Agilent offers Ethernet compliance testing application for SFP+ and QSFP+ optical transceivers

Test and measurement instrument developer Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) has unveiled a compliance testing application for devices that use SFP+– and, optionally, QSFP+-- transceivers in networking and server applications. The N6468A SFP+ Ethernet compliance application can be used with all currently shipping Infiniium real-time oscilloscopes that have bandwidths of 25 GHz or more to perform tests for compliance with the SFF-8431 specification.

Nov 14th, 2013

Test and measurement instrument developer Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) has unveiled a compliance testing application for devices that use SFP+ – and, optionally, QSFP+ -- transceivers in networking and server applications. The N6468A SFP+ Ethernet compliance application can be used with all currently shipping Infiniium real-time oscilloscopes that have bandwidths of 25 GHz or more to perform tests for compliance with the SFF-8431 specification.

The small size of SFP+ and QSFP+ transceivers enables dense line card and chassis designs for servers, routers, and media converters. The Agilent SFP+ compliance application provides an automated test script that supports the test of transmitter signals quickly and reliably, the company says. The compliance application can test SFP+ and optionally QSFP+ devices with Agilent’s switch matrix option. The compliance application can be automated to run over extended periods of time, and enables engineers to add incremental user-defined tests if desired.

The N6468A SFP+ Ethernet compliance application is available now and is priced at $6,900. For QSFP+ compliance testing capability, additional switch matrix hardware and software options are required.

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