Optical oscilloscope saves test time, says Tektronix

Test time can be reduced, says Tektronix, using the 8 Series sampling oscilloscope platform. The optical transceiver test platform has support for 56GBd and 28GBd applications and addresses test challenges for optical manufactures to meet demand for increased bandwidth and network capacity.

The 8 Series sampling platform is a disaggregated modular instrument series with parallel acquisition and up to four channels per mainframe. It is also claimed to have the highest measurement accuracy for PAM4 optical signals on multiple inputs simultaneously. The 8 Series consists of the TSO820 sampling oscilloscope mainframe, optical sampling modules, and TSOVu, a new software platform.

The TSOVu software platform runs independently of the mainframe on a host PC for both live and offline processing of acquired data, enabling an external computing environment with a programmatic interface boosting automation. The software also offers a new measurement plug-in architecture, enabling quick iterations of existing measurements as well as future customer defined measurements.

The TCR801 is also new. This external optical clock recovery module covers dual band ranges around both 26GBd and 53GBd.

The TCR801 optical clock recovery instrument works with new and existing test equipment, including the TSO820 and DSA8300. The single mode, external instrument has a FC/PC optical connection for PAM4 and NRZ and uses external optical splitters.

Together, these instruments and software provide a platform for fast acquisition and analysis, says Tektronix.

The 8 Series’ mainframe is a configurable, compact instrument, which at 3U high, is claimed to be the smallest modular form factor in the market. The design is intended to maximise the use of rack space in, for example, optical manufacturing applications, where users can quickly add new analysis capabilities and reconfigure test systems to support upcoming standards and changes in workflow.

Offline and remote modes of operation extend the analysis and visualisation capability of the TSO820 beyond the oscilloscope to a user computing environment, facilitating seamless transition from design phase to debug, characterisation and manufacturing test.

The 8 Series is now available worldwide and comes with a one-year warranty.


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