RF and Microwave Applications


What is an RF (Radio Frequency) and microwave switch? 

It is a device that routes 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. The entire testing process can be automated which increases the throughput in high-volume production environments.

At Pickering we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide range of RF and Microwave switch modules. These modules can be used to increase the flexibility of Test & Measurement systems with signal bandwidths up to 65GHz:   

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.

All of our RF and Microwave switch modules exhibit low insertion loss and VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio)         through the use of modern RF  switch technology at an affordable cost. Each module has been carefully designed to ensure excellent and repeatable RF characteristics with all signal paths having nominally equal insertion loss wherever possible.

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