Pickering Interfaces

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Pickering Interfaces Ltd.
Private Company
Industry Switching Product
Founded 1988; 29 years ago (1988)
Headquarters United Kingdom Clacton-On-Sea
Area served
United States
Products PCI
Website pickeringtest.com

Pickering Interfaces is a test and measurement company headquartered in Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom. Pickering designs, manufactures and markets a range of switching, simulation and cabling products in the LXI, PXI, and PCI platforms. These products are sold into the functional test, hardware-in-the-loop simulation (HILS) and design verifications markets.

Pickering is a privately owned company with design and manufacturing facilities in Clacton-on-Sea, UK and Trinec in the Czech Republic, together with additional company operated direct sales and support operations in the USA (East and West Coast), Germany, France, Sweden and China.

Company history[edit]

  • 1968 - Pickering Electronics[1] company formed to design and manufacture high reliability reed relays for the new Automatic Test Equipment market.
  • 1988 - Pickering Interfaces formed as a sister company and launches its first product an IEEE-488 controlled modular switching system, System 10, in the 3U modular format.
  • 1990 - High performance IEEE-488 switching solution, System 20, launched in the 6U modular format.
  • 1995 - High-density VXI Switching module range, System 30, released.
  • 1998 - First PXI switch card released, System 40.
  • 2000 - Pickering enter the PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) switching card market with System 50.
  • 2002 - Pickering release the BRIC range of ultra high-density switch modules in the PXI format with over 4000 relays per module, the highest density available in any test platform.
  • 2005 - Pickering now have released over 500 PXI Modules [2].
  • 2005 - Pickering and Agilent were the first companies to release LXI certified products [3] [4], Pickering with the 60-100 modular switching product available with over 500 switch cards at launch.
  • 2007 - Many additional LXI matrix, microwave, RF, optical, high voltage and power switching products released.
  • 2009 - The company introduced Built In Relay Self Test (BIRST) into its PXI Matrix product line.[5][6]
  • 2011 - Autotestcon Conference/Exposition, Baltimore, September 12: Pickering Interfaces launch 13 new PXI/LXI products [7].
  • 2013 - Pickering Interfaces launch 13 new PXI, LXI & PCI products
  • 2014 - Partnership with OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES for Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Fault Insertion testing.
  • 2014 - Pickering announces significant milestone of offering over 1,000 PXI modules
  • 2014 - Pickering Interfaces launch 17 new PXI & PCI products
  • 2015 - Pickering Interfaces introduces eBIRST Switching System Test Tools for PXI, LXI & PCI products.
  • 2016 - Pickering Interfaces introduces Switch Path Manager Signal Routing Software.
  • 2016 - Pickering Interfaces introduces Cable Design Tool an online tool to create customized cable assemblies.
  • 2016 - Pickering Interfaces introduces PXI Thermocouple Simulator Modules ideal for simulating the operation of a thermocouple.
  • 2016 - Pickering Interfaces introduces 2-Slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis a small lightweight form factor for portable, benchtop, and, space restrictive applications.

Principal Product Range[edit]

Pickering's primary products are in the PXI, LXI and PCI platforms, specifically in switching, programmable resistors, attenuators, power supplies, basic instrumentation and cabling for these products.

PIckering Interfaces Group of Companies[edit]

  • Pickering Interfaces Ltd, Clacton-on-Sea, England.
  • PIckering Interfaces Inc, Grant Pass, OR, USA.
  • Pickering Interfaces s.r.o., Trinec, Czech Republic.
  • Pickering Interfaces GmbH, Haar-Salmdorf, Munich, Germany.
  • Pickering Interfaces SARL, Noisel, Paris, France.
  • Pickering Interfaces AB, Varberg, Sweden.
  • 品英仪器(北京)有限公司, 北京, China.

Test Industry Associations[edit]

  • Pickering are Strategic members of the LXI consortium, [8].
  • Sponsor level members of the PXI Systems Alliance, [9]

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