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Agilent Technologies introduces matrix module with automatic surge protection

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Agilent Technologies  has introduced two additional modules for its 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit.

The modules extend this solution's high-performance capabilities with even higher switching density and flexible measurements with automatic surge protection. These high-density modules are a cost-effective alternative to PXI and VXI test platforms.

The modules are Agilent Technologies' next step in a series of enhancements to the Agilent 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit.

They give R&D and manufacturing engineers in the aerospace/defence, consumer electronics, computers and peripherals, communications, semiconductor and automotive industries the flexibility to route low-frequency signals between stimulus, DUT (device under test) and measurement equipment when designing high pin-count tests.

"Our customers value the cost-effectiveness and ease of integrating the Agilent 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit," said Agilent Technologies' Gary Whitman, Vice President and General Manager, System Products Division. "

For customers who require even more flexibility in their high-density designs, switching units must be cost-effective and provide high-density switching options with high speed, performance and easy integration. These new modules deliver on all of those requirements at the same time."

The Agilent 34934A 512 cross-point reed matrix features high-density switching with low-level signal capability and a patent-pending automatic surge protection upon switch closure.

This, coupled with the row disconnect feature for minimising capacitance on multimodule configurations, ensures high-quality, high-speed measurements in high pin-count applications.

The Agilent 34939A 64 Channel Form A switch offers high-density SPST switching for device actuation and switching loads or power supplies. Both modules, together with the 19 modules already offered, comprise a high-performance family of 8-slot mainframe switches with built-in DMM.

The switches have 11 measurement functions and mix-and-match, plug-in modules that allow customers to create custom configurations.

R&D and manufacturing engineers can mix and match any of these 21 modules to create all the functionality required in a single, compact box.

Features of the Agilent 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit include:

  • Front-panel or software-controlled unit
  • Graphical Web interface for quick setup and troubleshooting
  • Easy connections with standard Dsub cables or screw terminal blocks
  • High-speed switching with up to 500 switch sequences stored in non-volatile memory
  • Relay cycle counter to monitor end of switch life
  • LXI Class C compliance with standard LAN, USB and GPIB interfaces

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