Agilent unveils new module for Infiniium DCA-J

November 1, 2004 Palo Alto, CA -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has developed a wide-wavelength, multi-rate optical module for the Agilent 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer (DCA-J). The device enables optical component and equipment manufacturers to use a single plug-in module to perform waveform characterization and test transmitter compliance on a variety of networking technologies.

November 1, 2004 Palo Alto, CA -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has developed a wide-wavelength, multi-rate optical module for the Agilent 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer (DCA-J). The device enables optical component and equipment manufacturers to use a single plug-in module to perform waveform characterization and test transmitter compliance on a variety of networking technologies. The Agilent 86105C covers all wavelengths for 750 nm to 1650 nm, which previously required two or more different modules.

The Agilent 86105C is a high-sensitivity, broad-wavelength module designed to enable users to accurately characterize the transmission performance of components and systems that cross the boundary between telecom and datacom. With the 86105C, users are not limited to telecom test equipment, but can now also test datacom standards such as 4x Fibre Channel in one module. Designers and manufacturers of multi-port and multi-rate systems and components can use the 86105C's wide bit-rate coverage and high sensitivity to characterize optical transmission performance of all SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel technologies from 155 Mbits/sec through 11.3 Gbits/sec.

Other benefits of the module include:


  • Sensitivity as low as -21 dBm enables customers to simulate real network power levels when qualifying critical network components and equipment.
  • When used with the Agilent 86107A precision timebase reference module, it offers what Agilent calls "the industry's best intrinsic jitter," making it easy to measure high-performance designs where instrument jitter might otherwise hide device performance.
  • It can be used with all A, B, and C versions of the DCA, allowing existing customers to easily upgrade to the newest capabilities while protecting their investments in Agilent test equipment.

The Agilent 86105C is available for order now, with shipments expected in January 2005 at a list price of $26,500.

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