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Anritsu expands Bit Error Rate Tester’s Jitter Tolerance Testing Capabilities


Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A now offers support for High-Speed Serial Data Testing and evaluation of Thunderbolt Devices.


Luton, UK – March 10th, 2016 – Anritsu Corporation has announced the availability of two new software packages that expand the jitter load and tolerance testing capabilities of the Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A to support the evaluation of Thunderbolt devices, and PCI Express and USB interfaces.

High Speed Data Test Software
The explosive increase in data communications traffic requires large increases in capacity and speed of digital communications systems. Increasing the speed of typical serial bus interface standards, such as PCI Express and USB, while ensuring signal quality, is becoming more and more difficult and requires confirmation of margins using Jitter Tolerance tests. The High-Speed Serial Data Test Software MX183000A controls the MP1800A, Jitter Modulation Signal Source, Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG), and Error Detector (ED) to perform state machine control of the high-speed serial bus interface and Jitter Tolerance tests, helping cut test time and assuring accurate signal integrity measurements.

Thunderbolt Receiver Test Solution
Achieving high-speed, large-capacity data transfers requires technologies for speeding-up networks and devices, as well as faster interfaces between high-end computers and peripherals. The receiver test for PHY devices using high-speed interfaces uses a stressed signal with added transmission loss, jitter, etc., to assure compatible connectivity. The next-generation Thunderbolt 3 standard increases the bit rate per lane to 20.625 Gbit/s, which requires even higher precision calibration and measurement. The Thunderbolt Receiver Test Solution GRL-TBT3-RXA calibration and receiver test software developed in cooperation with Granite River Labs (GRL) uses a combination of the MP1800A, noise-generating signal source, and real-time oscilloscope controlled by the GRL-TBT3-RXA software to lighten the workload of test engineers by automating calibration of complex test signals and jitter tolerance testing. 

The Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A is a highly expandable plug-in modular-type bit error rate tester (BERT). It incorporates a Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) module for generating the highest-quality, highest-amplitude signals in the industry, as well as an Error Detector (ED) module with the highest input sensitivity available. The platform supports signal analyses including Burst pattern, Bathtub Jitter and Eye Diagram measurements. Additionally, the MP1800A is a wideband BERT with good performance including excellent waveform quality and input sensitivity, supporting high-reproducibility Thunderbolt receiver tests, and also evaluation of high-speed serial interfaces, such as 100GbE, InfiniBand, etc.

About Anritsu 
Anritsu Corporation ( has been 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 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 OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide 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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