Data centre test solutions feature at ECOC 2017

Posted By : Mick Elliott

The latest test solutions for optical communications, networking, cloud and IT infrastructure, designed to enable data centre technology evolution, will be showcased by Keysight Technologies at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Gothenburg (Sept. 18–20).


The test solutions enable data centre technology evolution inside and outside the data centre—from simulation to implementation, and from components to systems.

Keysight will demonstrate solutions that address the latest industry challenges, such as deploying higher network speeds and increasing capacity at a low cost into next-generation data centres

The 400G line rate native QSFP-DD interface test system from Ixia Solutions Group (a Keysight business) will be on display. Ixia’s QSFP-DD 400GE test system is compliant with the IEEE 802.3bs KP4 forward error correction (FEC), and will shorten development and test times for network equipment manufacturers.

Also on parade is the M8040A high-performance bit error rate tester (BERT) which with up to 64GBaud, simplifies 400G receiver characterisation and supports NRZ and PAM-4 signalling up to 64Gbaud.

It is the latest member of the modular AXIe-based M8000 series of BER test solutions and AXIe-based M8000 series of BER test solutions which includes built-in adjustable equalization and true PAM-4 error analysis.

The fast, automated 400GE optical transceiver compliance test solution, supporting the IEEE 802.3bs specifications, which requires a precise optical stressed signal, is automatically calibrated. Keysight will demonstrate the complete solution for the first time at ECOC.

The PAM-4 simulation is for analysing system design trade-offs within high-speed digital links using the ADS Channel Simulator.

This solution allows a comparison of PAM-4 versus NRZ technology using impairments such as jitter, noise, channel loss and inter-symbol interference to simulate the expected impact on high-speed digital links.

Also featuring in Gothenburg will be the M8290A rack-mountable modular 400G coherent component and system test solution, which is based on the M8292A optical modulation analyser module and M8296A digitiser module.

Engineers can use this compact and flexible coherent test system, together with additional solution software, for integrated coherent receiver (ICR) and analogue coherent optical (ACO) module characterisation. ECOC is the worldwide launch of the M8290A system.






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