EXFO offers optical sampling oscilloscopes for 40/100G

MARCH 10, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has launched what it asserts is the industry's fastest optical sampling oscilloscopes for existing and next-generation 40G and 100G optical networks.

MARCH 10, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search Lightwave for EXFO) has launched what it asserts is the industry's fastest optical sampling oscilloscopes for existing and next-generation 40G and 100G optical networks.

The platforms, which can characterize optical networks reaching transmission rates up to 640 Gbps in the lab, have been added to EXFO's portfolio following the recent acquisition of Swedish-based PicoSolve, Inc. EXFO says the oscilloscopes can be combined with the company's growing 40G product offering to provide customers with a comprehensive, multilayer test approach for their high-speed, next-generation networks.

The PSO-101 is a single-channel oscilloscope designed to enable eye-diagram analysis and pattern visualization within existing high-speed optical networks.

The PSO-102 is a dual- or quad-channel version of the -101 and is purpose-built for next-generation networks with advanced modulation schemes.

New software features and options for compliance testing of optical transceivers, including mask-hit analysis (40G masks with user-defined margins) and data filtering (simulation of any type of receiver filter), have also been added to the capabilities of the PSO-100 oscilloscopes.

The PSO-100 series is the only bit rate-independent test offerings that can measure phase- and amplitude-modulated signals with a measurement bandwidth of more than 500 GHz, yielding a sub-picosecond temporal resolution, EXFO asserts.

The PSO-102 dual-channel optical sampling oscilloscope and the new software features will be showcased at OFC/NFOEC 2009, Booth No. 1035, from March 24-26, 2009, in San Diego.

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