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Anritsu Demonstrates MP1800A 64 Gbaud PAM4 BER Test Solution at ECOC 2016


MP1800A Series Signal Quality Analyzer assures Signal Integrity of Next Generation High-Speed Interfaces


Luton, UK – 12th September, 2016 –  Anritsu Corporation has announced that it will be demonstrating the Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A series 64 Gbaud PAM4 BER test solution on Stand 419 at ECOC 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany from the 19th – 21st of September. The demo will include the G0374A 64 Gbaud PAM4 DAC supporting 53.125-Gbaud PAM4 transmissions defined by the next-generation 400GbE standard as well as generation of high-quality PAM4 signals at up to 64 Gbaud. Additionally, 400GbE 53.125-Gbaud BER measurements are supported as a BER measurement set with high input sensitivity.

The explosive growth in data traffic is driving the need to increase communication speed between servers and network equipment. The next-generation of 400GbE Ethernet standard uses the PAM modulation method to increase data transfers per unit time by increasing the symbol rate and adding more lanes. PAM4 signals have an advantage over Non Return to Zero (NRZ) signalling by doubling the amount of data transferred per unit time, however they can also result in technical issues such as lowering the power consumption and increasing the S/N ratio; these tests require high-quality signal sources and high-input-sensitivity measurements. 

Anritsu’s Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A series supports the evaluation of devices and optical modules meeting the latest communications standards, and with the addition of the MP1800A series Multichannel Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) and Error Detector (ED), can easily support high-baud-rate NRZ and PAM4 methods as well as BER measurements using G0374A 64 Gbaud PAM4 DAC and MP1862A 56G/64 Gbit/s DEMUX.

The Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A is a plug-in module type Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) that can generate up to 8 channels of synchronized signals using the 32G Multichannel PPG module. The G0374A that will be demonstrated at ECOC is an accessory for the MP1800A series that is used in combination with the MU183020A 32 Gbit/s Multichannel PPG to generate 64-Gbaud NRZ/PAM4 signals by simple conversion of half-rate 32-Gbit/s NRZ signals. It can also be combined with the MP1862A 56G/64 Gbit/s DEMUX and MU183040B 28G/32 Gbit/s High Sensitivity ED to support BER measurement of high-baud-rate PAM4 signals.

About Anritsu 
Anritsu Corporation ( is a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 120 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions, customized software solutions, that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization, Anritsu provides complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.

For further information, please contact:  

Eric Fauxpoint
Director - EMEA Business Development
Anritsu EMEA
Tel: +33 1 60 92 15 50
Janice Ashton
Napier Partnership Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1243 531123

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