EADS North America Test and Services introduces the Racal Instruments™ 1257A, RFIU switch system family

EADS North America Test and Services, a division of EADS North America, Inc., introduces its sixth-generation switch system family, the Racal Instruments™ 1257A RF Interface Units (RFIUs). The company is offering the units, which are scalable and modular, in sizes from 1U to 6U and with a range of customization options.

Containing industry-standard interfaces, a rich SCPI command set, and IVI drivers, the RFIUs are easy to use and compatible with most software environments. In addition, all units include relay counters to monitor end of life, so the user will know when the relays need to be replaced. This ensures they will not fail during an important test.

The 1257A-1 through 1257A-4 high-density, front-pluggable COTS switch systems are scalable and offer a variety of topologies. For example, the 1U version accommodates up to 12 front-pluggable, non-terminated RF relays with choices from among dual SPDTs, transfer switches, SP4Ts, and SP6Ts at frequencies up to 18 GHz. The 2U through 4U versions can accommodate terminated or non-terminated relays with frequencies up to 40 GHz.

The 1257A-D development versions of the system are intended for in-house development as a potential cost-saving mechanism. EADS North America Test and Services provides the software and hardware building blocks necessary to customize the RF system to meet the user’s requirements. The user then assembles and configures the 1257-D, choosing from a wide variety of qualified RF component manufacturers.

When a custom-tailored solution is preferred, EADS North America Test and Services designs and builds the 1257A-C to the user’s specifications, including full documentation and 100 percent reproducibility. With this unit, the user receives a secure, personalized website to monitor project progress, obtain project status and preliminary documentation, and download instrument drivers that enable him or her to begin coding immediately. Upon completion, this site becomes the support site for documentation, drivers, and more.

“EADS North America Test and Services has a long history of providing exceptional switching products,” said President Jim Mulato. “We have leveraged 50 years of experience in switch system design and implementation to develop a technologically advanced RF Interface Unit, offering flexibility, scalability, and reduced cost to our customers.”

About EADS North America Test and Services (www.ts.eads-na.com)
EADS North America Test and Services, a division of EADS North America, is a recognized leader in the test and measurement industry. We design, manufacture and support Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), instruments and switching systems, integrated systems, and software that are used to assure the quality, safety, and readiness of our customers’ mission-critical products. Manufactured in Irvine, CA, our products are used extensively in production test environments, including many leading electronics, semiconductor, and aerospace companies, as well as in field test environments by all branches of the military.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $12 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 220,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

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