Optellent launches BER testing platform

March 27, 2006, San Jose, CA -- Optellent, a provider of test and measurement platforms for product development, manufacturing, and field installation applications, has brought forth what it calls "an optimal approach" to bit error rate (BER) testing with the introduction of its OptoBERT instrument.

March 27, 2006, San Jose, CA -- Optellent, a provider of test and measurement platforms for product development, manufacturing, and field installation applications, has brought forth what it calls "an optimal approach" to bit error rate (BER) testing with the introduction of its OptoBERT instrument.

According to the company, unlike full-fledged BERTs, the compact OptoBERT device is suitable forapplications running at speeds between 155 Mbit/sec and 3.125 Gbit/sec, including: optoelectronic component and subsystem manufacturing, such as transceivers and diplexers/triplexers used in telecom, datacom, and FTTP markets; high-speed IC testing and production lines; optical data transport network installation; R & D labs/universities; compliance testing; and live demonstrations of OEM components and subsystems.

"The OptoBERT is ideal for many organizations for which a full-featured BERT is simply overkill," comments Vinod Ramakrishnan, president and CEO of Optellent. "This unit provides ease of use, compactness, portability, and automated data archiving and, perhaps of paramount importance to many users, it provides a savings of 70-80% over conventional BERTs. In fact, we believe we have changed the economics of BER testing. While this is Optellent's first fully public announcement, we have actively developed and sold OptoBERT and our other products to several customers worldwide since 2003. Our products have been tailored to meet demanding customer requirements in a wide variety of settings."

"Fiberxon is an early adopter of the OptoBERT testing system," offers Sam Zhang, test Manager at Fiberxon. "The OptoBERT is a key cost-effective element of the production testing process for our transceiver products."

Other features of the OptoBERT unframed pattern generator/bit-error-rate tester, according to Optellent, include: coverage of common standard telecom/datacom measurement rates including OC-3/12/48/FEC, GbE, 1 x FC, 2 x FC, and XAUI; electrical and pluggable optical (MM, SM, CWDM) interfaces; built-in clock recovery; intelligent pattern synchronization; intuitive GUI controls; and support for Active X and LabVIEW drivers.

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