Agilent offers reference-class 1270-nm to 1650-nm multiwavelength meter

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) will display its new Agilent 86122C multiwavelength meter at Booth 2719 at OFC/NFOEC in Anaheim, CA, this week. The multiwavelength meter provides an absolute wavelength accuracy of ±0.2 ppm and ±0.15 ppm differential accuracy over a wavelength range of 1270 to 1650 nm. This range makes the Agilent 86122C useful in testing all fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), metro, and long-haul transmission systems, Agilent asserts.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) will display its new Agilent 86122C multiwavelength meter at Booth 2719 at OFC/NFOEC in Anaheim, CA, this week. The multiwavelength meter provides an absolute wavelength accuracy of ±0.2 ppm and ±0.15 ppm differential accuracy over a wavelength range of 1270 to 1650 nm. This range makes the Agilent 86122C useful in testing all fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), metro, and long-haul transmission systems, Agilent asserts.

The meter can measure the spectra of up to 1,000 laser lines simultaneously, which is well beyond the scope of typical fully populated DWDM systems, the company adds.

In addition to high reliability and durability, the multiwavelength meter also supports low cost of ownership, Agilent says. For example, Agilent has extended the recommended recalibration period of the 86122C to two years and doubled the expected lifetime of the built-in reference laser. The new multiwavelength meter comes with a five-year warranty that covers not only the reference laser, but all opto-mechanical and electronic parts.

Additional features of the Agilent 86122C multiwavelength meter include:

  • Warm-up time for specified accuracy of 15 minutes.
  • Measurement applications for optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), wavelength, and power drift are built in.
  • An angled-connector option is available to avoid influencing non-isolated sources.
  • Instrument software based on Microsoft Windows 7.

Agilent foresees the instrument meeting the needs of engineering and manufacturing environments; it is robust enough to be installed on ships, the company asserts.

“Manufacturers of tunable transmitters and other laser sources with critical wavelength requirements rely on wavelength meters that are proven to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Jürgen Beck, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s digital photonic test division. “With the 86122C’s five-year standard warranty, two-year recommended recalibration period, and doubled laser lifetime, we help customers minimize costly manufacturing downtime.”

The Agilent 86122C multiwavelength meter will be available for ordering April 1. Shipments will begin in late April. List prices start at $50,250.

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