New features to proven optical test system address market needs for innovative tests of 10 Gbit/s network elements and systems
Tektronix has announced significant additions and enhancements to
its family of modular optical test systems.
manufacturers are delivering dense wavelength division
multiplexing (DWDM) products to pack more channels into installed
This tighter channel spacing adds revenue-producing
capacity to existing optical networks, but requires closer
tolerances and improved test methods, for design and
manufacturing of optical components, elements and systems.
meet these customer requirements, new cards for the Tektronix
OTS9100 series provide a number of innovative features, including
the industry's first fully integrated wavelength selectable
10 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) test system.
flexibility enables customers to assemble cost-effective test
system configurations that speed the design and production of
high-capacity 10Gbit/s products.
"Tektronix is enabling
innovative solutions that fuel growth in the optical market.
Today, that means increasing productivity, lowering costs, and
providing accurate, repeatable results that speed the delivery of
cost-effective next-generation products", said Rick King,
vice president, optical business, Tektronix: "Previously, 10
Gbit/s transmission testers operated over a single, fixed
wavelength, and their use in DWDM systems required a complex set
of external devices and numerous laser sources.
With the OTS9100
series the wavelength can be selected.
This new capability
enables manufacturers to significantly reduce test system cost
and test setup time for both design and manufacturing of
higher-capacity optical elements for network operators."
Laser interface card enables increased throughput and reduced
cost: The additions to the OTS9100 series include an innovative
external laser port, which accepts stimulus signals from the
OTS9600 Series tunable laser, making it possible to test many
wavelengths or channels (as used in DWDM technology) with a
single tunable laser, rather than multiple lasers, with just one
insertion/removal cycle to the device under test.
cost-conscious equipment manufacturers, this results in a
tremendous savings in both equipment cost and reduced setup time.
The external port's compatibility is not limited to
Tektronix laser sources, such as those available with the OTS9600
The port makes it possible for users to take advantage of
existing laser sources and connect them with all the test
capabilities of the OTS product family.
This frees manufacturers
from the need to purchase, qualify, and calibrate new equipment
when they already own lasers in the wavelengths they need.
addition to the external laser port, the new optics cards add
dual receiver electrical outputs, which permit simultaneous
bit-error-rate testing, jitter analysis, or physical layer
analysis with appropriate instruments; and increased receiver
signal sensitivity, which provides more reliable measurements at
real-world power levels and more.