Using an electromechanical matrix allows users to route multiple RF signals to multiple output paths, in the form of:
• Crossbar – one path exists between the input signal and the output path.
• Fan-Out – divides the input signal so that it can be routed simultaneously to different output paths.
• Fan-In – Combines all input signals and routes them simultaneously to the same output path.
These systems are designed for the applications: ATE (ideal for testing UUT) and SATCOM (for switching between communication signals in a larger scale). The primary advantages to using these units are the broad bandwidth, high density switching (route many inputs/output signals), and their perfect compatibility with low and high RF power applications. The trade-offs to using the units though are their slower switching speed, limited life, and larger systems. There are also a variety of software controls that come with all matrices including LCD/keypad or touch screen for manual control or Ethernet, RS-232, HTTP, LabView or GPIB for remote control. Our high-quality electromechanical matrices are engineered with precision and vary by Matrix type, Input/Output Configuration, Connector type, Frequency, and type of Software control.
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.
are an electromechanical switch made primarily for routing microwave signals/RF energy from one point to another within a transmission line. Search For Coaxial Switches
are electromagnetic switches with hollow circular or rectangular cross-sections and are used for routing RF energy in microwave communications, broadcasting, and in radar applications. Learn More About Waveguide Switches Search For Waveguide Switches
are precision made switching systems, manufactured using solid state switches. Search For Solid State Matrices
A flexible, yet modular system architecture comprised of a series of brackets, panels and electronic-boards that are universal among all Dow-Key electromechanical models. Learn More About RF Matrix
Fiber Optic Matrices
fiber optic switch matrices
are designed to switch signals in pure optical domain with the use of MEMS switches. Search For Fiber Optic Matrices
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PXI switch modules
are manufactured for high performance switching devices used in a PXI switch solution, we now offer alternative solutions such as the Electromechanical matrix product line. Search For Electromechanical matrix products
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Programmable Delay Lines
are programmable devices are designed to delay RF input signals up to 200ns maximum with a minimum step size starting at 10 ps. Dow-Key produces the highest quality, and most reliable programmable delay lines and offers them in a variety of delays. Search For Programmable Delay Lines
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We offer electro-mechanical and solid-state and coaxial switches for a wide range of RF and microwave applications. We have extensive experience with commercial, Military, Avionics and Space markets. Learn More About RF Switch