Anritsu intros field instrument for CWDM access network testing 

Dec. 6, 2007
DECEMBER 6, 2007 -- A field modular device to measure and monitor power and wavelength over the 18 CWDM channels, Network Master OCA is a cost-effective alternative to more complex optical spectrum analyzers (OSAs) for the emerging CWDM market, providing fast and reliable measurements in every environment, say company representatives.

DECEMBER 6, 2007 -- Anritsu Instruments Company (search for Anritsu), subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, has introduced an Optical Channel Analyzer (OCA) module (MU909020A) as part of its Network Master MT9090A Family. A field modular device to measure and monitor power and wavelength over the 18 CWDM channels, Network Master OCA is a cost-effective alternative to more complex optical spectrum analyzers (search for OSAs) for the emerging CWDM market, providing fast and reliable measurements in every environment, say company representatives.

Small, light and rugged, the Network Master OCA is a hand-held instrument that provides distinct advantages to field technicians who install, maintain, and troubleshoot CWDM access networks, claims Anritsu. The Network Master OCA's reduced boot-up and warm-up times allow for rapid characterization of a CWDM network. A global view of all CWDM channels is displayed in a graph or table window on the instrument's screen.

Network Master OCA simplifies network analysis due to pre-stored pass and fail indicators that are in accordance with the ITU-T G.695 standard. Several drift functions allow a long-term characterization of the channels, a key point in CWDM networks in which channels are lit by uncooled lasers. Additionally, the Network Master OCA can function as a traditional power meter to allow measurements at any wavelength in the range, notes Anritsu.

"The Network Master OCA has been especially designed to be the essential tool for the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of CWDM access networks," contends Gildas Chauvel, product manager at Anritsu Instruments Company. "Its small size, lightweight, and simple operation will benefit every field technician. The software interface has been carefully developed to particularly ease the measurements of CWDM parameters and will require little to no training to characterize a CWDM network," Chauvel adds.

The Network Master OCA is now available for delivery.


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The Network Master OCA can function as a traditional power meter to allow measurements at any wavelength in the range, notes Anritsu.