Farnell is shipping over 100 types of reed relays from Pickering Electronics 

Over 100 types of reed relays from Pickering Electronics are now available from Farnell. The reed relays are used in demanding instrumentation, test and measurement and semiconductor test applications. They are available now and in stock and available for fast delivery, said Farnell.

These reed relays are suitable for semiconductor test, ATE systems, test and measurement equipment, instrumentation, electric vehicle test and renewable energy applications. 

The relays include instrumentation grade reed switches which are 100 per cent tested for all operating parameters and are 100 per cent thermal cycle tested from -20 to +85 degrees C to -20 degrees C. This process is repeated three times to stress test the manufacturing processes. All switch contacts are hermetically sealed preventing contact oxidization, which can occur in conventional open format relays. These procedures result in delivery of a relay with a stable long life up to 5x10E9 operations, said Farnell.

Pickering Electronics claims to manufacture the smallest high voltage reed relays available on the market. For example, the Series 131 has a minimum 1.5kV stand-off. It also claims to offer the world’s smallest reed relay footprint – the Series 120 – which offers up to 1A at 20W on a 4.0 x 4.0mm pitch. These compact devices enable designers to fit up to 85 per cent more relays on a PCB compared to common industry standard-sized relays, providing more switching options for test systems.

According to Simon Meadmore, vice president of product and supplier management, at Farnell said the range is a valuable addition to the distributor’s electromechanical relay product portfolio. “Farnell customers now have the flexibility to design and develop new products and test equipment featuring Pickering Electronics’ products . . . . As the number of electric vehicles on the roads rapidly increases, high voltage isolation reed relays are an essential solution for testing and continuing development of battery and drive-train technology,” he said.

Farnell is part of the Avnet Group, offering customers have support through all stages of the product development cycle, including product introduction, sampling, development, mass production, complex design needs and end of life management. 

Customers also have free access to online resources, datasheets, application notes, videos, webinars and 24/5 technical support.

The new range of Pickering Electronics reed relays are available now for fast delivery from Farnell in EMEA, Newark in North America and element14 in APAC.


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