Ultra-High-Density Scalable PXI & LXI 1Amp Switch Matrices

Robust and Reliable 1Amp Switching for High-performance Matrix Requirements

With the introduction of the two switch matrix solutions below, we have defined new levels of density and power, adding to our reputation for reliable, high-density switching solutions. Both the PXI & LXI versions feature:

  • 1A switching at similar densities to current 0.25Amp, 0.3Amp or 0.5Amp high-density matrix solutions,
    providing more robust and reliable switching in the same footprint.
  • Multiple analog buses allow parallel testing, enabling efficient testing of multiple DUTs
  • A wide choice of analog bus widths: 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 and 32
  • Typical applications include Automotive & Aerospace/Defense ECU and Semiconductor Wafer Test

BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density Large PXI Matrix Modules (model 40-559) 

Robust and Reliable switching for existing matrix applications—these 1A switch matrices have similar switch densities to current 0.25A - 0.5A PXI reed relay high-density matrix solutions, making them ideal for upgrading lower current modules that may have experienced reliability issues due to their inferior "hot" switching capability.

These 1Amp/20W switching modules offer up to 4,096 crosspoints, are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes and are designed for high-performance matrix requirements. 

Constructed with Pickering Electronics’ new 4mm x 4mm Reed Relays, which have the highest packing density currently available, these BRIC PXI matrices now have twice the density of any competing large matrix module for 1Amp switching in PXI.

Because of 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 matrices are designed with built-in high-performance screened analog busing to minimize the cost and complexity of cable assemblies to the device under test as well as to instrumentation. Dual analog bussing for the narrower matrix options enable completely separate matrices within a single module for parallel testing.

Scalable LXI Reed Relay Matrix Solution (model 65-2xx) 

Originally designed to test Semiconductors at wafer and package levels, these Reed Relay solutions combine our latest LXI Chassis (model 65-200) with our new 1Amp switching matrix plug-in range—providing access to all signal connections on 200-pin connectors. The plug-ins are constructed using Pickering Electronics’ Reed Relays which offer maximum performance and reliability as well as very fast operate times.

An important feature of these Matrix platforms is the built-in scan list sequence stores with triggering capability that significantly reduce test times. This feature provides users with the ability to set a series of pre-determined switch sequences in the LXI Matrix, the sequences can then be triggered by software or one of the sixteen DIO software configurable open collector triggers. The Matrices also feature multi-bus capability for parallel testing. 

The plug-ins comprise four models providing matrices of 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). Users can specify the number of plug-ins (up to six) required and can field upgrade the chassis to extend the matrix if necessary. Another important feature is that over 1,500 relays can be closed simultaneously for specific conditions for parametric testing conditions. 

Like most of our switching products, these reliable switching matrix solutions are supported by the following:

Connectivity Products

We have a large range of connectivity solutions to support these products, including our full-line of cable and connector solutions as well as mass interconnect solutions from MacPanel and VPC.

Diagnostic Test Tools

Our diagnostic capabilities include Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and eBIRST Switching System Test Tools, providing a quick and simple way of finding relay failures.

Switch Path Manager Software

This signal routing software simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software.

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