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ID Photonics releases versatile optical spectrum analyser

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Test and measurement specialist ID Photonics has unveiled the ID OSA, a versatile optical spectrum analyser for R&D and production test applications with picometer-class spectral resolution across the C Band.

The instrument is cost-effective, rugged, fast and compact, the company claims. Costing just 30 per cent of a traditional OSA, it has resolution of 312MHz or 2.5pm and performs a scan at full resolution within one second. The compact housing stacks in standard half size 19-inch racks with just 1HE height for integration into test rigs.

Furthermore, unlike traditional OSAs, the rugged design without any moving optical elements does not require calibration making it easily portable.

The unit is controlled by a graphical user interface for Windows computers connected via USB or Ethernet. Automated scripts can be implemented by the SCPI-style command interface.

“The new ID OSA uniquely blends high resolution spectral analysis capability with a fast scan rate in a rugged ultra-compact device at a very competitive price. This makes it an ideal choice for both production testing where reliability and compactness is key as well as demanding R&D applications by its paramount spectral resolution and dynamic range,” said David Stahl, general manager of ID Photonics.

The ID OSA is available immediately. The unit will be demonstrated live at ID Photonic’s booth #2113 at OFC 2017 exhibition from 21 to 23 March.