In designing the microsKanner, we wanted to
perpetuate the use of high reliability, solid-state switching
uniquely employed by Metrosol in the microK range. However,
the limited off-resistance of the photoMOS devices used
meant that we had to develop a completely new switching
topology. This led to the development of our buffered switching
system that eliminates the effect of the leakage limitations
of these devices. We wanted the microsKanner to be more
than just a “switch box” and so duplicated the
front end of the microK bridge for each channel so that
it expands it by up to 90 channels without any loss of performance.
A plug-and-play approach was adopted in the design to make
the microsKanner easy to use; new channels are simply added
to the user interface as they are connected.
from the microK Design Team
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