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Anritsu Announces release of All-in-One 400GbE PAM4 BER Measurements

21/11/2018
World-Beating Signal Level Quality and Excellent Rx Sensitivity

MP1900A

Luton, United Kingdom – November 21st, 2018 - Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative test and measurement solutions for advanced and converged networks, announces the release of its 64-Gbaud PAM4 Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) and 32-Gbaud PAM4 Error Detector (ED). This PAM4 BERT supports 400GbE  testing when these modules are installed in the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series to implement a bit-error-rate test solution with best-in-class signal level quality and excellent Rx sensitivity for next-generation broadband communication systems.

Due to the expansion of next-generation 5G mobile communications and Cloud services, data traffic volumes are expected to increase. To manage this demand, infrastructure operators, such as data centers, are investigating the improvements to speed in PAM4 and multilane communications systems. Now 400GbE speeds are being deployed using either the 26.5625Gbaud PAM4 x 8 lanes or 53.125- Gbaud PAM4 x 4 lanes methods. 

To meet this technical demand, Anritsu has developed the released 64-Gbaud PAM4 PPG with ‘best-in-class’ signal level quality and the 32-Gbaud PAM4 ED with excellent Rx sensitivity performance to support evaluation of equipment and devices for high-speed, large-capacity transmissions.

When using the PAM4 method to encode data as four amplitude levels, the gap between signal levels is one-third compared to the NRZ method, which reduces the unit time per symbol at higher baud rates, emphasizing the importance of signal quality in achieving high-speed transmissions. 

However, the degraded signal quality caused by crosstalk and noise resulting from use of multiple lanes and high-density circuit design increases the need for evaluation of minimum Rx sensitivity using stress-test signals.

The Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A is a leading bit error rate tester for the over 400G market and supports generation of high-speed signals as well as analysis of signal performance.

The new PPG for PAM4 signals up to 64 Gbaud has the world’s best Tr/Tf (20% to 80%) time of 8.5 ps (typ.) and Intrinsic Jitter of 170 fs (typ.). Moreover, the multichannel function can be expanded up to 4 channels, and the integrated Emphasis function corrects signals degraded by transmission path loss. The 32-Gbaud PAM4 ED module has a high sensitivity performance of 23 mV (typ.) and supports installation of a clock recovery function*7 required for Rx sensitivity evaluation, as well as PAM4 symbol error measurements.

As a result, the true performance of 400GbE optical modules and devices can now be tested within an adequate margin, satisfying the specifications.  This means you can now avoid difficulties in achieving an accurate evaluation due to inadequate signal quality. Additionally, the multichannel expandability helps cut measurement times using simultaneous measurement of multiple lanes. Moreover, easy combination with jitter and noise addition functions to configure an all-in-one test solution for evaluating Rx sensitivity, helps improve development and testing efficiency.

About Anritsu 
Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com), a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” 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 3,500 employees in over 90 countries. 

For further 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:
Jennifer Deroche
Account Director
Napier Partnership Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1243 531123
Email: jennifer(ATMARK)napierb2b.com

Anritsu Announces release of All-in-One 400GbE PAM4 BER Measurements

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