Tektronix Reduces Test Costs for Optical Equipment Manufacturers

8/7/2002 - Tektronix, a leading innovator of test and measurement solutions for optical equipment designers and manufacturers, announced the latest in its series of market-leading optical products that enable optical equipment manufacturers to reduce the cost and complexity of their test operations.

Current economic conditions in the optical market are driving equipment makers to seek cost-cutting strategies, including reduced cost-of-test. Optical tests require the use of costly stimulus sources such as optical transmitters and acquisition tools, including signal analyzers and bit error rate testers (BERT). The new Tektronix OSW 8000 Series Optical Switching Modules allow optical equipment designers and manufacturing test engineers to efficiently use these tools to reduce costs without compromising quality or productivity of the tests. These new products are the first to result from Tektronix' March 2002 acquisition of Profile Optische Systeme GmbH, one of Europe's leading makers of optical measurement solutions.

"Tektronix is consistently demonstrating its commitment to the optical industry by delivering solutions that help its customers sustain their business in spite of a slow market," said Rick King, Vice President, Optical Business, Tektronix. "The new OSW 8000 Series leverages optical test equipment investments through efficient distribution of multi-channel test signals, reducing both test time and cost. In addition, the modules readily integrate into users' existing bench setups and test systems, allowing users to easily share resources within their test environment."

New Switches Reduce Cost and Complexity of DWDM Optical Testing
The new Tektronix OSW 8000 Series Optical Switching Modules allow systems and component designers and manufacturing test engineers to selectively distribute optical signals among diverse sources and destinations. With this capability, users can share instruments such as transmitters and analyzers among multiple optical ports, effectively cutting costs.

The switches address the challenge of maintaining viable test repeatability by using the latest micro-electromechanical systems mirror (MEMS) technology to deliver uncompromised optical signals from point to point in a test system. The switches offer excellent repeatability, low insertion loss and low Polarization Dependent Loss for optimal and flexible signal routing applications. The flexibility of the OSW 8000 Series allows a one-source test signal to be switched to as many as eight destinations. Conversely, one destination can receive its input from up to eight different sources. Using OSW 8000 switches, it is possible to assemble a multi-channel DWDM BERT solution at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a separate BERT for each channel.

Four modules make up the OSW 8000 Series, including bi-directional switching configurations ranging from 1 x 2 (one input, two outputs) to 1 x 8 (one input, eight outputs). The modules are hardware- and software-compatible with Tektronix' proven PRO 8000 laser source platform. Either General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB) commands or local control sequences from the PRO 8000 can be used to activate the switches. Using the OSW 8000 series with the PRO 8000 forms an integrated solution that combines DWDM laser sources and switching functions. This minimizes hardware costs and conserves space, which is at a premium in clean room environments and manufacturing areas. The modules' include LabView‚ and LabWindows‚/CVI drivers to provide an easy-to-use programming environment that is consistent across Tektronix' line of optical test system instruments.

About Tektronix (www.tektronix.com)
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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