EXFO launches turnkey optical modulation analyzer for 100-Gbaud signal characterization

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has released the PSO-200 Optical Modulation Analyzer. The unit is designed to enable complete characterization of amplitude- or phase-modulated signals at speed up to 100 Gbaud. It is specifically designed for R&D labs and manufacturing environments.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has released the PSO-200 Optical Modulation Analyzer. The unit is designed to enable complete characterization of amplitude- or phase-modulated signals at speed up to 100 Gbaud. It is specifically designed for R&D labs and manufacturing environments.

The PSO-200 is engineered to be a flexible platform that enables the characterization of any optical signal with minimal distortion. Its effective bandwidth is broad enough to allow constellation and eye-diagram analysis of signals with baud rates up to 100 Gbaud, which means that signals could be analyzed at up to 400 Gbps when using a four-symbol modulation format such as DP-QPSK. Detailed and accurate amplitude and phase patterns can also be obtained to offer pulse-shape analysis for transmitter optimization and troubleshooting, EXFO adds.

The introduction of the PSO-200 Optical Modulation Analyzer changes the picture as engineers working in R&D labs and manufacturing environments can now replace less optimal, in-house test approaches with a turnkey and comprehensive test instrument that makes bandwidth limitation irrelevant, EXFO asserts.

"Network equipment manufacturers and network service providers are all looking at innovative ways to address the new and evolving challenges of very-high-speed, next-generation networks," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of product development and marketing. "With the introduction of the PSO-200, EXFO once again offers an innovative test solution to its customers, further expanding on its already extensive end-to-end 100G portfolio, and making it possible to test high-speed systems based on advanced data modulation schemes -- from early system development to field deployment."

The PSO-200 will be showcased at ECOC 2009, booth 711.

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