|[January 24, 2013]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies to Showcase Bit Error Ratio Tester at DesignCon
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will demonstrate
a 32-Gb/s bit error ratio tester with fast rise time and higher output
amplitude at DesignCon (Booth 201) in Santa Clara Convention Center,
A new era of data center infrastructure enabling cloud computing, big
data and analytics is driving the development of new high-speed data
transfer standards such as 100-Gb Ethernet and 32-Gb Fibre Channel. The
higher speeds create new testing challenges for optical and electrical
component designers. More stringent requirements for component
characterization necessitate faster rise/fall times. Optical
transceivers and transmitter optical subassemblies (TOSAs) require high
drive voltages that standard pattern-generator outputs cannot supply.
To address the issue, Agilent has created remotely mountable
pattern-generator heads for use with its N4960A BERTs (bit error ratio
testers). The new pattern-generator heads (N4951B Option H32 and Option
H17) feature improved rise and fall times of 12 ps to give ASIC
designers the headroom necessary for signal fidelity at the test pin.
In addition, these new options integrate higher voltage output drivers
into the pattern generator. This feature allows designers of optical
transceivers to directly drive VCSELs, TOSAs and laser modulators for
higher-data-rate applications such as 100-Gb Ethernet and OIF (News - Alert)-CEI-28G,
without the need for external driver amplifiers, associated
interconnecting cables and power supplies.
"Acrss our broad range of BERT solutions, Agilent offers choices for
applications in R&D, validation and manufacturing," said Jürgen Beck,
vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Photonics Test
Division. "Each of our BERTs delivers accurate, repeatable results that
help engineers precisely characterize performance and ensure compliance
with industry standards. We have improved the rise/fall times of our
32-Gb/s N4960A serial BERT family so high-speed component designers now
have the signal fidelity and headroom they need to test their
As part of the N4960A BERT family, the new pattern generators are
configured as remote heads connected to the BERT controller with a
cable. This configuration allows the pattern generator to be located
close to the device under test, minimizing the length of the signal
cable, which helps minimize signal degradation.
Additional information about Agilent's new N4960A BERT is available at www.agilent.com/find/N4960A.
Product images are available at www.agilent.com/find/N4960A_images.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The new fast rise time and high voltage options (N4951B-H17, H32) are
available now. Agilent N4960A Serial BERT starts at $177,428 for the
32-Gb/s configuration with the higher voltage output option. For
existing N4960A serial BERT system owners, the 17-Gb/s and 32-Gb/s
pattern generators with integrated higher voltage outputs are available
starting at $42,800.
About Agilent Technologies (News - Alert)
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,500
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
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