Fremont, Calif. Ascor Inc. says that its Series 8000 GPIB Microwave Switch Units spring from customer requests for cost-effective solutions to high-bandwidth test requirements.
Though switch requirements are not in the 18-GHz range, the configuration requirements of large switch trees and complex switch matrices call for the use of high-bandwidth microwave switches as the cornerstones for those trees and matrices, according to Ascor.
The company has expanded its offering by incorporating general-purpose interface bus (GPIB) control in the Series 8000 product line. The company is also offering the same capabilities with RS-232 controls.
Because there are so many ways that you can configure these microwave switches, and because Ascor's implementation offers many alternatives, it is difficult to predefine specific model numbers, the company said.
In one case, the switches (a pair of 1 x 4s and four 1 x 2s) are all located on the front panel so that the customer can interconnect as it wishes. In another case, the switches are all located inside the "box" with only the I/O connections available on the outside.
Prices for the Series 8000 switches start at $3,500.
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