TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Collaborate to
Demonstrate Record-Breaking Optical Signaling
Agilent Oscilloscopes Enable Record Interface Rates
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 29, 2013
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced it has demonstrated the
world’s fastest complex-modulation optical interface rates. A joint team from
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Agilent conducted experiments using Infiniium
90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes to transmit data over long-haul distances at a
record interface rate.
The experiments relied on advanced detection systems and data analysis from
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and on the unmatched measurement performance of
Agilent’s Infiniium 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes to achieve PDM 16 QAM
1.28-terabit dual-carrier optical signaling.
The joint team synchronized two 63-GHz 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes and used
them as 4X analog-to-digital converters running at 160 GSa/s. The bandwidth
combined with the measurement accuracy of the scopes enabled the experiments’
success. In addition to the 63 GHz, enabled by RealEdge technology, the 90000
Q-Series oscilloscopes feature the highest effective number of bits (ENOB) at
more than 5.5 at 33 GHz and the lowest interscope skew of less than 0.5 ps
“State-of-the-art research requires state-of-the-art measurement,” said Jay
Alexander, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Oscilloscope
Products Division. “The 90000 Q-Series oscilloscope delivers the most accurate
measurements in the industry, and Agilent is proud to have played a key role
in the groundbreaking research results at Alcatel-Lucent.”
Agilent presented a paper at the IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting last
fall, jointly with Alcatel-Lucent, that illustrates the breakthrough interface
technology. The paper explains how teams from Agilent and Alcatel-Lucent set
up and configured the world’s fastest interface rates and transmitted the
signals over long-haul distances at high spectral efficiency. The
collaborative experiment between Agilent and Alcatel-Lucent took place
throughout 2012 and culminated in the paper: “1-Tb/s Dual-Carrier 80-GBaud
PDM-16QAM WDM Transmission at 5.2 b/s/Hz over 3200 km.”
The Agilent Infiniium 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes, featuring 63 GHz of
real-time bandwidth, were introduced in April 2012. The Infiniium 90000
Q-Series scopes feature the industry’s lowest noise floor, the highest probing
bandwidth, and a comprehensive set of measurement-specific software
Additional information about Agilent’s Infiniium 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes
is available at www.agilent.com/find/90000Q-series. High-resolution images are
available at www.agilent.com/find/90000Q_images.
Agilent’s complete portfolio of oscilloscopes is available in a variety of
form factors and with bandwidths from 20 MHz to more than 90 GHz. They offer
industry-leading specifications and can be used with a range of powerful
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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