LXI and PXI RF and microwave switching modules from Pickering Interfaces.

Pickering Interfaces offers MEMS-based RF multiplexers

  • Pickering Interfaces will showcase its range of RF & microwave switching solutions, launching several new products, including the first modules in a new MEMS-based RF PXI/PXIe multiplexer family at IMS (International Microwave Symposium) 2023, at San Diego Convention Center in California, USA from June 13-15, 2023.

Part of IEEE Microwave Week, the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is an annual international meeting for engineers involved in all aspects of RF & microwave engineering theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and tutorials – as well as a RF & microwave commercial exhibition, with over 500 companies showcasing the latest in state-of-the-art materials, devices, components, and subsystems, alongside design, simulation, and test & measurement tools.

Ideal for wireless communications and semiconductor test, the new RF multiplexer family is powered by Ideal Switch® from partner, Menlo Microsystems, which are among the first MEMS components on the market with the performance characteristics to support demanding RF testing requirements.

Steve Edwards, Switching Product Manager at Pickering, comments: “The new MEMS-based RF multiplexers deliver vastly increased operational life (up to 300x), faster operating speed (up to 60x), and higher bandwidth (with no reduction in RF power handling) versus traditional EMR (electromechanical relay) alternatives. Insertion loss also remains comparable with EMR switches and much lower than solid-state.”

In addition to this new family of RF multiplexers in PXI/PXIe format, Pickering will be presenting other RF & microwave switching solutions at IMS 2023:

  • New 110 GHz PXI/PXIe microwave switch – supporting 5G & semiconductor test
  • New Microwave Design Tool – a free online tool for configuring flexible LXI microwave switch products
  • Flexible LXI microwave switch platform and turnkey services for LXI microwave switch & signal routing subsystems – including a custom 12×12 LXI microwave switching matrix demo.