Dow-Key Microwave announces LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) certified switching systems

Our LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) certified switching systems offer a broad range of functionality to meet a wide variety of applications needs in design verification, combining state-of-the-art measurements in a small package at a cost-effective price. Photo: LXI products

Ventura, CA, January 26, 2009 – Dow-Key Microwave Corp., a Dover Corporate owned company, has brought its switch matrix product line to the next level by offering LXI certified switching systems. LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) is the next generation emerging instrument control standard based on local area network (LAN) and Ethernet technologies, where Dow-Key now offers such remote control interface.

LXI Switching System

An Dow-Key Microwave LXI switching systems, referred to as an LNET system, allows the user to control the system via a standardized LAN (IEEE-802.3) interface that provides a framework for web based interfacing and programmatic control. As a Class C LXI certified company, Dow-Key allows through the use of LabView and IVI drivers to remotely control and command the matrix system.

IVI Driver Information
Category:                           IVI-C
IVI Driver Revision:          1.0
IVI Driver Identification:    DK0001

Driver Vendor:                   DowKey Microwave 

LXI units are unique in the sense that the units are not accessible locally and that the switches are mounted on the front panel instead of on the rear panel. The advantages is it allows the user easily to connect/or disconnect the DUT from the switching matrix to test the next DUT. In addition, Ethernet and RS-232 ports are provided on the rear-panel.

Dow-Key Microwave offers broadband matrix solution with frequencies stretching from DC to 40 GHz (and switches stretching up to 70 GHz). Any desired configuration is supported – you name it – blocking, crossbar, fan-out, fan-in, or any hybrid configuration. With customized solutions as their specialty and years of system experience, Dow-Key Microwave build to design.

If a switching unit with both LXI and local control capability is desired, Dow-Key Microwave offers the EWEB solution which allows the user to take advantage of both technologies. Contact Dow-Key for further information.

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Dow-Key Microwave Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of electromechanical RF Switches and Switching Systems, is part of the Microwave Products Group (MPG), which is a subsidiary of Dover Corporation. We specialize in Coaxial Switches, Waveguide Switches, Space Qualified Switches, Electromechanical Switch Matrices, Solid State Switch Matrices, Fiber Optic Switch Matrices, Programmable Delay Lines and much more. Specializing in RF Matrix, Switch Matrix, and RF Switches.

As a leader in RF technology, Dow-Key offers high performance waveguide switches operating up to 70 GHz, coaxial switches operating up to 40 GHz, Hi-Rel switches such as SPDT, transfer switch, T-Switch, various waveguide switches and switching blocks, and switching systems such as SATCOM modules, RF matrices with individual switches, non-blocking crossbar, fan-in and fan-out modules, hybrid switching solution and much more (electromechanical, solid state and fiber optics), in addition to, custom switching designs and reliable solutions, as it is required in today's fast paced communication industry. Our products are used in a wide range of different markets, from commercial, military and to space, with applications in ATE, avionics, ground based, satellite communications, broadcasting, Hi-Rel, and many more. We are specialized in RF technology and custom switching needs. Dow-Key Microwave is AS9100 / ISO-9001:2008 certified and is committed to provide unparalleled customer service, competitive pricing and on-time delivery. Founded in 1945, Dow-Key is the oldest continuously operational RF Relay manufacturer in the United States.

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