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PCI fault insertion card

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PCI-based switching solutions. The company has introduced the 50-190 model, which is their first PCI fault insertion card.

The PCI fault insertion card (model 50-190) is available as either a one or two slot short PCI card (Photo: Pickering Interfaces)

THE PCI (PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT) fault insertion switch range is available with 36, 64, or 75 channels. It is primarily designed for the simulation of fault conditions in automotive and avionics applications involving the reliability testing of safety critical controllers. The product provides a bandwidth suited for use in CAN and Flexray networks.

This range is designed to be able to insert different types of fault conditions between the test fixture and the equipment under test. Relays on each channel allow the simulation of an open circuit between the stimulus/measurement connection and the UUT (units under test) connection. Fault insertion networks allow any channel to be shorted to any other channel and also enable any channel to be connected to an external fault condition.

Additionally, the product features one or two fault insertion networks, each of which can select from three fault sources, the ability to introduce open circuit paths, shorts between paths or shorts to fault connections such as battery or ground, as well as 2 A hot switch capacity for powers up to 60 W and voltages to 165 VDC/115 VAC.

The company promotes its test solutions in multiple platforms by offering fault insertion in different form factors (PXI and PCI). This allows the user to choose the most appropriate platform for their test system. Keith Moore, Managing Director of Pickering, explained: “Over the last year or so, we have been expanding our PCI product family in response to market demands. One would think that PCI is nearly obsolete, given that it is no longer available on desktop PCs. However, we have found that the industrial PC market, which is a larger market than PXI, still embraces PCI cards and expects to support them for many more years. As PCI products are electrically similar to standard PXI devices, it is a natural migration for Pickering to re-layout many of our popular PXI switch modules, thus supporting a greater portion of the test market.”

Modular signal switching and instrumentation

Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation. The company offers a range of switching cards for PXI, LXI, PCI, and GPIB applications as well as a range of supporting cables and connectors. The products are specified in test systems installed throughout the world.

According to the company, its products have a history of longevity, typically 15 years to 20 years, which is critical to many customers. All products come with a 3-year warranty and include guaranteed long-term support. Pickering serves many industries including automotive, aerospace and defense, power generation, energy and commercial electronics. It operates globally with direct operations in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, and China, with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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