Multiplexers / SDMX50SP
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SDMX50SP 50 Ohm Coaxial Multiplexer with Strain-Relief Bracket


The SDMX50SP is one of three 50 ohm, coaxial, 8:1 multiplexers that can be used in a TDR100-based system. It consists of a surge-protected multiplexer circuit board enclosed in a metal housing and a separate strain-relief bracket. Both the multiplexer housing and strain relief bracket have holes drilled at a 1” spacing. This allows the SDMX50SP to be mounted onto a wall or attached to the backplate of a user-supplied enclosure or Campbell Scientific enclosure (e.g., ENCTDR100, ENC12/14, ENC16/18). 



Multiplexer Housing Dimensions 24.9 x 12.2 x 4.6 cm (9.8 x 4.8 x 1.8 in.) with mounts
Strain Relief Bracket Dimensions 20.3 x 4.3 x 1.3 cm (8.0 x 1.7 x 0.5 in.)
Weight 590 g (1.3 lb)

Power Requirements

Input Power 12 Vdc
Quiescent Current Drain < 1 mA
Current Drain during Switching ~ 90 mA (All multiplexers of the same level switch simultaneously for less than 1 s.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to SDMX50SP: 6

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  1. The clicking sounds come from mechanical relays making and breaking their contacts.
  2. No. All SDMX50-series multiplexers in a TDR100 system may be connected to the same 12 V power supply.
  3. These three multiplexers all use the same relay board, but the housing differs. The multiplexers are described side-by-side on page 2 of this brochure.

    The most popular model is the SDMX50SP, followed by the SDMX50.

  4. PC-TDR is a free download in the Downloads section of the PC-TDR web page.

  5. In applications where TDR probes are used to measure soil water content, the maximum distance from the TDR probe back to the TDR100/TDR200 (even through one or more multiplexers) cannot exceed 15 m (50 ft) when using RG58 coaxial cable; the CS605-L, CS630-L, and CS640-L TDR probes have an RG58 cable. When using low-loss coaxial cable, the distance cannot exceed ≈25 m (80 ft); the CS610-L, CS635-L, and CS645-L TDR probes have a low-loss coaxial cable.

    In slope stability and rock mass deformation applications, the maximum coaxial cable length should not exceed ≈1 mile (5,280 ft). The maximum combined length of all SDM cables in the system should not exceed ≈76 m (250 ft).