New modular LXI chassis accept 3U PXI modules

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Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of LXI products with the introduction of two new modular LXI chassis.

The 60-102 and 60-103 are 7- and 18-slot modular chassis that accept a choice of over 500 Pickering Interfaces 3U PXI modules. This includes a range of switching modules together with additional test functions such as programmable power supplies, battery simulators, attenuators, digital I/O, breadboards and programmable resistor cards.

The range of switching modules supported varies from low-power reed relay cards used for low-current applications through to matrices, multiplexers and a range of higher-power EMR relay products to RF/microwave and optical switches. Pickering offers high-density matrices with up to 9500 relays per chassis. Solid-state switching with up to 40A current capacity is supported, along with a range of high-voltage switching modules. The variety of modules available enables the chassis to be used for a wide variety of switching, control and sensor emulation applications.

Each chassis offers high cooling capacity and smart control of fan speed to ensure quiet operation in office and laboratory environments and high reliability under heavy load conditions. The current condition of the chassis is displayed on front panel status LEDs and can also be monitored remotely via a rear panel RS232 port.

With the LXI-complaint interface, simple control of the modules and management of the chassis through web pages or an IVI programmatic interface are possible. Ethernet access ensures that the control is robust and easily accessible over short or long connection distances.

David Owen, Business Development Manager for Pickering, comments: "The 60-102 and 60-103 also have the additional benefit of offering the existing PXI user the option of porting their existing Pickering PXI cards over to a LXI Modular Chassis, so giving the user a full web browser interface, Ethernet LAN control, chassis hot swap and a voltage-isolated control bus, all using the ubiquitous Ethernet port available on any Windows PC - features not available with existing PXI chassis."

Pricing and availability information are supplied on the Pickering Interfaces website.

07 November 2008

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