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Pickering extends high-density matrix module line-up

28 Jan 2015

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Pickering Interfaces has expanded its portfolio of LXI switching matrices with the release of high-density matrix modules. The 60-553 LXI switching matrix is a 1024x4 dual bus 1-pole matrix in a compact 1U full rack width enclosure and aims to support high relay closure counts to optimise its use with a digital millimetre (DMM) or source meter for checking for insulation problems between a single contact and all other contacts in the unit under test (UUT), necessitating the closure of up to 1024 crosspoint relays, indicated the company.

60-553 LXI switching matrix

The switching matrix is designed with a dual bus arrangement that allows the matrix to be divided into two smaller independent matrices, for example, two matrices of 512x4. The dual bus design features isolation relays. This also allows sub-matrices to be isolated from the main matrix when there are no closures on that sub-matrix, minimising capacitive loading and maximising bandwidth of the matrix. They can also be linked together to form larger matrices by cables and can be supplied as partially populated matrices from 256x4 in increments of 128x4.

User connections are provided on a 160-way DIN41612 connector that is fully supported by Pickering Interfaces range of connector accessories. Control is via an Ethernet connection that is fully compliant to Version 1.4 of the LXI standard.

Also available on the 60-553 LXI matrix is Pickering's diagnostic test tool built-in relay self-test (BIRST) that provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the matrices.

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support.

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