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What is the expected lifetime of the relays used in the Keysight 34970A Plug-In Modules?

The Agilent 34970A has a Relay Maintenance System which automatically counts the cycles on each relay in the instrument and stores the total count in non-volatile memory on each switch module. Relays are electromechanical devices, which are subject to wear-out failure modes.

  • Switching typical signal levels will result in relay lifetimes from 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 operations.
  • High-power switching (greater than 25% rating) or high-voltage switching (over 100V) applications will yield relay lifetimes from 100,000 to 1,000,000 operations.
  • Low-voltage switching (below 30V) and low-current switching (less than 10 mA) applications will yield relay lifetimes to 100,000,000 operations.
  • RF switching applications seldom exhibit relay lifetimes exceeding 1,000,000 operations due to more stringent contact resistance requirements (typically less than 0.2 ohms).

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