May 15, 2006 Richardson, TX -- Anritsu today introduced the MP1800 Series Signal Quality Analyzers, featuring a modular architecture that creates a flexible, compact, and cost-efficient test solution for measuring the bit error rate (BER) of optical transceiver modules and other digital devices throughout the product life cycle, say company representatives. Engineered for both cost-conscious manufacturing and advanced R&D, the MP1800 Series is designed to grow and expand to suit the needs of the end user.
Options range from integrated optics to large parallel configurations with external mux/demux that extend frequency coverage to 43.5 Gbits/sec and beyond. Users can choose the four-slot MT1810A, the six-slot MP1800A, or the 16-slot MT1820A, depending on their testing requirements. The flagship six-slot MP1800A, with its built-in controller, is more compact than similar BERTs with controllers and is very appropriate for lab use, say company representatives. The four-slot unit is optimized for manufacturing and is even smaller and less expensive than the six-slot unit, while the 16-slot unit provides a high-density multiple-port solution suitable for design verification and manufacturing. All configurations fully support 12.5-Gbit/sec electrical BER testing and can be enhanced with pluggable optical interfaces supporting SFP or XFP transceivers.
The MP1800 Series' design makes it easy for users to expand or change configuration to fit virtually any BER test environment, contends the company, including parallel BERT applications, a wide or narrow range of data rates, and variable-rate clock recovery. The standard configuration includes a 12.5-Gbit synthesizer, pulse pattern generator (PPG), error detector (ED), and 128-Mbit user-defined test pattern memory.