Dow-Key’s new low-cost Plug & Go RF switching solution

Ventura, CA, April 2, 2009 – Dow-Key has extended its switch solution by introducing a new plug & go RF system – the Gold Package consisting of a Controller Unit (6101) and a CANbus Address box (5060). This solution offers an ideal setup for engineers who are looking for a low-cost switching solution. It allows the user to design a switching matrix in any way desired by choosing CANBus switches together with the Gold Package (see data sheet for Silver Package).  The package provides both hardware and software that allows the user to interact and control each individual switch using SCPI commands. Model 6101 Photo

The Gold Package offers a sophisticated solution enclosed in 1U chassis that is ready to be used by plugging in coaxial switches on the rear panel. Model 6101 is fully equipped with dual power supplies, local, and remote control interfaces. A 2-line LCD display and a push-button keypad on the front panel allow the user to control the switching system locally. The rear panel of the chassis is populated with (24) CANbus interfaces and with either a RJ-45 (Ethernet interface) or a DP9 male connector (GPIB interface) for remote control. This ultimate solution requires no assembly time and is hassle free. All that is needed – plug in selected CANbus switches (purchased separately) on the rear and auto-configure the unit from the local LCD control – voila! The system is up and running at no time.Model 5060 Photo

In order for the system to distinguish between each CANbus switch, each switch needs to have its own address. Model 5060 is a unit that allows the user to program the switches easily with different addresses. Just plug in the CANbus switch, set a unique binary address via an 8-pin dip-switch, power up the unit, and flip a mechanical switch. A solid green LED will indicate when the CANbus switch has been programmed.

It is strongly advised to include Model 5060 in the package. It gives the user total control over how to interface with each switch at software level, in addition to, providing the user a safety net to re-program switches as needed.

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6101 Data Sheet
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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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