Optellent intros 4.25-Gbit/sec BERT for Fibre Channel testing

FEBRUARY 27, 2007 -- The OPB4250 features electrical and optical unframed pattern generators and bit-error-rate analyzers that cover the data rates for the following industry standards: 1-, 2-, and 4-Gbit Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet.

FEBRUARY 27, 2007 -- Optellent (search for Optellent) today introduced the latest addition to its OptoBERT family of optical/electrical bit-error-rate testers (search for BERTs), the OPB4250 4.25-Gbit/sec BERT, which is ideal for use in 4-Gig Fibre Channel (search for Fibre Channel) applications.

"The explosive growth of the 4-Gig FC standard for data storage applications has resulted in port costs at just a small premium over 2-Gig FC, putting additional pressure on 4.25-Gbit/sec transceiver, component, and system manufacturers to lower their manufacturing costs," explains Vinod Ramakrishnan, Optellent's president and CEO. "By introducing the OPB4250 OptoBERT tester, Optellent has responded strongly to its customers' need to lower their testing cost significantly throughout product development and manufacturing."

According to the company, the OPB4250 blends good performance and ease-of-use with practical features. The OPB4250 features electrical and optical unframed pattern generators and bit-error-rate analyzers that cover the data rates for the following industry standards: 1-, 2-, and 4-Gbit Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet. The OPB4250 has built-in clock and data recovery functions and includes intelligent pattern synchronization, which requires minimal intervention from the user, say Optellent representatives. The optical interface consists of an industry-standard multi-rate, pluggable SFP transceiver, which provides maximum flexibility for use with either singlemode or multimode fiber over various wavelengths, including 850, 1310, and 1550 nanometers, reports the company.

"The new 4.25-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel OptoBERT further strengthens Optellent's leadership in providing practical, highly flexible, and accurate test systems that are ideal for production testing, product development, and field service applications," says Ramakrishnan. "Other products from the OptoBERT family of BER testers, such as the 3.2G OptoBERT, have been widely deployed by the leading manufacturers of Ethernet and SONET/SDH optical transceivers worldwide. This has provided our customers with a cost-effective manufacturing test solution, and the OPB4250 tester is certain to deliver similar value," he contends.

The OPB4250 is shipping now with a standard lead time of five weeks.

The OPB4250 and other OptoBERT products will be on display in the Optellent booth, #T1, at OFC/NFOEC, March 27-29, in Anaheim, CA.


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