Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2009
Dow-Key Microwave presents three different series of bidirectional PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) and IVI compliance RF switching modules. For all switching modules, the NI PXI-1036 chassis, which is provided by National Instrument, is recommended to be used. However the module is compatible with any desired PXI chassis. Both PXI and IVI RF switching modules are designed for complex test setups and sophisticated switching requirements.
Model 14F3S-1/4x4 - PXI Module:
The PXI RF switching module is configured as a non-blocking crossbar with 4 inputs and 4 outputs. The coaxial switch operates between DC to 18 GHz and the module occupies 4 slots of a 3U PXI chassis. The switch is equipped with five external semi-rigid cables that are arranged such that a 4x4 matrix configuration is created. By removing some or all cables, it allows the user to reconfigure the module to sets of standard coaxial switches e.g. SPDT, DPDT (Transfer), SP4T etc. Further by adding external 50 W loads one can configure the matrix to a terminated switch. Note that the provided software package supports any reconfiguration that is possible within the 4x4 matrix.
Model 14F3S-1/2x5 - PXI Module:
The PXI RF switching module is configured as a non-blocking crossbar with 2 inputs and 5 outputs. The coaxial switch operates between DC to 18 GHz and the module occupies 4 slots of a 3U PXI chassis.
Model 12K3S-Series - PXI Module:
This PXI RF switching module can be populated with maximum (3) miniature coaxial switches and with any SP3T, SP6T, Dual SPDT (two SPDT in one switch), and DPDT (Transfer) switch. Thus, it can be reconfigured as one desires. The operating frequency for each switch is from DC to 26.5 GHz and the module occupies 2 slots of a 3U PXI chassis.
Software Control (Applies to all modules):
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are provided in LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Visual Basics to allow the user to control the switch easily. For advanced programming, VISA and IVI drivers are included such that one can program and control the switch in any way desired using e.g. LabWindows/CVI (NI developed ANSI C-based programming), LabVIEW, Visual Basics, C or any other desired programming language or platform.
For more detailed information, download the data sheets and contact Dow-Key at toll free at (800) 266-3695.