ECOC 2019: Oscilloscopes meet optical test challenges

11th September 2019
Mick Elliott

Optical test innovation for data centre networking will be demonstrated by Tektronix at ECOC 2019 in Dublin (September 22-26. It is the largest optical communications exhibition and conference in Europe. Tektronix will be hosting industry experts from leading research and commercial companies to discuss the trends and opportunities for emerging optical communications designs. 

New dedicated application solutions areas on show include the DPO70000SX 70GHz ATI performance oscilloscope which analyses single shot PAM-4 signals with live triggering and post-equalized error detection for 400G standards – using high bandwidth Optical probe technologies DPO7OE series. 

The DSA8300 sampling oscilloscope with an 80GHz optical sampling module provides support for IEEE 802.3bs based 400G optical testing for TDECQ, including new advances in high-sensitivity single-mode/multi-mode optical measurements for NRZ and PAM-4.

To support new emerging standards Tektronix will feature the DPO70000SX 70GHz ATI performance oscilloscope to test the performance of 3rd party coherent receiver technologies.

For 200G Per Lane PAM4 Solutions, there will be an end-to-end demonstration featuring industry leading clock recovery technologies handling both complex electrical and optical signal characterisation.

“The rapid worldwide growth in cloud computing is driving massive demand for high-performance data centre infrastructure. To keep pace with this relentless demand, developers are transitioning to 400G technologies enabling smaller, faster, lower cost-per-bit solutions”, said Dean Miles, Head of EMEA Technical Marketing Managers. “There are several core technologies that are enabling 400G, including the use of higher order modulation and higher data rates up to 56 GBaud. The test challenges around characterisation, verification and debug of both silicon and system designs have never been greater. As ECOC attendees will be able to see first hand, Tektronix is well positioned to help our customers push these boundaries even further“.

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