Agilent Powers Testing of Next-generation Optical Communications Devices

2/4/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's highest power compact tunable laser source for testing next-generation optical communications devices. The test solution helps component manufacturers speed development and lower cost of test for optical devices required for wireline networks. It provides twice the power of current lasers, which makes it the best available stimulus for optical amplifier test and measurement of nonlinear effects in metro, DWDM and 40 Gb/s components and applications.

The Agilent 819xxA high-power compact tunable laser source improves the test of all types of optical amplifiers and other active components as well as broadband passive optical components. It lowers test costs, as manufacturers of optical components, network elements and transmission systems no longer need to add an additional booster EDFA (Erbium-doped fiber amplifier).

An optical output power of +13 dBm and a SBS (stimulated Brillouin scattering) suppression feature allows high-launch powers in optical fibers, enabling testing of nonlinear effects in fibers and transmission links. The high-output power helps overcome losses in test setups or in the device under test itself. Thus, engineers can test optical amplifiers such as EDFAs, Raman amplifiers, SOAs and EDWAs to their limits. A wide wavelength coverage of 110 nm within S- ,C- and L-band, together with a compact modular design, reduce cost per channel in DWDM test configuration. The instrument's integrated dynamic wavelength and power control mechanisms improve on Agilent's standard-setting swept wavelength concept and assure accurate wavelength and power repeatability for broadband passive component test.

"Although reducing cost of test remains a primary concern for optical manufacturers, next-generation intelligent optical networking requires advanced and highly integrated intelligent devices," said Werner Berkel, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Optical Communication Measurement Division. "The new high-power compact tunable laser source adds the capability to test nonlinear devices to our existing line of tunable laser sources. The solution enhances test of amplifiers and enables advanced, low-cost test of cutting-edge technology and next-generation devices."

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 819xxA High Power Compact Tunable Laser Source series is available for order now. Prices start at $19,000 for the 81949A (1520 to 1630 nm) and 81989A (1465 to 1575 nm).

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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