In January, test and measurement specialist Tektronix, Inc. bought Picosecond Pulse Labs for an undisclosed sum.
Founded in 1980 as a spin-off from the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), Picosecond Pulse Labs decided that its expertise in metrology might give it a head start in the emerging high-speed optical communications market. In 2001, the company raised $25 million in Series A funding to develop 10 and 40Gbps optical components. Corning led the funding round; Finisar also participated.
Today, privately held Picosecond Pulse Labs, based in Boulder, Colorado, offers products that include ultra-high-speed pattern generators, fast pulse generators, and high-bandwidth sampler modules. The company’s recently introduced PatternPro programmable pattern generator family includes multi-channel 32-Gbps data generators and analyzers for 100G/400G applications.
It’s the multi-channel test product family that proved attractive to Tektronix, which wants to strengthen its test equipment portfolio to support research and development in 100G and faster optical communications.
“Picosecond Pulse Labs has a long history of designing and manufacturing cutting-edge instrumentation and brings a particular focus on the high-speed optical test market with its new 32-Gbps error detectors and pattern generators,” said Amir Aghdaei, president of Tektronix. “When combined with our high-speed oscilloscopes and other product offerings, Picosecond will further strengthen our portfolio of solutions in the critical 100G/400G data communications segment.”
By Pauline Rigby
Press release: Tektronix Acquires Picosecond Pulse Labs