Tektronix Inc. has developed an optical sampling oscilloscope module for its DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer series to provide enhanced optical sensitivity, noise, and dynamic range performance for characterization and validation testing of 16GFC Fibre Channel and 14GB FDR Infiniband communications standards.
Both Fibre Channel and Infiniband standards are designed for high-bandwidth applications and devices such as high-performance super-computing clusters, large databases, data center interconnect and migration, and solid-state disks or memory arrays.
Tektronix's says the 80C14 module is the highest performance testing solution for compliance verification from 8.5 – 14.063 Gb/s.
The 80C14 optical sampling module is the latest member of the DSA8200 platform, supporting both single-mode and multi-mode fiber with RMS noise performance of 3 uW, dynamic range of 19 dB and optical sensitivity to -14 dBm.
The module includes optical reference receivers that are ITU and T11-compliant for evaluation and characterization of the recently completed 16GFC Fibre Channel standard and 14 GB FDR Infiniband channels.
Finisar recently used the Tektronix DSA8200 platform to complete performance verification testing for a demonstration the of the first FDR Infiniband active optical cable able to transmit 56 Gb/s data across four lanes of traffic at 14 Gb/s each.