface in the same 4U chassis, look no further than our LXI modular chassis. These chassis accept any of our PXI RF and Microwave switches and attenuators.

You can find more information on RF & Microwave switching on our Knowledgebase or contact us to speak to one of our switching experts.

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