Schaumburg, IL – Pickering Interfaces Inc. announced today that Hill Air Force Base recently awarded them a contract for a large quantity of their Model 45-542 6U High-Density Matrix modules for the PXI switching requirement that is part of the PATS-70 (Portable Automated Test Station) program for the life extension program of the A-10 aircraft. As part of the life extension program, the PATS-70 will provide ground-based diagnostics for the A-10 avionics systems.
The contract award calls for Pickering Interfaces to provide the 45-542 PXI switching module for up to eighty PATS-70 systems. This is one of the largest military contracts ever awarded to Pickering Interfaces.
Hill AFB was originally looking for a high-density switching module capable of handling 0.5Amp and 120VAC/95VDC in a 6U PXI module. Pickering's engineers designed, built and tested a new module to meet Hill's specification. During the design process it was determined that a 1,056 crosspoint matrix size (132x8), could be achieved in a single width, 6U PXI module. After extensive testing by Hill, it was determined that the new switch was capable of handling the capacitive load seen on the A-10 and the module performed as required. Quantity deliveries have started and the modules are being implemented in PATS-70 systems.
The 45-542 PXI switching module is a COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) product and is available worldwide. For specifications and pricing please visit the Pickering web site at pickeringtest.com.
About Pickering Interfaces
Pickering Interfaces offers signal switching and conditioning for a broad range of applications and architectures. Today, Pickering's portfolio contains the largest range of switching cards in the industry for PXI, LXI, PCI, VXI and GPIB applications. Pickering's products are specified in both commercial and military test systems installed throughout the world and have a reputation for providing excellent reliability and value. Pickering operates globally with direct operations in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, and engineering support in China, together with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Pickering serves a wide variety of markets, including automotive, aerospace & defense, power generation, energy and commercial electronics industries. For additional information, please visit www.pickeringtest.com.