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Switch drivers simplify design validation

Posted: 17 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ATE environments? attenuator? switch drivers? SPDT switches?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has released attenuator/switch drivers designed for both bench-top and ATE environments. These attenuator/switch drivers provide an intuitive GUI and a variety of attenuation and switching options as well as front-panel and remote-control features for quick, easy design validation and automated testing.

The attenuator/switch drivers are available in two models: 11713B and 11713C. The 11713B model drives a combination of two programmable attenuators and two SPDT switches, or up to 10 SPDT switches concurrently. Each unit has built-in GPIB connectivity. USB and LAN (LXI Class C) connectivity options are also available.

The Agilent 11713C controls a combination of four programmable attenuators and four SPDT switches, or up to 20 SPDT switches concurrently. With an integrated tri-voltage selection of 5, 15 and 24 volts, along with an input port for user-defined voltage, the switch driver has the capability to drive most commercially available switches in the market. The 11713C features multiple connectivity options including GPIB, USB and LAN. It is fully compliant with LXI Class C specifications, giving users the flexibility to perform remote access and control via a Web browser or from the front panel.

Both models offer nine cable options, which enable a point-to-point connection from Agilent attenuators and switches to the attenuator/switch driver. A built-in counter helps to monitor the life cycles of the attenuators and switches in the test system. As a result, maintenance management is dramatically simplified.

Agilent's new 11713B/C attenuator/switch drivers are available now and priced at $2,676.

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