USB-powered, single-pole double-throw coaxial switch operates from DC to 18GHz

June 20, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Agilent Technologies announced a USB-powered, single-pole double-throw coaxial switch that operates from DC to 18 GHz.

The U1810B USB coaxial switch will support the standard plug-and-play functionality of typical USB devices, eliminating the need for additional power adapters or drivers, and simplifying setup. A button on the switch enables users to toggle the signal path between two output ports without using the software interface. Similar to Agilent's other microwave switches, the U1810B has a guaranteed 5-million-cycle operating life and guaranteed 0.03 dB insertion loss repeatability. The long operating life will help reduce the cost of test and ensures reliability of the test system throughout its life. The U1810B’s front panel provides an alternative software control interface. Users can control the switch using various software platforms such as C, LabVIEW or VEE.

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