A non-blocking RF switch matrix is more complex than the blocking type, but it’s also more flexible. In this configuration, an input can be switched to multiple outputs. One input can in fact be switched to all of the outputs at once. This provides an extra degree of flexibility compared to the blocking architecture. However, a non-blocking architecture still has the limitation of not allowing two or more inputs to be switched to the same output. Input 1 for example can be simultaneously switched to every output or selectively switched to several outputs at once, but no other input can be switched to any of the same outputs.
The FlexMatrix reconfigurable RF switch matrix allows test engineers that work in radar, consumer wireless, and military communications applications to easily adjust, modify, or expand their RF switching capabilities.
Corry Micronics’ RFMS-4X256-B is a 4 to 256 blocking RF switch matrix covering the 900-2500 MHz frequency range. It has a -8dB insertion loss, 50 ohms impedance, 10 dB return loss, +30 dBm P1dB, -80 dB isolation, and a 5µs switching speed (50% trigger to 10% RF power).
ETL Systems presents the new 64 x 64 L-Band Hurricane Matrix customized to meet exact RX chain requirements for applications within the 850-2450 MHz frequency range. The unique design allows for the selection of input modules that exactly match teleport or broadcaster requirements. Each input port can be tailored with its own modules including fiber L-band input, LNB powering, variable gain / slope compensation, and RF level detection.