Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of LXI-compliant switching products with the introduction of the 60-850 and 60-851 optical switching multiplexer. The 60-850 (single mode) and 60-851 (multimode) offer eight-way and 16-way MUX configurations with a variety of connector options to suit most applications. Other configurations can be provided on request.
Each switching system is housed in a compact 1U high form-factor, making it suitable for rack-mounted applications. All optical connections are provided on the front panel and include captive dust covers to protect the connectors when they are not in use.
The LXI Class C interface enables the 60-850/1 to be remotely controlled via its Ethernet port through a web browser or by the programmatic interface. Controlling the 60-850/1 through the web even at great distances is said to be very simple. The 60-850/1 LXI-compliant interface serves up a soft front panel application that enables the user to control the switching matrix without the time-consuming installation and configuration of drivers. In addition to Kernel and IVI drivers, the 60-850/1 is supplied with an SNMP interface to simplify remote access.
These are the latest in an expanding range of LXI-compliant switching products from Pickering Interfaces. David Owen, Business Development Manager for Pickering Interfaces, comments: "LXI is a rapidly growing part of our business. It has gone from nothing to being a significant proportion of revenue in less than two years. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer the 60-850/1 optical switching; it complements our existing range of PXI optical solutions that can be supported in an LXI environment using our 60-100 LXI Modular Chassis. As fibre is finding new markets in areas such as entertainment and Fibre to the Home, we see a strong need for this type of product in support of the infrastructure."