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ITRI Collaborates with Anritsu on 400GE Testing Platform


Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A Supports 56Gbaud PAM4/NRZ Test Signal Generation and Bit Error Rate Analysis Functions; Enables 400GE Device/Module Verification

Richardson, TX – September 22, 2017 – Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Anritsu Corporation announce a collaboration to build a high-speed test lab to provide a bit error rate test (BERT) system with symbol rates up to 56Gbaud PAM4 and 56Gb/s NRZ per channel. This BERT system incorporates a wideband optical spectrum analyzer (OSA), high-precision pulse pattern generator (PPG), and high-sensitivity error detector (ED) modules for generating high-quality PAM/NRZ test signal outputs with fast Tr/Tf, low jitter and noise, and high amplitude, while supporting high-sensitivity, real-time error detection and analysis functions. It can be used for high-speed laser transceiver modules and silicon photonics-related components to accurately measure their characteristics, as well as transmission and reception capabilities.

With this BERT system implementation, ITRI is expected to become the leading test lab for testing 400GE and silicon photonics-related applications in Asia, as part of achieving the goal of Taiwan’s future plan to become a high-speed photoelectric devices R&D center.

The Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A is a plug-in module type BERT that can provide high-quality bit error rate analysis functions using built-in PPG and ED modules. Combining the MP1800A with a variety of remote probe heads allows the BERT to flexibly support both 28G/56G NRZ and 28G/56Gboud PAM4 tests, and to output high-amplitude test signals of 4.4 Vp-p (differential, max.).

In addition, the multi-channel PPG sync function can control the three eye amplitudes of PAM4 signals independently and enables high-reproducibility evaluation of an optical modulator without an external driver amplifier. With built-in PAM4 decode and CTLE functions, the remote test platform also supports real-time PAM4 BER measurements using a 28bit/s high-sensitivity ED module to improve the system’s test and analysis capabilities.

Furthermore, the Anritsu Optical Spectrum Analyzer MS9740A can provide high-quality analysis and signal detection for optoelectronic semiconductors and related passive components.

“With continued growth in network traffic driven by the demand of real-time audio and video, there is an urgent need for cloud data centers to support 400G Ethernet transmission in response to explosive network data growth. ITRI will be dedicated to laser devices, photodiode and silicon photonic research and development, providing optical devices and transceiver technologies required by 400GE, thereby enhancing Taiwan’s industry capacity,” said ITRI.

“Anritsu is proud to partner with ITRI. This partnership validates the BER test capability of the Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A, while recognizing Anritsu’s long-term commitment to fiber communication and high-speed circuits achievement. Anritsu believes these capabilities will also help provide the best test environment for ITRI,” added Ivan Chen, General Manager of Anritsu Taiwan.

About Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Industrial Technology Research Institute ( is a nonprofit R&D organization engaging in applied research and technical services, aiming to innovate a better future. Founded in 1973, ITRI has been dedicated to helping industries stay competitive and sustainable. Over the years, ITRI has nurtured more than 260 companies. ITRI has played a vital role in Taiwan's economic growth as it shifted from a labor-intensive industry into a value-added, technology-driven one. Moving forward, the institute will continue serving as a pioneer for industries by strengthening its capabilities of multidisciplinary innovation and cooperation with international partners all over the world.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, 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 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

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