Semiconductor Equipment

Optical transceiver test platform reduces test time and boasts repeatability

03 September 2020

Tektronix Inc. has introduced a disaggregated modular instrument series boasting parallel acquisition with up to four channels per mainframe and 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 and offline processing of acquired data.

The mainframe is a configurable, compact instrument with a small form factor in the market at 3U high. The instrument works with 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 visualization capability of the TSO820 beyond the oscilloscope to a user computing environment, facilitating seamless transition from the design phase to debug, characterization and manufacturing test.

Additionally, the company has introduced the TCR801, an external optical clock recovery module which covers dual band ranges around both 26 GBd and 53 GBd. These instruments and software provide a platform solution for fast acquisition and analysis. The instrument works with new and existing test equipment including the TSO820 and DSA8300 with a single mode, external instrument has a FC/PC optical connection for PAM4 and NRZ and uses external optical splitters.

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