Anritsu adds 56G and 64G modules to MP1800A BERT

Anritsu has launched new MP1861A mux and MP1862A demux modules for the MP1800A signal quality analyser. This will expand the functions of the MP1800A 32G bit error rate tester (BERT) to support 56G and 64G measurements required for evaluating high-speed serial transmission devices, such as SerDes.

To address the ever increasing demands for speed and capacity, the server, storage and communications markets are moving towards the conversion to parallel lanes, with an increase in serial transmission speeds and the adoption of pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) transmission. At the same time the IEEE is examining a switch from 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 400GbE, and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is examining new-high-speed interfaces, such as upgrading from CEI-28G to CEI-56G.

“The result of this extensive standards work is a requirement to test these new capabilities, and to ensure the new technologies can be reliably built and deployed in the field using the newest standards for the required high speed interfaces” said Jonathan Borrill, director of marketing at Anritsu (EMEA). “The breadth of functionality that the MP1800A series offers will help make these higher speeds for server and network equipment possible sooner”.

When used in conjunction with the MP1800A, the two new modules support a generation of non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data and BER measurements at data rates up to 64.2Gb/s. In addition, the support for jitter tolerance and bathtub jitter measurements meets the recommendations of the latest CEI-56G and 400GbE standards.

Anritsu’s MP1800A signal quality analyser series is a plug-in, modular-type BERT simultaneously accommodating pulse pattern generator (PPG), error detector (ED), synthesiser, and jitter generation modules. It supports simultaneous generation of synchronous signals and measurement of bit error rates, for up to eight channels, by installing multiple 32G PPG and ED modules.


As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance


Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move


Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby


With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

Analysis and opinion