Tektronix Enables Effective, Repeatable Conformance Testing For Emerging 40 Gb/s Components and Elements

8/28/2002 - Tektronix, a leading innovator in optical communication technologies, announced key performance breakthroughs for its popular communications signal analyzer developed specifically for testing 40 gigabit per second (Gb/s) products.

Optical equipment manufacturers pursuing new high-bandwidth technologies (OC-768/STM-256), require the fastest available tools that deliver accurate repeatable measurements for conformance testing to verify the performance of prototypes and early production samples — a critical step in bringing advanced technologies to market in a cost effective manner.

The new Tektronix 80C10 optical and 80E06 electrical sampling modules for the CSA8000B Communications Signal Analyzer are the latest in a series of innovative optical test products from Tektronix designed to speed development of emerging 40 Gb/s components and network elements. As the world's first 40 Gb/s optical reference receiver (ORR), the 80C10 Optical Sampling Module makes effective production testing of OC-768/STM-256 elements possible. The 80E06 Electrical Sampling Module, with its industry leading 70+ GHz electrical bandwidth, enables manufacturers to more accurately characterize high-speed 40 Gb/s components. Tektronix has submitted a recommendation to the International Telecommunication Union proposing guidelines for these optical reference receivers.

"Being the first to offer integrated optical reference receivers for 40 Gb/s and continuing to push both optical and electrical bandwidth higher, underscores Tektronix' enabling role in evolving a new generation of optical communications products," said Rick King, Vice President, Optical Business, Tektronix. "This achievement sets the stage for design and manufacturing solutions that will support product prototyping, pilot production and ultimately, full-scale production of 40 Gb/s components and network elements."

Optical Reference Receivers a Necessity for OC-768/STM-256 Development
The 80C10 Optical Sampling Module with its innovative integrated optical reference receivers, provides a predictable, normalized response environment for measurements, a requirement for repeatability in production testing. With its 40 Gb/s-capable ORR, the 80C10 is the first to support both the ITU-T G.709 forward error correction standard (43.018 Gb/s) and the standard for OC-768/STM-256 (39.018 Gb/s).

With its 65 GHz optical bandwidth capability, the 80C10 adds needed measurement headroom to ensure stable, high-confidence measurements on 40 Gb/s data streams. The new bandwidth benchmark is implemented in a plug-in module designed for the CSA8000B communications signal analyzer. Improved characterization of non-return to zero and return to zero optical signals will speed engineers' development work on emerging OC-768/STM-256 optical components and network elements.

The 80E06 Electrical Sampling Module, with its 70+ GHz electrical bandwidth, allows users to characterize high-speed 40 Gb/s components. The modules ultra-high bandwidth, coupled with its low noise, provides world-class signal fidelity in the acquired signal.

About the CSA8000B Communications Signal Analyzer
The CSA8000B Communications Signal Analyzer is a high-performance modular sampling oscilloscope and analysis platform for optical signal measurements. It accommodates multiple sampling modules and can be configured to address any of the prevailing datacomm formats and optical communication data rates in operation today. The instrument carries out a number of automated measurements and supports them with industry-leading performance in its key specification areas, including signal fidelity and jitter.

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.

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