Menlo Microsystems, Inc. released to production a new dual double-pole/triple-throw (2x DP3T) switch. The MM5620 switch provides the highest performance and data rates for high speed differential data applications. It offers unprecedented levels of parallel testing on space-constrained final and probe tests for mobile phones, graphics, network processors, as well as microprocessors and high speed memory products.

Based on Menlo Micro’s industry-leading 32 Gb/s MM5600 double-pole/double-throw switch currently in production, the MM5620 2x DP3T switch offers next-generation, high speed operation from DC to 20 GHz with unprecedented data rates and RF signal linearity, delivering up to 64 Gb/s (64 GT/s) of high-quality data signal integrity. The MM5620 switch’s system-in-package solution fully integrates the switch driver and charge pump, along with loopback capacitors, offering significant board footprint reduction for high volume production test solutions. 

“With our introduction of the MM5620 earlier this year, Menlo Micro is enabling a host of industry-leading high speed data semiconductor designers and manufacturers.” remarked Chris Giovanniello, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing at Menlo Micro. “Thus far, product feedback from our customers points to superior data rate and PAM-4 signal integrity for PCIe 6 applications, while offering the versatility of double-density HSIO loopback test mode that will drastically increase integrated circuit test coverage and throughput.”

Integrated loopback: The MM5620 provides a complete, end-to-end Tx to Rx differential loopback solution, including integrated decoupling capacitors, while also providing multiple high speed connections back to the user test equipment. 

Compact design: The MM5620’s small-footprint and low-profile 8.2 x 8.2 x 1.6 mm LGA package provides a 90% reduction in size over conventional electromagnetic relay (EMR) solutions. This significant volume reduction enables more test sites and easier top and/or bottom routing.

1000x faster switching: The MM5620’s ultra-fast switching speed (< 30 µs operation time and < 10 µs release time) is 1000x faster than EMRs, enabling reduced test time and cost-of-test.

1000x more reliable: The MM5620 provides unmatched reliability and can operate with more than 3 billion switching cycles, resulting in reduced downtime, maintenance and cost and a 1000x longer lifetime compared to conventional EMRs. 

Power efficient: The MM5620 operates at less than 9 mW, a significant reduction in power consumption compared to EMRs or other relays, making it the highest efficiency high speed DP3T switching solutions available in the market.