Supplier of modular signal switching and simulation solutions for use in electronic test and verification, Pickering Interfaces, has announced that its range of microwave multiplexers is now available with a maximum frequency of 67GHz in both SP4T and SP6T form factors. The higher frequency PXI/PXIe multiplexers (model 40/42–785C) and LXI multiplexers (models 60–800 & 60–803) maintain the same physical dimensions as existing lower frequency products, enabling users to upgrade to 67GHz products while maintaining the same slot count/rack height within their test systems.
The introduction of the PXIe format to the microwave multiplexers includes the entire range from 3GHz to 67GHz.
Pickering’s Switching Product Manager, Steve Edwards commented: “Key applications for these higher frequency microwave multiplexer modules are ATE systems for aerospace, military and automotive radar, high-frequency communications plus 5G telecommunications and semiconductor test.”
The new multiplexers are available in unterminated SP4T and SP6T forms using the SMA-1.85 connector interface. The components used exhibit virtually identical performance up to 50GHz when compared to existing 50GHz switches. This helps to maintain performance characteristics for legacy test systems that were previously based on 50GHz components. In addition, the relays used in Pickering’s 67GHz multiplexers have the same life expectancy, 2M operations, as lower frequency products from the company and twice that of competitors.
The new microwave multiplexer modules will be demonstrated at Pickering’s booth at the International Microwave Symposium, 8-10 June 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.