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Anritsu MP1800A BERT Part of 100G Active Optical Cable Demonstration by Mellanox

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Anritsu Company announces that Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, featuring Anritsu’s MP1800A BERT as part of a demonstration highlighted the performance of 100G optical modules in the Mellanox booth during OFC 2014. The demonstration featuring the MP1800A showcased how the optical modules meet the high-speed demands of data centers and Next Generation Networks (NGNs).

"As data centers move to 100Gb/s pipes, they require optical modules that will deliver additional bandwidth but not increase power consumption, size, or cost. Our OFC demonstration highlighted how Mellanox’s silicon photonics-based QSFP 100G optical modules address those stringent requirements, thereby accelerating 100Gb/s adoption in data centers. The MP1800A was the best test solution for us to conduct such a high-speed demonstration," said Mehdi Asghari, Vice President of Research and Development for Mellanox Technologies.

Mellanox selected the MP1800A, in part, because it integrates a multiple synchronized 28G/32G BERT with a built-in Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) that supports output of high-quality, low intrinsic jitter signals; a built-in High Sensitivity Error Detector (ED) with best-in-class input sensitivity and fast Auto Adjust function; and a 4PAM/8PAM Converter. Additionally, the MP1800Ahas 3.5Vp-p high output voltage so it can drive optical components, such as the Mellanox WDM QSFP 100G optical module.

"Accurately testing high-speed optical components for NGNs requires test instrumentation with the best performance. Our MP1800A has best-in-class specifications and unique integrated analysis capabilities that make it well suited for leading-edge technology demonstrations. Participated in the Mellanox OFC demonstration is part of our mission to advance optical communications," said Hiroshi Goto, Business Development Manager, Anritsu Company.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation ( has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 110 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.


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