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Anritsu eNewsletter - Issue #16- December 2008


Anritsu eNewsletter - Issue #16- December 2008


In this Issue

More U.S. Households Going Wireless

A new Nielson Mobile survey reveals that more than 20 million households, or nearly 17% of the total in the United States, are using only mobile phones for their home telecommunications. The survey also predicts that percentage could rise to 20% by year's end, and indicates that the driving force behind this trend is to lower household bills.

Dubbed "cord cutters" by the survey writers, these mobile phone-only users tend to have lower income levels, are smaller households (1-2 residents), are younger, and not surprisingly, use their mobile devices more than their landline peers – yet still save an average of $33 per month. Cord cutters are also more likely to use a cable modem for Internet access, and conversely, less likely to have DSL.

In an interesting twist to the findings, ten percent of landline phone customers who experimented with wireless-only in their household switched back. The primary reason for the return to landline services was a need for other services, such as satellite TV and pay-per-view. The third most common reason for the switch back was that it was cheaper to bundle Internet and television with a landline phone service.

As wireless services continue to expand, the trend towards a cordless home will undoubtedly continue. Anritsu is helping in the deployment of technologies such as WiMAX, LTE, and HSPA so that Next Generation Networks (NGNs) can provide this era of cord cutters with access to everything they need. For example, our handheld WiMAX test instruments are highlighted in this issue’s Microwaves/RF section, while our portfolio of HSPA products is outlined in the Wireless section.

Additionally, Anritsu has a portfolio of products that is helping cable companies and other triple play providers with the test solutions they need to ensure the quality of service (QoS) for those that continue to look to the cord for telecommunications. Instruments for those applications can be found in the Optical/IP and Fiber sections of this newsletter.


Fiber News - ‘Online Olympics’ Showcase Growing Interest in Internet Video

The 2008 Beijing Olympics ushered in the first “online Olympics” according to Nielson Online, a service of the Nielson Company. During the first week of the Olympic Games,, the Games’ official web site, received a daily average of 930,000 visitors from ten countries monitored by Nielson. Perhaps more telling is that NBC averaged 1.5 million unique visitors to its Olympic online video section each day. Another Olympics broadcast partner web site, Terra in Brazil, averaged 119,000 unique visitors daily to its online video section covering the Games.

This kind of interest in online video is putting extreme pressure on Next Generation Networks (NGNs).  Engineers in design, manufacturing, and maintenance organizations are using eye pattern measurements every day to fine-tune, verify, and troubleshoot the transport layer of emerging network designs to help ensure the quality of video streaming. A quick inspection of the eye pattern measurement can reveal signal distortions that cause bit error rate (BER) problems.

Traditionally, a general purpose sampling oscilloscope is used to conduct eye pattern measurements. Due to the cost of a sampling oscilloscope, however, engineers often waste valuable time waiting to get access to this shared resource. Fortunately, Anritsu has developed the Bit Master™ MP1026B Eye Pattern Analyzer that offers eye pattern measurements for data rates from 0.1 to 12.5 Gbps in a handheld, rugged, and battery-powered instrument. Typically half the price of a high-speed sampling oscilloscope, the MP1026B supports popular OC-192/STM-64 SONET/SDH, 10G Fibre Channel, and 10G Ethernet systems at the physical layer.   Engineers can now have affordable access to the tools that verify the higher data rate performance of circuits, transceivers, and transponders anytime, anywhere.

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IP News - Broadband Transmission Systems Place Heavy Load on Optical Modulators

The recent spread of transmission systems supporting VoIP, video streaming, and other broadband applications is causing huge increases in communications traffic on the Internet. As a result, there is an urgent demand for high-speed transmission systems in the 10 to 28 Gb/s class and R&D into these types of transmission equipment is growing rapidly.

Optical modulators determine the transmission quality between transmission equipment and efficient evaluation of modulator performance. Until now, no pulse pattern generator has been capable of directly driving an optical modulator. So, optical module vendors and manufacturers of optical transceivers have not been able to perform efficient evaluation of their products, making cost reduction difficult. Anritsu’s adjustable crossover point and high-amplitude data output option for its MP1800A changes all of that.

The MP1800A is an all-in-one solution that eliminates the need for an external amplifier and power supply when evaluating optical modulators. Moreover, since the MP1800A has built-in GPIB and Ethernet interfaces for remote control, testing can be performed repeatedly at high efficiency using test automation software. By using these functions, evaluation times at R&D, manufacturing and maintenance of optical modulators and optical transceivers are greatly reduced, increasing productivity.

The MP1800A is not just a pulse pattern generator; it can also be used to receive optical or electrical signals and measure the bit error rates. This function is also very useful for evaluating optical modulators and transceivers.

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RF/Microwave News - Bluetooth low energy Remains on Schedule for 2009

The Bluetooth low energy demonstration at Wireless Japan by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in late July shows that the technology remains on schedule for adoption and use by mid-2009. The benefits of the Bluetooth low energy technology opens the door to new applications, including watches, toys, sports and healthcare equipment, and gaming and remote control devices.

These new applications will helps spur growth, as Bluetooth was previously not well suited for design into small, button cell, battery-powered devices. Bluetooth low energy and high speed Bluetooth were both noted in Research and Market’s recent 2008 Global Wireless Broadband - Next Generation Mobility report, in which the Dublin-based firm predicted the installed base of Bluetooth users will reach 2 billion by 2010.

Maintaining its position as the market leader in Bluetooth test, Anritsu has just released the world's first integrated test set to measure the new generation of Bluetooth low energy products. The new test capability for the MT8852B Bluetooth test set allows engineers to conduct highly accurate and efficient tests on Bluetooth devices during both the development and manufacturing stages. With the option, Bluetooth silicon developers can characterize the performance of the first generation of Bluetooth low energy chips.

As well as performing Bluetooth low energy measurements in a fully automated test script on the MT8852B test set, a PC application is supplied that enables developers to see the power and modulation characteristics of a low energy packet, graphically, in a Windows environment. Anritsu has also introduced an option for testing devices that support the new Bluetooth Enhanced Power Control (EPC) feature, being introduced in the SIG specification to make devices more tolerant of rapid power fades.

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Wireless News - HSPA Devices Grow 100% in Less than a Year

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) recently announced that its latest survey shows 805 HSDPA products have now been launched, virtually doubling in less than 11 months. Suppliers also increased 61%, from 80 to 129, over the same period. This growth news comes only a few months after the GSA confirmed more than 200 HSDPA systems worldwide have launched commercial mobile broadband services.

The 805 products include 384 mobile phones and UMPCs, 120 PC data cards, 118 notebooks, 102 USB modems, 73 wireless routers/gateways, seven personal media players, and a camera. Of those devices, 97 support HSUPA operation, with the majority delivering up to 2.1 Mbps (peak) on the uplinks, and 28 products support or are upgradeable for 5.76 Mbps (peak) speed. The 850 MHz band widely used in the Americas, as well as Australia and Asia, accounts for 44% (307) of those devices.

Anritsu realized the potential of HSPA early on. Partnerships with global market leaders, and active participation with industry standards organizations has allowed Anritsu to develop a full range of HSPA test and measurement solutions. Products include:

  • MS2690/91A – High performance, high specification signal analyzers for next-generation communications applications.
  • MG3700A - Vector signal generator that balances performance and value.
  • MT8820B - Performs transmitter and receiver tests on UE terminals.
  • MD8480C - The industry's first HSPA signaling tester and the only one that fully supports all UE categories defined in 3GPP Release 6 (HSUPA) and Release 5 (HSDPA).
  • MX785201A - Supports the maximum 5.7 Mbps HSUPA data rate combined with a proven 14.4 Mbps HSDPA capability.
  • MX786201A - A tool for IOT and network simulation
  • ME7873F/ME7874F - Tests the RF Transmitter and Receiver Characteristics of W-CDMA UE in accordance industry standards.
  • Other instruments for HSPA applications are the ML2495A/ML2496A High Performance Power Meters, MS2721B Spectrum Master™, and MT8222A BTS Master™.

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