RAIN Xplorer GPIO Switch

RAIN Xplorer GPIO Switch

New module supporting advanced automated reader testing

The Xplorer GPIO Switch is an accessory unit for the CISC RAIN Xplorer to switch between two RF sensor modules including other CISC RAIN Xplorer accessories. A typical use case is switching one contact and one contactless RF Sensor Module.

The multiplexing is controlled from the GUI or API via the CISC RAIN Xplorer unit. The switched GPIO port that is on has all pins electrically connected with the corresponding pins of the GPIO Common port. The other GPIO port has all pins disconnected.

DI Josef Preishuber-Pflügl

Being active in UHF RFID and NFC since its beginning it is great to see how the technology evolved and became mature. CISC is now offering product and services to support a very high maturity level of both RFID and NFC through measurement+test products, as well as with product development support services to allow even more growth for RFID+NFC.

DI Josef Preishuber-Pflügl
CTO and Business Manager RFID+NFC
Klagenfurt, Austria

Key features

  • 1 x 2 multiplexer
  • Bi-directional
  • Full compatibility with the CISC RAIN Xplorer
  • Supplied with GPIO cable; length 1.5 m


  • The Xplorer GPIO Switch switches between two RF sensor modules, typically a contactless and a contact one.
  • The Xplorer GPIO Switch is supplied with a D-sub GPIO cable. It is powered from the CISC RAIN Xplorer.
  • Can be used together with other accessories such as the CISC Phase Shifter and Impedance Emulator as well as support testing from handhelds with integrated antenna to Four-Port readers.
  • A special need for such kind of testing is required in production and additionally to read tests for lab-like receiver performance, protocol conformance, and endurance tests.

CISC is an international oriented and highly awarded company that provides competitive and innovative products and technology for design and verification of heterogeneous networked embedded microelectronic systems.

  • Global leader in providing RFID and NFC test solutions
  • Solutions for all passive UHF RFID standards including RAIN RFID, GS1 EPCglobal, ISO/IEC 18000-63 Type C UHF RFID Air interface, and ISO/IEC 29167 Crypto Suites
  • Our NFC test devices meet the requirement of EMVco, NFC-Forum, ISO/IEC, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and other contactless payment schemes
  • Experience in the semiconductor, automotive, wireless communication, and RFID industry

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