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Reference receiver module debuts for LAN/SAN apps

Posted: 13 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical/electrical module? 100G Ethernet? LAN¸SAN?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced what it claims to be the industry's first optical/electrical module that provides unfiltered bandwidth and reference receiver capabilities for 100G Ethernet signals (implemented as four lanes each in the 25.8-27.7Gbit/s range) and 16X Fibre Channel (17Gbit/s single-mode variants) signals. The combination of unfiltered optical bandwidth to 45GHz and reference receiver capabilities in one module significantly accelerates the design cycle and product validation testing, allowing engineers to increase productivity and speed design improvements.

Used in Agilent's 86100C DCA-J wideband oscilloscope mainframe, the Agilent 86116C Option 025 module allows engineers to investigate, design and verify the performance of transceivers that terminate optical fibers for next-generation LAN and storage area networks (SAN).

"Since the telecom days of the 1990s, customers have been counting on Agilent to be the first in the industry to address their emerging sampling oscilloscope needs with application-specific solutions," said Scott Sampl, vice president and general manager of Agilent's oscilloscope business. "Like other members of the Agilent 86100C family, the new 86116C Option 025 helps engineers get deeper insight into their devices, increase their productivity and improve their designs in less time."

Option 025 works with 1,310nm and 1,550nm single-mode transmitters and characteristically has 45GHz optical and 93GHz electrical unfiltered bandwidth. Engineers prefer line-rate-specific reference receivers because they make compliance measurements far more consistently and reproducibly than unfiltered receivers. In addition, engineers need sufficient unfiltered bandwidth to troubleshoot designs and improve manufacturing yields.

Additional information about the Agilent 86116C Option 025 optical/electrical module is available from Agilent.

Agilent 86116C Option 025 is available at a starting price of $60,000. Agilent 86100C DCA-J firmware revision 8.0 is required and will be available in June.

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