AUTOMATED test engineers can now create ultra high density switch systems in a single PXI chassis, by using the high density PXI switch module from National Instruments combined with NI Switch Executive switch management software.
The new NI PXI-2532 ultra high-density module offers 512 crosspoints - the largest matrix density available for a single 3U PXI slot.
With the new module, engineers can create an up to 4x2176 1-wire matrix in a single PXI chassis. When used with the NI PXI-6653 multichassis synchronisation module, it is possible to create hundreds of thousands of synchronised matrix crosspoints with the new module.
In addition, engineers can increase test throughput with the switch's scan rate of 2000 crosspoints per second - more than double the scan rate of typical reed relay switches.
The PXI-2532 switch uses a ceramic reed relay from MEDER electronic. The module offers more efficient ATE by combining the size and speed of MEDER's CRR relay with the timing, triggering and relay count tracking of the NI hardware framework.
NI Switch Executive off-the-shelf switch management software fully integrates with all NI switches, including the new NI PXI-2532 switch, for faster system setup, design and maintenance.
NI Switch Executive simplifies the configuration, management and automation of switch systems with a graphical configuration interface and an intuitive software interface for program development.
The software-assisted routing significantly reduces the time required to define and maintain high-channel-count and multimodule systems.
For existing test systems and hybrid-platform systems, NI Switch Executive also can manage and control third-party switches through interchangeable virtual instrument (IVI) drivers.
With switch software and hardware from NI, engineers can create a scalable test platform using PXI for applications ranging from low-channel-count, high-frequency prototype characterisation test, to high-channel-count, high-throughput validation and manufacturing test.
The PXI-2532 switch and NI Switch Executive are suitable for applications in a variety of industries including military, aerospace and automotive.