MARCH 14, 2007 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) announced today the introduction of its E-Series optical time-domain reflectometers (OTDRs) for end-to-end characterization of optical networks.
Given the wide range of testing applications for long-haul, metro, and access networks, a multi-purpose OTDR increasingly represents the key testing tool for field technicians, EXFO says. Long-haul links and metro rings require an OTDR with a high dynamic range to reach longer distances, while access networks need an OTDR with less distance range but a higher resolution due to the proximity of several connection points. As a result, network service providers have been forced to purchase two separate OTDRs to adequately meet their testing needs.
The FTB-7400 and FTB-7500 E-Series OTDRs are designed to address this situation. The product line delivers optical performance, software analysis, and characterization of splitters, connectors, breaks, and other events along an optical network. The end-result is a highly versatile OTDR offering unmatched fiber characterization, EXFO asserts.
The E-Series OTDRs, which can be inserted in either the FTB-200 Compact Platform or FTB-400 Universal Test System, can test as many as four wavelengths (1310/1383/1550/1625 nm), which make them ideal tools for characterizing legacy, CWDM, and DWDM links, the company maintains.
"As the market and technology leader in the OTDR test instrument market, EXFO is always intent on delivering the latest technological innovations to its customers," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "With their high dynamic range, the 7400 and 7500 E-Series OTDRs bring an unprecedented capacity to precisely characterize each fiber, thus improving our customers' ability to install and maintain their optical networks."