Keysight RF/Microwave Switching Solutions
Keysight Technologies, Inc. has been providing RF/Microwave switch solutions for over 20 years. We have offerings from simple switch control to fully integrated solutions that are tested and documented. Keysight is in the unique position of supplying the highest quality RF and Microwave components, and the expertise to guarantee world-class path performance in a switching solution.
Keysight has a broad range of solutions for R&D and manufacturing engineers who develop design validation or functional test systems for a variety of applications. We offer RF/Microwave solutions with the broad range of supported switches up to 50 GHz and custom solutions to 67 GHz, futureproofing your investment for emerging commercial standards like WiMAXTM, LTE and UMB. Our solutions are designed for test applications in many areas including military radios, radar communications or satellites in Aerospace/Defense or handsets, base stations, or radio components in wireless applications.
There are many issues one must consider when designing an RF switch matrix, which makes it a challenging task. Some of these issues include the:
RF/Microwave Switching Solutions
This brochure describes how Keysight solutions can provide just the right switching solutions to give you the confidence you need in your measurements. It provides an overview of the many RF/Microwave switching solutions as well as how to best choose among several different types of approaches to RF switching and/or switch control.
Many of Keysight’s switching products come standard with these key features:
RF/Microwave switching considerations
The choice of cables, connectors and switches can significantly impact overall system performance and reliability. The cables, connectors and switches create the signal path from the DUT to the measurement instruments. Ideally, there would be no signal degradation when routing from one point to another. For actual test systems, there is always some degradation of the signal in passing through these components. Signal degradation is directly related to signal frequency and the quality of signal routing components. To ensure good signal integrity choose cables, connectors and switches where the insertion loss, VSWR, and isolation at the desired frequencies do not compromise the measurement.
Key factors in selecting RF/Microwave switches
When selecting RF/Microwave switches, be aware that the most common and readily available switches often present a minimum viable solution. The cost of the minimum solution may seem attractive; however, when using these products, the test system can give varying results over time and can often be difficult to troubleshoot. By adding a few switching options and features, you can significantly improve the repeatability, performance and usability of your switching solution.
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