Agilent Technologies has introduced two new 43G Bit Error Ratio (BER) test systems, supporting the emerging 40Gb/s technology at the 17th National Fibre Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC), currently being held in Baltimore (Maryland, US)
The test systems are designed to permit semiconductor, component and equipment manufacturers to analyse the actual BER introduced by individual 40Gbit/s components, line-cards or complete systems that will be deployed in US standard OC-768 or European standard STM-256 transmission lines.
The Agilent ParBERT 81250 43G is designed to test electrical devices such as 16:1 muxes/demuxes. The Agilent BERT E2150A 43G electrical/optical system tests optical devices. Agilent's portfolio also consists of the 86100A Infiniium DCA wide-bandwidth oscilloscope with the 86109B module and its non-return-to-zero and return-to-zero waveform analysis.
"Optical networking is critical to the future of telecommunications and 40Gbit/s transmission rates are key to the future of optical networking," said Byron J. Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of Agilent's Electronic Products and Solutions Group. "The telecommunications industry needs to bring new high-capacity fibre optic systems on line fast to keep up with customer demand. Our test solutions enable customers to quickly and accurately make the measurements needed to reduce time-to-market for new 40Gbit/s products."