MultiLane Inc. has released its ML7007 Series Productivity software and MLO4034 optical switch box for the automated testing of 10G to 400G optical transceivers. The company says the combination can improve the efficiency of manufacturing, return merchandise authorization, characterization and validation, and failure analysis applications.
The MLO4034 optical switch box integrates optical switches, variable optical attenuators (VOAs), power monitors, and a WDM demultiplexer. Once the MLO4034 is connected to the BERT and oscilloscope (such as the company's ML4015D), the the ML7007 controls the MLO4034 to automatically route the signals on a channel-by-channel and wavelength-by-wavelength basis, with no user intervention, for complete optical transceiver test of both transmit and receive functions. The test system generates a test report with pass/fail information after plugging in the transceiver and clicking the start button.
The ML7007 automated platform reduces the chances of human error as it requires only a one-time connection and no manual intervention for both transmitter and receiver tests. MultiLane asserts the system cost is significantly less than competitive alternatives.
“Testing optical transceivers includes both the transmitter and receiver, and is complicated with parallel and/or wavelength division multiplexed transceiver designs,” says Kees Propstra, senior director of product marketing at MultiLane. “Having a fully automated platform that includes an optical switch box with VOAs, power monitors, switches, and a WDM demux, reduces significant paint points for our customers.”
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