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Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-First 100 Gb/s BERT

Tester Enables Development of Next-Generation Optical Transceivers

(PresseBox) (ANAHEIM, Calif., ) Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the E4898A Bit Error Ratio Tester (BERT) front-end, enabling a complete 100 Gb/s BERT that operates at speeds up to 100 Gb/s. The industry-first 100 Gb/s BERT offers exceptional data range, standard measurements and multiple patterns that will enable the next generation of optical transceivers.

As standards evolve, 100 Gb/s links are expected to be deployed in metro communications and in high-speed server interconnects starting in late 2008. Pattern and data generators, as well as BERTS, will then be needed to evaluate and verify the different approaches to the various technical challenges in getting the transceiver technology to work at the 100 Gb/s transmission rates. Agilent's 100 Gb/s BERT will enable researchers and technologists in universities and research centers to validate their transceiver designs operating at these ultra-high speeds.

"Researchers don't want to spend their time setting up and calibrating proprietary test solutions," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions division. "The introduction of the 100 Gb/s BERT addresses this need with a turnkey solution, and therefore marks a breakthrough into a new speed class."

Agilent based this latest addition to its industry-leading family of BERTs on its ParBERT 81250 Series platform. The Agilent 100 Gb/s BERT provides the following benefits:

o Unique data range from 40 Gb/s to 100 Gb/s.

o Flexible patterns for stimulus (PRBS and memory based).

o BER (Bit Error Ratio) measurements on ultra-high-speed bit patterns.

o Standard, proven and turnkey solution, versus a self-developed lab setup.


The Agilent E4898A 100 Gb/s BERT front-end is available now.

More information about the Agilent E4898A 100 Gb/s BERT front-end and the complete 100 Gb/s BERT system is available at Photos of the product are available at

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