PILMon is a utility program providing a command line interface to Pickering PXI switch cards. It is included in the driver installation and is located in the C:\Pickering folder.

The command set is as follows:

AD [<card> <sub_unit>] = [select and] display card/sub-unit to address
SC <number> = close output (set ON)
SO <number> = open output (set OFF)
SB <bit_pattern> = set sub-unit outputs (to hex bit-pattern)
CS = clear OUTPUT sub-unit
RS = clear all OUTPUT sub-units on all open cards
ST = display status of currently-selected card
BV = view sub-unit output states (as hex bit-pattern)
BR = read INPUT sub-unit (as hex bit-pattern)
LS [<card>] = list info on all open cards, or specified card
EC 0/1 turn serial echo OFF|ON (default ON)
WC <number> <value> = write the calibration value for an output
RC <number> = read the calibration value for an output
LC = list calibration values
DM <bit_pattern> = set driver mode flags (to hex bit-pattern)
AC <number> = matrix: close all points on single row or column
CM = clear OUTPUT sub-unit mask
SM <number> 0/1 = UNMASK|MASK an individual output
MB <bit_pattern> = set OUTPUT sub-unit mask (to hex bit-pattern)
MV = view sub-unit output mask (as hex bit-pattern)
OC = take control of all Pickering switch cards
CC = release control of all Pickering switch cards
VO <bus> <slot> = open card at specified location
VC <card> = close specified card
HE|HL = show this help information
SV <number> = show state of specified output
MS <number> = show mask state of specified output
IS <number> = show state of specified input
AR = clear all OUTPUT sub-units of the current card
XC <row> <column> = close matrix crosspoint
XO <row> <column> = open matrix crosspoint
XV <row> <column> = show state of a matrix crosspoint
XM <row> <column> 0/1 = UNMASK|MASK a matrix crosspoint
XS <row> <column> = show matrix crosspoint mask state
DI = show diagnostic information
SE = show sub-unit settling time (μs)
CL = show sub-unit closure limit
SS = show sub-unit status
PT = show PSU type description
PI = show PSU information
PS <fp value> = set PSU output voltage
PV = show PSU output voltage setting
PE 0/1 = DISABLE|ENABLE the output of a PSU
CF = show number of free cards
LF = list bus/slot locations of free cards
Q = quit the program

Need Help?


Information on software drivers, product comparisons and technical support for our entire product range.


Product Selector

This tool will help you narrow down our offering to get you the correct switch and simulation solution you need.

Try the selector

Resource center

Success storiesproduct videos and more—find the information you need about our switching and simulation.

Resources you need

Worldwide presence

Find support across the globe, with offices and agents in the Americas, Europe and Asia. 

Find local office or agent