Coaxial reed relay meets 3GHz needs

Pickering Electronics has launched a new miniature coaxial reed relay for high frequency RF systems up to 3GHz. Series 113RF SIL/SIP reed relays feature a 2mm spacing footprint, allowing high density stacking.

Pickering Electronics’ technical specialist, Kevin Mallett, said: “These small, screened reed relays are faster and smaller than electromechanical relays, have a lower insertion loss and better DC capabilities than solid state relays, and better hot switching performance than micro-electromechanical machine products.”

Series 113RF relays suit switching up to 10W, 0.5A. Form A configurations (SPST normally open) are available with 3V or 5V coils with resistances of up to 100/300ohms respectively.

At low levels, typical life expectancy is greater than 250 million reliable operations. The relays employ instrumentation grade reed switches with sputtered ruthenium contacts and are ideal for automatic test equipment.

All Series 113RF reed relays feature an internal mu-metal magnetic screen.