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New test and verification solutions from Pickering Interfaces for the Automotive Industry

Company shows a wide range of switching and simulation products at Auto Testing Expo in Novi, MI

Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of modular signal switching and simulation products for electronic test and verification, will exhibit at America’s largest vehicle and component testing exhibition Automotive Testing Expo 2019 in Novi, Michigan (October 22 – 24).

On booth 11046, Pickering will show:

The 40-190B PXI Fault Insertion Switch which is available with 74, 64 or 32 channels and has been primarily designed for the simulation of fault conditions in automotive and avionics application, involving the reliability testing of safety critical controllers. It has the ability to insert 3 different fault conditions between the test fixture and the equipment under test: Open-Circuit, short-circuit between UUT connections, Short-Circuit to other signals such as Power, Ignition and Ground via a Fault Insertion Bus.

Ultra-high-density Large PXI Matrices from the 40-559 BRIC™ family are available in 2, 4 or 8-slot PXI sizes to suit all high-performance matrix requirements and are constructed using Pickering Electronics' 4mm x 4mm instrumentation quality reed relays. With their high level of switching density, these PXI matrices allow a complete Functional Automated Test Equipment (ATE) system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis and allow the use of much lower cost 8 or 14-slot chassis. The 40-559 matrices can be used in many industries; typical applications include automotive ECU and semiconductor package testing. Dual analogue bussing for the narrower matrix options, enable completely separate matrices within a single module for parallel testing.

The Pickering 4-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis offers a small lightweight form factor, making it ideal for portable, benchtop, and space restrictive applications. The chassis is designed for desk or rack mounting and features remote control via USB or LXI Ethernet. Remote control over a network enables the switching function of a test system to be located as close as possible to the target equipment. The 60-105 chassis supports up to four our 3U PXI modules and is the perfect platform to construct small scale applications. Possible systems include switching matrices up to 2208 crosspoints, 792 channel multiplexer or up to 72 channels of programmable resistor/sensor simulation.

Part of Pickering’s Sensor Simulation family, the PXI 41-760 series of Thermocouple Simulator Modules is available in a choice of 32, 24, 26 or 8 channel; each channel providing a low-voltage output across two connector pins capable of providing ±20mV with 0.7µV resolution, ±50mV with 1.7µV resolution and ±100mV with 3.3µV resolution, covering most thermocouple types. These thermocouple simulators use two wire outputs with a remote output reference sense to ensure the modules deliver accurate low-level voltages, even if the system has common mode voltages present. In addition, each simulation channel is also able to provide an open circuit setting to simulate faulty wiring connections to a sensor. 

Another important part of their Sensor Simulation family are the PXI Programmable Resistor modules. These modules are ideal for automotive, medical and aerospace applications. A programmable resistor is designed to simulate the use of resistive sensors and variable resistors in systems when testing devices such as engine controllers. The resistor modules feature: up to 18 channels in a single PXI/PCI slot, resistance ranges from 1Ω to 22MΩ, resolutions down to 2mΩ with accuracies down to 0.03% and all modules can be supported in their Ethernet LXI Chassis.

In partnership with MacPanel, a live demonstration of how Pickering’s PXI switching products work seamlessly together with MacPanel’s SCOUT mass interconnect system. SCOUT is a pull-through Mass Interconnect solution specifically designed to deliver the full potential of the PXI platform at the ATE interface.

Also on the booth:

Visitors can see Pickering’s signal routing software, Switch Path Manager™ (SPM), which simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software. Switch Path Manager supports Pickering’s switching modules and the interconnection between them. Once a switching system model has been created, simply defining the endpoints that are required to be connected together can perform signal routing. The ability to automate signal routing results in effective and easy switching system management—safely and quickly. 

eBIRST™ Switching System Test Tools which can quickly determine if a switching system has faults, identify the location of the fault at relay level and allow the user to take fast corrective action, ultimately saving repair costs and minimizing the downtime of the switching system. 

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of its manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support.