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Analyzer delivers fast calibration for CATV testing

Posted: 12 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lightwave analyzer? optical component analyzer? CATV? network analyzer?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has unveiled the fourth member of its lightwave component analyzer (LCA) series, claimed to be the only turnkey test solution for CATV or radio over fiber electro-optical component test. The LCA offers fast calibration and test setup, providing a time-saving, competitive edge to all design and manufacturing engineers.

The Agilent N4374B LCA replaces the 8702 LCA, and offers accurate and traceable electro-optical S-parameter for transmitter and receiver test and is based on the ENA-C series Agilent network analyzers.

In linear optical transmission systems, like CATV or in radio over fiber applications, the performance of the electro-optical components is a key contributor to the performance of the overall transmission system. The N4374B LCA enables design engineers to design electro-optical transmitters and receivers with lowest distortion by offering specified phase accuracy in addition to high-amplitude accuracy.

The Agilent N4374B LCA also offers first-time relative and absolute responsivity specification traceable to international standards. This ensures that all test data are worldwide comparable within the specified uncertainty, thus helping R&D and manufacturing engineers to compare test results measured with two LCA at different locations.

"Fast and accurate electro-optical test with a turn-key solution are key contributors for developing high-quality products with a reduced design cycle," said Juergen Beck, general manager of Agilent's digital photonic test business. "The lightwave component analyzer is the workhorse for designers and manufacturing engineers of electro-optical components because it offers the highest productivity, thanks to faster and easy calibration and test setup."

Additional features of the Agilent N4374B lightwave component analyzer include:

  • accurate responsivity test with less than 0.8dB uncertainty;

  • specified absolute accuracy of absolute responsivity;

  • 75? support with minimum loss pad for CATV applications;

  • specified phase uncertainty;

  • integrated optical average power meter; and

  • identical user interface and remote control across all new N437x LCA series.

    The Agilent N4374B lightwave component analyzer is available with single or dual wavelength options at 1,310- or 1,550nm. Pricing starts at $101,000.

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