SMT Nuremberg 2018

Pickering to Showcase Switching & Simulation Modules and Cabling Products at SMT Nuremberg 2018, Stand 4A-141

Pickering's PXI & LXI product showcased at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2018Pickering Interfaces a leading provider of modular signal switching, simulation, and cabling for electronic test and verification, will showcase their broad catalogue SMT Nuremberg 2018, 5-7 June 2018. These include the following products: 

2 & 4-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (model 60-104/105) – These chassis both offer a small, lightweight form factor ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. They are designed for desk or rack mounting and feature 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 new 4-slot Chassis supports between one and four Pickering 3U PXI modules. Possible systems include switching matrices up to 2208 crosspoints or up to 72 channels of programmable resistor/sensor simulation. 

Both the 2-slot and this new 4-slot chassis are USB 3.0 compatible and have a fully compliant LXI interface. These communications standards enable the chassis to be controlled directly through standard interfaces found on most personal computers and tablets that support HTML5, allowing for a very practical route into a variety of applications in the modular test and measurement market. 

BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density PXI Matrix Modules (model 40-559) – This range of PXI matrices are robust 1Amp/20W switching modules, with up to 4,096 crosspoints. Constructed with the Pickering Electronics’ new 4mm x 4mm Reed Relay makes this range a new generation of 1Amp PXI matrices with 2 times the density of any competing large matrix module. The matrices are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes and are designed for high performance matrix requirements. With their high level of switching density, these PXI matrices allow a complete Functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis and allow the use of much lower cost 8 or 14 slot PXI chassis. 

The range comes with Pickering’s Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and is also supported by their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools. These tools provide a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the modules. 

Millivolt Thermocouple PXI Simulator Module (model 41-760) – A low-voltage source module ideal for simulating the operation of a thermocouple. This module supports up to 32 channels from a single-slot 3U PXI module, each with an independent output of -100mV to +100mV and a remote sense that allows for the correction of ground voltages on each channel. 

Modular LXI Reed Relay High-Density Matrix (model 65-200) – Originally designed to test Semiconductors at wafer and package levels, this soon to be released Reed Relay matrix solution combines our Model 65-200 LXI Modular Matrix Chassis with our new plug-in matrix modules that provide access to all signal connections on 200 pin connectors. It is capable of supporting matrices with a Y-axis size of 4 and expandable in the X-axis range up to 1,536 in increments of 128. Users can specify as many or as few plug-in modules (up to six) required and can field upgrade the chassis to extend the matrix when necessary. The 65-200 can be used to support automated I-V plotting in semiconductor testing and the ability to close over 1500 relays simultaneously permits high-speed continuity and insulation testing. 

Switch Path Manager Signal Routing Software – this new signal routing software simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software. Switch Path Manager supports Pickering's PXI, LXI, and PCI switching modules and the interconnection between these products. 

Also highlighted in the booth will be their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools and supporting Cable & Connector products. The eBIRST tools, designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI, or LXI (Ethernet) products, simplify switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and graphically identifying the faulty relays. You will also be able to see a demonstration of their free online Cable Design Tool that lets you define a cable assembly to exactly meet your requirements. 

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing and availability information is supplied on their website at