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03/03/2022
Communications Quality Evaluations for Breakout-type and 400GBASE-ZR Transceiver Interfaces

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Vienna, Austria – March 3, 2022  – Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the Network Master Pro MT1040A now supports tests of 400GBASE-ZR standard optical modules facilitating low-cost datacenter interconnects (DCI). In addition, Anritsu has also developed the optional Ethernet 4x100G N Port BERT and Ethernet 2x200G N Port BERT MT1040A software solutions for breakout-type communications quality tests to reduce DCI test workloads.

These upgraded functions supporting tests for transitioning to 400GBASE-ZR circuits as well as introduction of breakout-type interfaces will help cut datacenter construction and expansion costs.

Development Background
Datacenters are growing at a rapid pace due to the spread of 5G services, teleworking, and online teaching as well as advances in digital transformation (DX) meeting social needs. Limits on available space, power-supply capacity, and air-conditioning can cause problems in scaling-up the capacity of established medium-scale datacenters so increasing the number of distributed medium datacenters can be more efficient than building new hyperscale datacenters, which is driving demand for DCI between more medium-scale datacenters.

Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) circuits provided from network operators are used widely for DCI but are expensive. Recently, the market trend towards opening and disaggregation of WDM systems is driving demand for 400GBASE-ZR transceivers, which is helping cut circuit costs.

On the other hand, each datacenter becomes more efficient at the same time. Although high-speed datacenter interconnects (DCI) link separate datacenters, the many low-speed distribution port connections occupy a large some datacenter space. This space-saving issue is solved by using breakout-type interfaces.

For example, the 400GBASE-XDR4 standard uses only one 400G port on the same panel whereas four 100G ports were previously required, which is four times more space efficient than running four 100G cables. Moreover, less power is used because the number of laser elements is reduced from the four required for each of the communications wavelengths used by the four 100G links to one laser used by the 400G link. However, introduction of these breakout-type interfaces by datacenters requires transceiver and equipment acceptance tests.

With these upgraded functions, Anritsu’s MT1040A is the ideal measurement solution for evaluating communications quality when datacenters introduce this new DCI technology.

About Anritsu 
Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com), a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 125 years. Anritsu’s philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

For more information, please contact:

Anritsu:
Eric Fauxpoint
Director - EMEA Business Development
Anritsu EMEA
Tel: +33 1 60 92 15 50
Email: Eric.Fauxpoint(ATMARK)anritsu.com
www.anritsu.com
Agency:
Suzy Kenyon
Napier Partnership Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1243 531123
Email: Suzy(ATMARK)napierb2b.com
www.napierb2b.com

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