International Test Conference:

Oct 28 – Nov 2, 2018, Booth 208 Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix,

Arizona, USA

CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pickering Switching Solutions, including Pickering Interfaces, the

leading supplier of modular signal switching and simulation solutions

for use in electronic test and verification, and Pickering Electronics,

the pioneering leader in reed relay miniaturization and performance,

will exhibit at the International Test Conference, the world’s premier

event dedicated to testing of electronic devices, boards and systems

from verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis and process and

design improvement, in Phoenix, Arizona. On booth 208, the company will

showcase its latest high-density PXI and Ethernet LXI Switching &

Simulation Solutions along with Signal Routing Software, its 6U Modular

Chassis and the world’s smallest reed relays. Products highlighted


Model 65-221 High-Density Modular LXI Ethernet Reed Relay Matrix

Originally designed to test Semiconductors at wafer and package levels,

this Reed Relay Matrix solution combines our latest LXI Chassis with our

new plug-in matrices. The range comprises four models covering matrices

of up to 1,536x4 in increments of 128, 768x8 in increments of 64, 384x16

in increments of 32, and 192x32 in increments of 32. Users can specify

as many or as few plug-ins (up to six) required and can field upgrade

the chassis to extend the matrix when necessary. Another important

feature is that over 1,500 relays can be closed simultaneously for

specific conditions for parametric testing. These plug-ins also offer

built-in scan list sequence stores with triggering capability, providing

users with the ability to set a series of up to 200,000 pre-determined

sequences on an LXI instrument, the sequences can be triggered by

software or one of the sixteen DIO software configurable open collector

triggers. They also feature multi-bus capability for parallel testing.

Model 40-559 BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density Large PXI Matrix Modules

This range of large PXI matrices are robust 1A/20W switching modules,

with up to 4,096 crosspoints. Constructed with the Pickering

Electronics’ Series 120 4mm x 4mm reed relays, this new generation of

1Amp PXI matrices delivers twice the density of any competing large

matrix module. Available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes, these PXI

matrices enable a complete functional ATE system to be housed in a

single 3U PXI chassis and allow the use of much lower cost 8 or 14 slot

PXI chassis.

The range comes with Pickering’s Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and is

also supported by their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools. These tools

provide a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the


Model 40-297 PXI Precision Programmable Resistor Module Designed

as a simple solution for applications requiring accurate simulation of

resistive sensors, this series includes 50 model configurations per

platform, and is also available in PCI form/factor. Each version offers

users the choice of channel count, range and setting resolution. Units

feature resolution from 0.125Ω to 2Ω, channel counts from 3 to 18 and

basic accuracy is 0.2% ± resolution.

All of Pickering’s PXI switching and simulation modules can be used in

any PXI chassis and can be fitted to PXI hybrid slots in a PXIe chassis.

They also can also be used in Pickering LXI Modular chassis for users

preferring control via an Ethernet port, including Pickering’s USB/LXI


6-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (60-106)

Pickering’s new six-slot modular LXI/USB chassis occupies only a small,

lightweight 1U form factor, making it suitable for portable, bench-top,

and space-restricted applications. The 60-106 chassis accepts from one

to six Pickering PXI 3U modules; the user can choose from over 1000

modules including programmable resistors, matrices, multiplexers,

general purpose relays, RF switches and fault insertion units. The

systems are USB 3.0-compatible, and feature a fully compliant LXI

interface with the option of a Wi-Fi dongle (sold

separately). Therefore, remote control via USB or LXI Ethernet is


Switch Path Manager™ Signal Routing Software

This signal routing software simplifies signal routing through switching

systems and speeds up the development of switching system software.

Switch Path Manager supports Pickering's PXI, LXI, PCI and GPIB

switching modules and the interconnection between these products.

Pickering will also highlight its eBIRST Switching System Test Tools.

Designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI or LXI products, these

tools simplify switching system fault-finding by quickly testing the

system and graphically identifying the faulty relay.

Comments Bob Stasonis, Director of Sales & Marketing at Pickering

Interfaces: “We keep adding to our already-huge range of switching and

sensor simulation products - over 1000+ in PXI alone. This means that

test engineers do not need to compromise; we have a product that will

precisely meet their requirements. And if we don’t, we will custom

design a solution.” Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of its

manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed

long-term product support.

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Smallest Reed Relay Notably, Pickering Interfaces is the only

switching test equipment manufacturer that also manufactures the key

element in such products - reed relays via group company, Pickering

Electronics. At ITC, the company will also showcase the world’s smallest

through-hole reed relay, the Series 124 ultra-high density 4mm2

TM device, which has a 4 x 4mm footprint, and measures just

9.5mm high. Series 124 reed relays feature a sputtered ruthenium switch

rated at 5 watts, 0.5 amps. These are the same reed switches as used in

the long-established Pickering Series 111, 111P and 117 but are

orientated vertically within the package, facilitating such high

density. The relays boast very fast operate times, typically 80µs,

making them ideal for high speed test systems, and due to the incredibly

small size they are also suitable for very high-density applications

such as A.T.E. and Semiconductor switching matrices or multiplexers.

Graham Dale, Technical Director at Pickering Electronics comments: “Over

the years, Pickering Electronics has pioneered several reed relay

developments which has resulted in our leadership position, including

the use of mu metal screens that enable relays to be stacked closely

together with interference problems, and the formerless coils which save

space. The new Series 124 reed relays once again set the bar for


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About Pickering Switching Solutions

Pickering Electronics was formed in January 1968, to design and

manufacture high quality reed relays, intended principally for use in

Instrumentation and Test equipment. Today, Pickering's Single-in-Line

(SIL/SIP) range is by far the most developed in the relay industry with

devices 25% the size of many competitors. These small SIL/SIP reed

relays are sold in high volumes to large ATE and Semiconductor companies

throughout the world.

Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching

and simulation for use in electronic test and verification. We offer the

largest range of switching and simulation products in the industry for

PXI, LXI, and PCI applications. To support these products, we also

provide cable and connector solutions, diagnostic test tools, along with

our application software and software drivers created by our in-house

software team.

Pickering’s products are specified in test systems installed throughout

the world and have a reputation for providing excellent reliability and

value. Pickering Interfaces operates globally with direct operations in

the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic and China, together

with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas,

Europe and Asia. We currently serve all electronics industries

including, automotive, aerospace & defense, energy, industrial,

communications, medical and semiconductor.


Pickering Electronics

Poppy Moore


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