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Multiport power meter speeds up testing

Posted: 18 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical power meter? multiport power meter? power-sensor modules?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has demonstrated a new optical power meter with four (N7744A) or eight (N7745A) power-sensor channels at the Fiber Optics Expo. The optical multiport power meter is said to provide increased throughput and higher operational efficiency. Designed for characterizing optical multiport components, these optical power meters are designed for high-speed measurement DAQ and fast data transfer for post-processing.

This optical power meter extends Agilent's portfolio with cost-effective four and eight powersensor modules in a single box. It offers a short minimum averaging time of 1?s and a high dynamic range during swept wavelength measurements. The very fast sample rate of 1MSps enables time-resolved measurement of transient signals.

The power meter's fiber connectivity concept is said to be the industry's first solution to separate the connecting task from the measurement task. The removable connector holder offers connector choice and can be attached to the multi-channel device while the instrument measures another device.

With the new LAN and USB interfaces, the system offers optimized throughput and data transfer for post-processing. For compatibility with existing equipment, the GPIB interface is also included.

The optical power meter enables fast measurement of all multiport devices including muxes, PON splitters, wavelength switches and ROADMs.

The Agilent N7744A and N7745A optical multiport power meter will be available for ordering on Feb. 1 at a starting price of $9,500 for the 4-port and $14,500 for the 8-port power meter.

- Gina Roos

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