Pickering announces the addition of three new updated PXI switching modules and the release of the 5th edition of their PXImate book.
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New Diagnostic and Switching Products from Pickering Interfaces

Our mission is to provide our customers the broadest selection, the highest density and lowest
cost for advanced functional test applications.

New - eBIRST Switching System Test Tools

Lower the Cost of Switching System Ownership

eBIRST switching system test tools

We are pleased to introduce the eBIRST switching system test tools. We know that switching systems are an important part of many test systems and accidents can happen that can cause a faulty device. When this happens, you need to be able to get your system up and running as quickly as possible. 

This is where our eBIRST tools come in — these tools will:

  • Quickly determine if your switching system has faults
  • Identify where that fault is located at relay level and allow you to take fast corrective action
  • Save repair costs 
  • Minimize downtime of the switching system

The eBIRST tools, designed specifically for our PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) products, simplify switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and identifying the faulty relays. Once identified, the tools then display a graphical representation of the switching system’s PCB assembly, highlighting the relays that need to be replaced. The eBIRST tools achieve this task by measuring the path resistance between different pins on the switching system connector and controlling the path through the system to allow it to test any of the relays in the system. Systems that use separate input and output connections can be tested by use of two eBIRST tools in a master/slave configuration.

eBIRST switching system test tool diagram

The eBIRST toolset consists of three different tools that support 200-way LFH, 78-way D and 50-way D connectors and a set of adaptors that allow connection to other connector types. A supplied application program controls the eBIRST tools via a USB2 connection that also provides the tool power and controls the switching system using a Test Definition File to define the test sequence. The tool dimensions allow eBIRST to be used to test PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) controlled switching systems.

The application program, which is free to download from our website, is regularly updated to include support for a growing range of Pickering Interfaces switching products.

Visit our website at www.pickeringtest.com/ebirst or,

Please Contact Us To Learn More

Why do we offer so many modules?
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As you see from the new product offerings above, our product range continues to grow, most of this growth has been driven by a number of different application requirements.  These requirements are so varied that test engineers demand a very wide and every increasing range of solutions.

"One size fits all" just doesn't work in switching for Test & Measurement.

Our PXI line alone has over 1000 modules available. pickering-1000-pxi-modules

To help understand why we offer such a large range, we decided to put together a blog article of Frequently Asked Questions, you can take a look a the article here or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have:



Pickering's LXI Switching Matrix chosen for Collider Signal Monitoring at CERN
April 14 - 16 / Beijing, China
Booth 318
April 15 / Magny Les Hameaux, France
April 21 - 22 / Birmingham, UK

SMT Hybrid Packaging 2015
May 5 - 7 / Nuremberg, Germany
Booth 6-110
May 7 / Beijing, China
May 12 / Shanghai, China 
May 17 - 22 / Phoenix, AZ USA
Booth 2814
May 19 - 21 / Long Beach, CA USA
Booth 4049 in Testing Zone
Meilhaus High Tech on the Olympic Tower 
June 24 - 25 / Munich, Germany


Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation; with the largest range of switching cards in the industry for PXI, LXI, PCI, and GPIB applications. Our products are specified in test systems installed throughout the world and have a reputation for providing excellent reliability and value.

Pickering operates globally with direct operations in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, and China; as well as additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. 

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