APPLICATIONS FOR MEMS SWITCHES
1. Measurement Resource Sharing
Sercalo Switches can be used in measurement environments in the means of resource sharing applications. The output signal of a Measurement System is used as the input of a Sercalo switch which afterwards sends the signal to the appropriate device or fiber, acting in this way as a resource sharing equipment; (the applications can also be also seen from left to right)
This is fully advantageous in the case of automatic testing and in the study of a device's behavior at different conditions all in one measurement.
The activity domain of the Sercalo switches is diverse. Simply by changing the measurement system we change the domain of use, in the telecommunications world an OTDR will be used, in the temperature testing domain a DTS system and in the stress testing a FBG system.
Shortly Sercalo Switches will be also able to work with visible light expanding the usage to spectroscopy applications.
The big benefits of Sercalo switches are their high repeatability, no recalibration and no wear out.
2. Line Protection
Sercalo Switches can be used in backup environments, in the moment of a network failure, or a fiber breakage. In this case scenario, information is transmitted through a backup line. Once the failure has occurred, it needs to be solved in all cases with the fastest procedure. Sercalo Switches in this type of scenario brings the benefit of high reliability and fast response time.
3. Remote Network Monitoring
Sercalo Switches can be used in remote network monitoring. In this scenario, after taking a sample of the light that is being transmitted over the network, the switch will send it to the measurement equipment, for example, a power meter or a Bit Error Rate Tester. In this way, with Sercalo Switches can be used to monitor the network automatically and remotely using effectively the measuring resources and detecting a network failure as soon as it occurs.
4. By-Pass Switching
In this ring using network protection, when a breakage occurs the solution is to send the information on the backup line. But what if a second breakage also occurs in the backup line? In this situation 1 and 2 cannot communicate anymore. In this case Sercalo switches can be used as a by-pass switching solution. And by placing a 2x2 switch in 3, information can reach 2 from 1. We can highlight in this type of applications Sercalo switches high reliability.
5. Measurement Setup
Another application of Sercalo Swiches is in measurement setup scenarios. In this case, the Sercalo Switch is used to switch between different wavelengths that are used to test the behavior of the Device Under Test; afterwards a phase of analyze can be done.
The benefits of using Sercalo Switches are their high repeatability, no recalibration and no wear out.