Agilent Unveils Communications Test and Optical Transceiver Products
2/23/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced new communications test and fiber optic transceiver products that enable the optical networking industry to reduce costs while expanding performance. The introduction of the industry's first field portable polarization mode (PMD) differential group delay (DGD) analyzer using Jones Matrix Eigenanalysis (JME) enables service providers to quickly test their fiber plant's suitability for high-speed services. Enhancements to Agilent's broad optical-test portfolio provide optical component designers with comprehensive measurement capabilities for verifying the performance of today's highly integrated devices.
In addition, Agilent introduced a family of 10 Gb/s XENPAK, X2 and XFP MSA-compliant fiber optic transceivers that offer industry-leading optical, electrical, thermal and digital diagnostics performance. Agilent also introduced a pluggable transceiver that delivers Gigabit Ethernet data transmissions over commonly installed copper cable, offering a low-cost upgrade path to Gigabit Ethernet.
"Agilent's improvement and expansion of optical measurement equipment underpins our commitment to the photonic industry," said Werner Huettemann, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Communications Network Solutions business unit. "Our latest test products focus on broadband infrastructure and support the development of new, highly integrated devices, enabling fast and low-cost installation and maintenance."
The following test equipment and optical components are being exhibited at Agilent Booth No. 2239:
- PMD/DGD analyzer for the N3900A modular network tester, which uses the "golden standard" JME to enable fast and reliable field-testing of optical networks.
- Enhanced optical measurement suite that allows engineers in R&D, design verification and manufacturing to perform accurate, fast and complete component and module measurements. The test products include:
- Agilent 81578A modular attenuator for multimode applications offers accurate signal conditioning at 850 nm to verify components and network elements at 10 Gb/s for installation in the optical enterprise environment (SAN, LAN).
- Agilent 83453B high-resolution spectrometer with a built-in tunable laser source and highest wavelength resolution for optical transmitter development and optical signal analysis of critical photonic components.
- Agilent 81910A photonic all-parameter analyzer gives waveguide designers a detailed look into their device's transmission function, phase properties and reflections.
- Family of 10 Gb/s fiber optic transceivers (XENPAK, X2 and XFP modules) for enterprise, storage and metro networks.
- New 1000 BASE-T SFP Gigabit "Ethernet over copper" fiber optic transceiver module reduces system costs for network equipment manufacturers.
- New SFF and SFP 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel fiber optic transceiver modules support next-generation storage networks based on the emerging 4 Gb/s standard.
- Hot pluggable, 2.7 Gb/s (multi-rate) DWDM transceivers allow network service providers to plug in a DWDM transceiver where it's needed at any wavelength, reducing inventory costs.
"Network equipment manufacturers look to Agilent for their complete fiber optic transceiver needs," said Tom Fawcett, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "As the world's number-one supplier of fiber optic transceivers, our customers count on us to deliver high-quality products in the volumes they need."
In addition, Agilent is showcasing the recently announced 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer with subcomponent jitter analysis (DCA-J). The DCA-J permits engineers to accurately analyze jitter with one-button measurement simplicity at data rates previously not possible.
Agilent Events at OFC
- Peter Schweiger, business development engineer for Agilent Optical Network Test products, will instruct three hands-on photonics network workshops about the practical aspects of working in a photonics lab. Four fully equipped stations will be available for hands-on participation.
- SC101A: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2:00 - 6.00 p.m.
- SC101B: Monday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- SC101C: Monday, Feb. 23, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- Jonathan Lacey, product manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division, will present a short course about technologies and applications of optical switching. The course will review scenarios for the likely evolution of core long-haul and metro optical telecommunications networks, and the role of optical cross-connects and optical add-drop.
- SC126: Sunday, Feb. 22, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Greg LeCheminant, measurement development engineer in Agilent's Digital Signal Analysis Division, will present a short course about test and measurement of high-speed communications signals. The course will emphasize measurement tools and techniques to characterize signal quality and how well it is maintained when transmitted through an optical system.
- SC178: Monday, Feb. 23, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Waguih S. Ishak, director of Agilent's Communications and Optics Research Lab, will participate in a panel discussion at the OFC press luncheon, which is open to all OFC registered press and analysts. The panel will provide a high-level view of the industry and look at the future of optics beyond its use in communications. Chris Nicoll, senior vice president of Infrastructure at Current Analysis, will moderate the panel, which features the industry's top experts.
- OFC Press Luncheon: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., room 501
Additional information about Agilent's communications test equipment for wireless, IP services, metro, optical and access networks is available at www.agilent.com/comms/xpi. Additional information about Agilent's fiber optic transceiver products is available at www.agilent.com/view/networking.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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