September 14, 2012
Agilent to Demonstrate 32-Gb/s bit Error Ratio Tester at ECOC
By Rahul Arora
A 32-Gb/s bit error ratio tester, N4960A is an affordable and compact Serial BERT available in 4-17 Gb/s and 5-32 Gb/s configurations. It is a solution to test multiple channels from 25 to 32 Gb/s for 100 Gigabit Ethernet applications and other multi-channel high-data rate devices operating either synchronously or asynchronously.
The N4960A consists of a controller with pattern generator and error detector remote-mountable heads. The pattern generator and error detector support PRBS or user patterns and operate up to 32 Gb/s in a single band with no gaps or missing data rates. The remote heads allow the test equipment to be located very close to the device under test, eliminating the need for long cables that degrade signal quality.
“The Agilent N4960A 32-Gb/s BERT offers high-performance receiver testing beyond 28 Gb/s at a new level of affordability,” said Juergen Beck, general manager of Agilent’s Digital Photonic Test Division. “This and some other new products round out our portfolio of BERT instruments, covering all applications from cost-sensitive production test to the highest performance instruments needed for advanced research.”
Meanwhile, Agilent Technologies recently announced that it has worked with Concilium Technologies and the department of electrical, electronic and computer engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to develop an electrical engineering training laboratory.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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