New Modular Switching and Simulation Products
We are continually developing new modular switching and simulation products; from our extensive PXI product line—now with over 1,000 PXI modules—to our rapidly expanding range of Ethernet LXI switching solutions and PCI switch cards. Did you know, many of our PXI modules can be used in a LXI environment by using our LXI Modular Switching Chassis.
Below are just a few of our recent switching product introductions. Pickering's mission is to provide our customers with the broadest selection, the highest density and lowest cost for advanced functional test applications.
Range of Ultra-High-Density 1A Large PXI Matrices- BRIC™ - September 2017
The 40-559 is a new generation of BRIC matrix modules featuring 1A/20W switching with up to 4096 crosspoints making them
twice the density of competing products. They are constructed using high reliability ruthenium reed relays manufactured
by our sister company Pickering Electronics and are available with maximum matrix sizes of 256x16, 336x12, 512x8, 672x6
and 1024x4. All versions have automatic Y-bus isolation switches between the sub-matrix cards and the analog bus on the
BRIC's backplane, x8, x6 and x4 versions have the added versatility of dual analog buses. The 40-559 is available in
2, 4 and 8 PXI slot versions offering a wide range of densities and configurations to exactly match your switching system
4-Slot USB/LXI Chassis - September 2017
This 4-slot modular chassis offers a small lightweight form factor, making it ideal for portable, benchtop, and space
restrictive applications. It is designed for desk or rack mounting and features 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 supports up to four modules from our range of over 1000 3U PXI modules, it is the perfect platform
to construct small scale applications.
Scalable LXI Reed Relay Matrix Solution - September 2017
This scalable LXI matrix solution can be easily re-configured by the insertion and removal of up
to six LXI matrix plug-ins. It is purchased as an empty chassis with a quantity of plug-in required for
a particular matrix size. The plug-ins are loaded into the chassis via the front panel and as your requirements
evolve, additional modules can be easily fitted. When new modules are added, the control software automatically detects
the new configuration. The range of plug-in includes matrices up to 1,536x4 in increments of 128 (model 65-221),
768x8 in increments of 64 (model 65-223),
384x16 in increments of 32 (model 65-225),
and 192x32 in increments of 32 (model 65-227).
Range PXI Microwave Multiplexers Expanded - August 2017
We have expanded our 40-785B PXI Microwave Multiplexer range to include new 50GHz modules. These 50Ω multiplexers are available
in single or dual 6-channel format occupying three PXI slots with relays mounted on the front panel. Single slot versions
are also available which can support up to three remotely mounted multiplexers. All versions include front panel LEDs
to indicate the channel setting.
Expanded Range of Strain Gauge Simulators - February 2017
PXI Strain Gauge Simulator Module (40-265) – now with 2 and 4 channel versions.
PCI Strain Gauge Simulator Card (50-265) – now with 2 and 4 channel versions.
Our existing range of 6 channel Strain Gauge Simulator modules and cards has now been expanded to include 2 and 4 channel versions. All versions are available with standard bridge impedances of 350Ω, 1kΩ, 1.5kΩ, 2kΩ and 3kΩ designed for simulating the operation of a variety of strain gauges. They are ideal for testing strain gauge meters and a wide range of industrial control systems.
New Range of PXI High Density 2 Amp Multiplexers - January 2017
Available in 20 configurations, these modules use high-quality electro-mechanical signal relays allowing each channel to
switch current up to 2A and voltage up to 300VDC/250VAC and are supported by Pickering’s eBIRST switching system test
tools. These multiplexers are suitable for signal routing in ATE and data acquisition systems. The front panel user connection
is via a 160-pin DIN 41612 connector which is fully supported by our comprehensive range of cabling and connector solutions.
New 2-Slot PXI Chassis With USB/LXI Control - September 2016
This 2-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 60-104 supports one or two modules from Pickering's range of over 1000 3U PXI modules, it
is the perfect platform to construct small scale applications.
Introducing The New PXI Millivolt Thermocouple Simulator - September 2016
The 41-760 PXI Millivolt Thermocouple Simulator Modules are ideal for simulating the operation of thermocouples for applications
such as ECU testing. They are available in a choice of 8, 16, 24 or 32 channels—each providing a low-voltage output across
two connector pins capable of delivering ±20mV with 0.7µV resolution, ±50mV with 1.7µV resolution and ±100mV with 3.3µV
resolution, covering most thermocouple types. We can also supply connection solutions terminated with thermocouple plugs
to allow easy integration into a test system.
New Signal Routing Software - August 2016
This software simplifies the routing of signals through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software. Switch Path Manager supports Pickering Interfaces switching products and the interconnection between these products. Third-party products can be supported on request.
Once a switching system model has been created, signal routing can be performed by simply defining the endpoints that are
required to be connected together. The ability to automate signal routing results in simple and effective switching system
management, safe and fast.
New Range of PCI Fault Insertion Switch Cards For Differential Serial Interfaces - June 2016
These new cards include the Differential PCI Fault Insertion Switch (model 50-200) which is designed for lower data rate serial interfaces such as CAN and FlexRay, and the High Bandwidth Differential PCI Fault Insertion Switch (model 50-201) which is designed for higher data rate serial interfaces such as AFDX and 1000BaseT Ethernet. Each card allows the introduction of fault conditions that include data paths open, data paths shorted together, and data paths shorted to externally applied faults such as power supplies and ground.
New High Density PXI Matrix Module Range - May 2016
The new PXI 40-520 module family are high-density matrices with 22 different configurations and up to 256 crosspoints to suit a large variety of user requirements. The choice of six bus widths (x16, x12, x8, x6, x4 & x2) enables competitively priced solutions using Pickering Electronics’ instrumentation quality reed relays. These relays offer very long life with good low-level switching performance and excellent contact resistance stability. The range comes with Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and is also supported by eBIRST Switching System Test Tools. These tools provide a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the module.
New High-Density PXI Relay Module - May 2016
This module is configured with 83 SPDT relays, is designed for applications requiring a higher density 2 Amp alternative
to Pickering’s current 52 SPDT module (model 40-139). The module is suitable for applications requiring medium power
switching with very high density. It features a 2 Amp current capacity and voltages to 200VDC/140VAC. Connections
are made via a front panel mounted 500-pin SEARAY high-density connector.
New 50Ω 600MHz Multiplexers Added to PXI RF Switching Range - April 2016
This new range of PXI RF Multiplexers (series 40-760) is available in the following configurations: dual, quad and octal SP4T, single, dual and quad SP8T, single and dual SP16T and SP32T. All of the multiplexers have versions with automatic terminations to manage VSWR effects which could degrade the performance of a test system. All versions of this range of PXI RF multiplexers exhibit low insertion loss and VSWR through the use of modern RF relay technology. Each version has been carefully designed to ensure excellent and repeatable RF characteristics to frequencies of 600MHz with each path having a nominally equal insertion loss.
New Digital I/O Module - February 2016
The 40-228 provides 32 channels of digital input and 32 channels of digital output, together with switched +12V, +5V, +3.3V
and -12V supply outputs derived from the PXI backplane. The module is available fitted with a DC-DC converter (40-228-001)
which provides an additional -5V supply ouput. Alternatively the module can be supplied with an industry standard footprint
for a DC-DC converter (40-228-002) allowing the user to fit their own if required. The 40-228 includes a breadboard area
that allows users to add their own circuitry.
New Modular Breakout System For HILS Applications- November 2015
OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, have designed a low-cost Modular Breakout System for HILS (Hardware In the Loop Simulation) Applications. The system combines a BoB (Breakout Box) feature set with added flexibility and an FIU (Fault Insertion Unit) chassis. By mating the FIU chassis directly to the BoB, cabling is minimized, creating a more compact reliable design and improving signal integrity. All cables to the simulation system and the UUT (Unit Under Test) are located behind the front panel of the Modular Breakout System creating a simpler front panel that is less prone to damage.
Introducing New Solid State Multiplexer - November 2015
The 40-652 offers a range of configurations suitable for hot or cold switching signals up to ±100V at 5A. The use of
solid state relays allows the hot switching of signals without any life degradation, including DC signals that EMR
(Electro-Mechanical Relay) designs can only handle with much-reduced service life and power handling. The multiplexer
module is available in single pole 48:1, two pole 24:1, single pole dual 24:1 or single pole 24:1 configurations.
Additionally the module is supported by our new
system test tools.
Fault Insertion Switch Range Expanded for Differential Serial Interfaces - September 2015
Differential PXI Fault Insertion Switch (40-200) – supports 4 or 8 Differential Channels, includes 4 fault buses and 8 fault inputs.
High Bandwidth Differential PXI Fault Insertion Switch (40-201) – supports 4 or 8 Differential Channels, includes 2 fault buses and 4 fault inputs.
The Differential PXI Fault Insertion Switch (model 40-200) is designed for lower data rate serial interfaces such as CAN and FlexRay, the High Bandwidth Differential PXI Fault Insertion Switch (model 40-201) is designed for higher data rate serial interfaces such as AFDX and 1000BaseT Ethernet. These modules allow the introduction of fault conditions such as data paths open, data paths shorted together, and data paths shorted to an externally applied fault such as power supply or ground.
Expanding The Range of PCI and PXI Precision Programmable Resistors - September 2015
Pickering’s range of PCI and PXI High-Density Precision Programmable Resistors have been expanded to increase the configurations offered from 42 to 50 models per platform. Each version offers users the choice of channel count, range and setting resolution. Depending on the version, the resolution is from 0.125Ω to 2Ω and channel counts from 3 to 18, basic accuracy is 0.2% ± resolution. The new additions to the range increase the maximum resistance available to 22.3MΩ.
Expanding The Range of Versatile Multiplexer Modules - June 2015
Introducing Improved High Density Reed Relay Matrix - April 2015
This new PXI Reed Relay Matrix is available as either a 64x4 or 64x2 matrix in either 1-pole or 2-pole formats and is
capable of 1A 150VDC/100VAC 15W hot switching. It is 100% pin compatible with the previous version (40-533A) and
offers improved performance. The 40-533B is supported by our Built-In Relay Self-Test System - BIRST,
which provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures. Additionally the module is supported by our new
system test tools.
New Range of PCI Fault Insertion Switch Cards - April 2015
PCI 2A Fault Insertion Switch (50-190) – available in six configurations with 75, 64 or 36 channel and 1 or 2 fault buses.
Pickering's new range of PCI Fault Insertion Switch Cards are primarily designed for the simulation of fault conditions in automotive & avionics applications involving the reliability testing of safety critical controllers. They are capable of inserting fault conditions between the test fixture and the equipment under test such as; open-circuit, short-circuit between UUT connections or short-circuit to other signals such as power, ignition and ground via Fault Insertion Bus.
eBIRST Switching System Test Tools - March 2015
Designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) products, the eBIRST tools simplify switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and identifying the faulty relays. Once identified, the tools then display a graphical representation of the switching system’s PCB assembly, highlighting the relays that need to be replaced. The eBIRST tools achieve this task by measuring the path resistance between different pins on the switching system connector and controlling the path through the system to allow it to test any of the relays in the system. Systems that use separate input and output connections can be tested by use of two eBIRST tools in a master/slave configuration.
16 Amp Switching Family Expanded - March 2015
16A PXI Power Multiplexer Module (40-662) – available in seven configurations ranging from 4-off 2:1 multiplexers to 1-off 16:1 multiplexer.
16A PXI Power Matrix Module (40-552) – available in four configurations with matrix sizes of 8x2 and 4x4 and optional Y-Axis Loop-thru connections.
Careful attention to the switching design ensures that these PXI modules can carry the full 16A current on each path simultaneously over the complete operating temperature range. They are also capable of switching 300VDC or 250VAC. Applications include electric vehicles, automotive ECU testing, AC mains switching, high current power supplies, load switching, and aerospace electric drive testing.
Introducing Two New PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors - January 2015
Both of these new programmable resistor solutions feature lower density and lower cost for simulating variable resistors. Each has 12 channel options with resolutions of 0.25 Ohm to 2 Ohm and channel counts of two or four. They have the option of eight extra SPST relays that can be used for extending the resistance range or for other switching functions within a test system. All versions use high-quality instrument grade reed relays to ensure long service life and fast setting times.
New High-Density LXI Switching Matrix Introduced - January 2015
High-Density LXI Switching Matrix (60-553) is a 1024x4 dual bus 1-pole matrix in a compact 1U full rack width enclosure. The product has been designed specifically to support high relay closure counts to optimize its use with a digital multimeter (DMM) or source meter for checking for insulation problems between a single contact and all other contacts in the unit under test (UUT), requiring the closure of up to 1024 crosspoint relays.
Also available on the 60-553 LXI matrix is Pickering’s diagnostic test tool BIRST™ (Built-in Relay Self-Test).
BIRST provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the matrices.
Range of PXI High Power Switch Modules Expanded - December 2014
PXI 25A Solid-State SPST Switch (40-184) – offer 3 or 6-off SPST solid-state switches capable of handling 25A signals at up to 100V.
PXI 1.5A Solid-State SPST Switch (40-185) – offer 3 or 6-off SPST solid-state switches capable of handling 1.5A signals at up to 400V.
Both of these new PXI switching solutions use solid-state switch designs based on isolated MOSFET technology to provide solutions capable of switching very high power AC or DC signals without any lifetime degradation while used within their ratings. The solid-state SPST switches feature a fast operating time of less than 250µs and bounce-free state transitions that can handle high inrush currents on switching without any impact on lifetime.
New PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix Modules - September 2014
The PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix Modules (40-525A) are 34x4 matrices with both switched and direct connection paths to the X and Y-axis. This matrix permits test signals to pass thru the switched X-axis to the unit under test (UUT) on the direct X connection, the switch allowing each thru path to be opened to disconnect the stimulus signal. The direct Y-axis to the matrix allows the user to monitor the signals with test equipment, such as an oscilloscope or DMM, the matrix allowing the test equipment to connect to any of the 34 thru connections. The switched Y connections can be used to inject alternative test signals into the UUT or to apply faults to the thru connection such as shorts to ground or to a supply voltage. The matrix also allows thru paths to be expanded using additional modules and a 16x4 version is offered for applications requiring lower numbers of thru paths.
Update to our PXI Large Matrix BRIC Modules - September 2014
The PXI Large Matrix BRIC Update (40-565B) – now with 20% density improvement over previous models, these high-density large matrix modules able to switch up to 2 Amps at 150VDC/100VAC. These PXI matrix BRIC modules are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes for most high-performance PXI matrix requirements. With this high level of switching density, these BRIC matrix modules allow a complete functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis.
Also available on these matrix modules is Pickering’s Built-In-Relay-Self-Test (BIRST) tool. BIRST provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the BRIC module.
Update to our PXI Microwave Multiplexer Modules - September 2014
The PXI Microwave Multiplexer Update (40-785B) – now featuring LED indicators to aid in test system development and debugging, these are single or dual 6-channel multiplexers with relays mounted on the front. These multiplexers are designed for switching 50Ω signals up to 40GHz. The single slot version can support up to three supplied remotely mounted multiplexers.
The 40-785B microwave multiplexer range is compatible with any PXI chassis and can be fitted to PXI hybrid slots in a PXIe chassis. It can also be used in Pickering Interfaces LXI Modular chassis’ for users preferring control via an Ethernet port.
Expanded Range of PCI Precision Resistor Cards - July 2014
The PCI RTD Simulator Card (50-262) has six resistance
channels each with exceptional stability and fine setting resolution. It is available in two resistance ranges
designed for the simulation of PT100 and PT1000 temperature sensors.
The PCI Strain Gauge Simulator Card (50-265) has six resistance bridge channels and is available in four resistance ranges. Each channel offers very fine resistance adjustment and is designed for the simulation of strain gauge bridges.
PXI and PCI Resistor and Relay Modules - April 2014
Introducing the PCI Programmable Resistor & Relay Card (50-293) and the PXI Programmable Resistor & Relay Module (40-293). These cards and modules offer lower densities and low-cost solutions for resistor simulation with 12 versions having resolutions from 0.25 Ohm to 2 Ohm and channel counts of either 2 or 4. In addition, each version has the option of an additional 8 SPDT relays which can be used for other switching functions within a test system.
Expanded Range of PXI and PCI Precision Resistor Modules - April 2014
The PXI Precision Resistor Module (40-297) and PCI Precision Resistor Card (50-297)have been expanded to increase the versions offered from 6 to 42; each version offers users the choice of the number of resistor channels, resistance range, and the resistance setting resolution. Depending on the version the resolution is from 0.125 Ohm to 2 Ohm and resistor counts from 3 to 18. Resistor values up to 1.51M Ohm can be simulated and accuracy is 0.2%± resolution.
PCI Switching Cards - April 2014
One PCI Low Cost EMR Multiplexer: Model 50-635 has a variety of different configurations ranging from a 64:1 single-pole MUX to a quad 8:1 two-pole MUX.
Expanded Range of PXI Microwave Switch Modules - April 2014
SPDT relay module 40-780A–
supports from 1 to 4 SPDT relays and is available in a variety of different frequency options from
12.4GHz to 65GHz - a 75Ohm 2.4GHz version is also available.
Microwave transfer switch 40-782A – supports either one or two transfer switches with frequency options of 18GHz, 26.5GHz and 40GHz.
Terminated SPDT microwave switch 40-781 – has an 18GHz frequency range and offers one or two relays and the option of internal or external terminations. All modules now include LED indication of a closed signal path.
PXI 10A Power Multiplexer Module - March 2014
The new PXI 10A power multiplexer (40-661) is available in a variety of configurations ranging from an 8 bank 4:1 multiplexer to a single 32:1 multiplexer. Each configuration is capable of hot switching up to 10A at 30VDC and has a maximum DC hot switch rating of 125VDC. AC signals up to 250VAC at 10A can be switched and for cold switching applications, the 40-661 is capable of withstanding 400VDC.
PXI 6GHz Multiplexers - October 2013
We are expanding our range of PXI 6GHz solid state RF switching solutions with the introduction of two new multiplexers. The 40-883-001 is a single 8:1 multiplexer and the 40-883-002 is a single 16:1 multiplexer. Each version uses solid state switches that ensure fast switch operation, highly repeatable performance and an indefinite service life when used within ratings. The multiplexers can handle up to +30dBm of signal power and frequencies from 10MHz to above 6GHz. Unused ports are automatically terminated to manage VSWR effects.
Upgraded LXI Modular Chassis - September 2013The upgrade has increased Ethernet interface speed to 1Gigabit from 100Mb, as well as an IP display that shows the IP address of the chassis. The LXI Modular Chassis provides an easy way of supporting our 3U PXI modules in an Ethernet-based LXI control environment. All of our PXI switching productsare supported the majority of our PXI instruments and power supply products. Our 60-102B chassis allows up to seven PXI modules while the 60-103B chassis allows up to 18 PXI modules.
Upgraded PXI Microwave Multiplexer - September 2013
These multiplexers (40-784A) support 4-way or 6-way multiplexers in single, dual or triple formats. They are characterized for 6GHz, 18GHz, 26.5GHz, or 40GHz and have excellent performance throughout their frequency range. All models occupy just two 3U PXI slots and single and dual multiplexer versions feature LEDs that indicate which path of is active.
PXI 16A Power Relay Module - September 2013
This new power relay module (40-161) is capable of switching currents up to 16Amp and voltages up to 300VDC/250VAC with hot switch power of 448W at 28VDC and 4000VA at 250VAC. Configurations include 16, 12, or 10 SPST, or 12 or 6 SPDT relays.
PCI Digital I/O Card - September 2013
The new 32-Channel Digital I/O card (50-412) is capable of driving high current loads and reading back the logical state of high voltage logic signals. The card provides 32 channels of digital output lines that can serve as high or low side drivers. Each channel is capable of sourcing 0.4A or sinking 0.5A at voltages up to 50V and has protection circuits that prevent over voltage, over current or thermal overload from occurring.
PXI Power Multiplexer - September 2013
The new power multiplexer module (40-651) is capable of hot switching up to 5A and 110VDC/250VAC with hot switch power up to 150W or 1250VA. Configurations are a single 48:1 MUX, a dual 24:1 MUX, a quad 11:1 MUX and an octal 5:1 MUX. The single and dual MUX models include an isolation relay in the common to reduce the cable load when the MUX is not in use.
High Density PXI Large 2 Amp Matrices - BRICs - July 2013
These new 2Amp BRICs (40-596, 40-597and 40-598) occupy 2, 4 or 8 slots of a PXI chassis. They provide three ranges of 1-pole matrix solutions with sizes from 58x6 to 464x6, 32x12 to 256x12, and 24x16 to 192x16 respectively, substantially increasing the density of 2A matrices compared to the competition.
PXI High Density 2 Amp Matrices - April 2013
Models: 40-505, 40-506, 40-507, 40-508 and 40-509
PXI High Density Multi-slot BRIC Matrix - April 2013
This new BRIC (40-568) can occupy 2, 4 or 8 slots of a PXI chassis providing a range of 1-pole matrix solutions from 75x4 to 600x4, substantially increasing the density of 2A matrices compared to the competition. The product range uses high quality electro-mechanical relays to achieve a 2A switch rating and 60W power capability to voltages up to 200VDC/140VAC.
PXI 2 Amp Multiplexer - April 2013
Low cost PXI multiplexers (40-635) with configurations that vary from a single 64:1 MUX to an octal 8:1 MUX for single pole configurations, a single 32:1 and dual 16:1 two pole MUX, a single 16:1 and dual 8:1 MUX with 4 poles and an 8:1 eight-pole MUX. Lower density versions are also available to suit applications requiring smaller configurations with module specific low cost cable options for added cost savings. All configurations are rated up to 2A and up to 300VDC/250VAC with a peak power rating of 60W to 220VDC.
PXI Solid State Matrix - March 2013
PXI Solid State Versatile Multiplexer - January 2013
A single slot 3U PXI module (40-683) providing a versatile multiplexer solution capable of supporting multiple MUX configurations that include single pole, two pole and multiple bank capabilities from a single module. Typical selectable configurations vary from a single bank 128:1 MUX to 8 banks of 8:1-2 pole MUXs with all the MUX possibilities from a single module.