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PXIT modules enhance optical transceiver testing

Posted: 07 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PXIT modules? optical transceivers? transceiver testing?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced four next-generation PXIT modules for testing optical transceivers. The PXIT family, which offers both a bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA), now provides double the bit-rate coverage and improved performance.

The modular platform allows optical transceiver manufacturers to combine key instruments needed to perform required measurements in one mainframe via the same interface to reduce the cost of test and increase production throughput.

The four additions include the following modules:

??The N2100B PXIT 8.5Gbps digital communications analyzer is a 4-slot module that allows customers to perform accurate eye-diagram analysis to characterize the quality of transmitters from 1Gbps to 8.5Gbps. It doubles the bit-rate coverage of the DCA and the number of possible filters.

??The N2101B PXIT 10.7Gbps bit error ratio tester is a 3-slot module with a high-accuracy clock source, data-pattern generator and error detector that allows for automatic BER analysis to characterize the quality of devices. The N2101B version has more than doubled the upper line rate performance (10.7Gbps) and the number of supported internal lines rates, as well as a lower minimum line rate (155Mbps).

??The N2100B PXIT 11.1Gbps pattern generator is a 2-slot module capable of generating multiple patterns. The N2102B enables complete coverage from 622Mbps to 11.1Gbps with improved jitter and transition times.

??The N2099A PXIT synthesizer is a 2-slot module that covers a 2-GHz tuning range and is available at a number of center frequencies: 5.25-, 9.4- and 10.5GHz. The N2099A is a suitable clock source for the N2101B and N2102B modules when an external clock is required.

The starting price for the Agilent N2100B is $27,000; the Agilent N2101B starting price is $35,000; the Agilent N2102B starting price is $17,500; and the Agilent N2099A starting price is $8,000.

Agilent will be participating at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and the 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan on August 23-24 at the Taipei International Convention Center.

- Gina Roos

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