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Anritsu MP1800A BER Tester and Gennum GN2425 and GN2426 25 Gb/s ICs Part of 100 Gb/s Network Demonstration


Anritsu Company (DesignCon booth #601) announces its MP1800A BER Tester is part of a live demonstration of 25-28 Gb/s CDR retimers designed to support emerging 100 Gb/s networking applications that is being conducted by Gennum Corporation (DesignCon booth #741).

Anritsu Company (DesignCon booth #601), a world leader in high-speed test instrumentation, announces its MP1800A BER Tester is part of a live demonstration of 25-28 Gb/s CDR retimers designed to support emerging 100 Gb/s networking applications that is being conducted by Gennum Corporation (DesignCon booth #741), a leading supplier of high-speed optical, analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions. The demonstration, featuring Gennum’s GN2425 and GN2426 25 Gb/s reference-free clock and data recovery ICs and Anritsu’s MP1800A, showcases excellent jitter performance and low power in a 4x25G active copper cable configuration involving zQSFP+ connectors, a 3-m cable assembly and extended host PCB reach.

“The MP1800A has established itself in the marketplace as a premier bit error rate tester for the research and development of devices and systems used in 100 Gb/s applications. We are pleased to be partnering with Gennum once again in a demonstration that will highlight how our products are helping bring to market the technologies that will assist Next Generation Networks achieve unprecedented performance,” said Hiroshi Goto, Business Development Manager, Anritsu Company.

The MP1800A was selected for the demonstration, in part, because it is a modular BERT with a built-in Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) that supports output of high-quality, low intrinsic jitter signals, as well as a built-in Error Detector (ED) with high input sensitivity of 10 mV. It supports signal analyses, including bathtub and Q measurements.

Designed to support the next-generation 4x25 Gb/s eco-system, the GN2425 and GN2426 feature industry-leading jitter performance. By resetting the jitter budget inside the cable connector, these small, low-power devices enable robust and cost-effective active copper cables for intra-rack and inter-rack applications. On the host side, Gennum’s CDRs compensate for losses in the host PCB and cable connector, exceeding the requirements currently specified for OIF CEI-28G-VSR retimed interfaces.

“By providing the MP1800A for our demonstration at DesignCon, Anritsu gives us the high-end capability necessary to showcase the performance of our next-generation 4x25 Gb/s transceivers for the emerging 100 Gb/s networking market,” said Ed Frlan, Senior System Architect, Gennum Mixed Signal and Optical Products Division.

About Gennum
Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand for high-speed data transmission products in the broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications markets. Gennum offers proven optical, analog and mixed-signal solutions with uncompromising signal integrity to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®. The company is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, United States, India and the United Kingdom.

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About Anritsu
Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.


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