PALO ALTO, CALIF. Agilent Technologies Inc. will launch two high-speed bit error rate testers (Berts) for characterizing, verifying and testing optoelectronic and high-speed digital components at the Optical Fiber Conference in Baltimore the week of March 6. The 86130A BitAlyzer is a general-purpose serial 3.6-Gbit/second tester, while the 81250 ParBERT is a modular, parallel 2.6-Gbit/s model. Agilent says engineers can test 40-Gbit devices back to back, in parallel, using the 81250 ParBERT, which provides up to 64 parallel stimulus and 64 error-detection channels at speeds up to 2.66 Gbits/s. It also provides chip control signals, divided or multiplied clock signals, and operation at 1 Mbit/s to 2.6 Gbits/s with proprietary formats, as well as low-voltage differential-signaling (LVDS) load generation or analysis. For designers who need to test SAN-related multiplexers or demultiplexers, including Gigabit Ethernet, the combination of the 81250 ParBERT, 86130A BitAlyzer and 86100A Infiniium DCA helps solve physical high-speed design problems, Agilent said. The 81250 ParBERT is available now, starting at $70,000. The 86130A BitAlyzer will be available in April, starting at $110,000.
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