5 June 2003 Tel Aviv, Israel Lightwave -- XLight Photonics, manufacturer of tunable fiber-optic subsystems for metro and long-haul DWDM systems, announced this week at SUPERCOMM the general availability of "ATLAS," an automated testing and evaluation platform for universal transponders.
The ATLAS is designed to enable automated computerized testing of any 300-pin MSA transponder. The platform can be used by manufacturers in final assembly lines or by system vendors and service providers for automated performance testing, performance comparisons, and transponders qualification, explain company representatives. The ATLAS can be easily controlled through LabView applications and VI's.
Among the unique features of the ATLAS is a built in PRBS generator and checker, enabling transponder bit error rate (BER) testing without the need for a costly dedicated stand-alone BER tester. Other features includes a built in multiplexer/demultiplexer; data rate support from 9.95 Gbits/sec up to 12.5 Gbits/sec; sophisticated built-in clock management; analog to digital and digital to analog converters for full analog and digital control and monitoring; individual power supply testing; and I2C support. The ATLAS supports multiple test setups and allows various optical and electrical loop-back testing schemes.