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Platform eases custom-switch development

Posted: 20 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF switch platform? RF test?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an RF switch platform designed to simplify the task of defining and building a custom switch matrix. The Agilent L4490A/91A RF switch platform allows R&D and manufacturing engineers to cut their RF switch development time by up to 50 percent.

Engineers can use the platform to create custom switch matrices for design validation and functional test of aerospace and defense communications equipment, and for wireless equipment such as mobile radios, handsets and base stations. The L4490A/91A provides tools to easily define and build a custom switch matrix while reducing overall design time, costs and time to marketall without sacrificing signal integrity.

Smart platform
The RF switch platform is available in two options, which gives flexibility for custom requirements as well as expandability for future projects. The 2U and 4U versions come with ample space to mount switches and other components. Both platforms come standard with 64 coil drives integrated into the enclosure, with several options offered for expansion.

The tool has a flexible and easily configurable switch mounting system for robust and reliable signal routing. It features 3D models for quick layout and documentation of RF/W switches and cables. It also offers a graphical Web interface for quick setup, troubleshooting and support as well as easy connection and control of all the most popular microwave switches and attenuators. According to the company, the platform boasts effective switch management with user-defined switch sequences, relay counter and switch closure verification, and software drivers for all the most common programming environments.

The L4490A/91A is a new addition to Agilent's 34980A and L4400 switch family that is fully compliant with the LXI class C specification. With built-in 10/100 Base-T Ethernet (LAN) and GPIB interfaces, engineers can quickly and easily connect to a PC or network. All of Agilent's new switch products can be remotely monitored or operated from any browser by connecting to the built-in Web pages.

The Agilent L4490A 2U high RF/?W RF Switch Platform with 64 relay drive lines is priced at $4,150. The L4491A 4U high RF/?W RF Switch Platform with 64 relay drive lines is priced at $4,750. The products are available now.

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