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.



Notes from the microK Design Team


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