OFC: New test equipment from Quantifi Photonics

Created March 8, 2022
Technologies and Products

Quantifi Photonics has debuted its PXI-based PAM4 BERT and 288-channel optical power meter at OFC 2022. Both products are aimed at addressing high density, high-capacity standards and improving parallel test capacity for high-volume transceiver manufacturing.

Quantifi Photonic’s BERT-1102, a new PXI-based 29G PAM4 BERT (pictured), brings eight lanes of 29 Gbaud PAM4 in a single PXI module and the ability to scale to 64 channels in a single PXI chassis and up to 512 channels by chaining 8 chassis together. With a built-in, distributed clock, the PAM4 BERT reduces cabling and maintains a small, streamlined footprint. Built on open, modular, proven PXI technology, the PAM4 BERT is used alongside a module compliance board, oscilloscope, and intuitive software. The new single-platform transceiver test solution reduces complexity, allowing engineers to increase test efficiency and accelerate time to market.

“The PXI PAM4 BERT is a great step forward on our roadmap to deliver integrated, high-channel-count transceiver testing on the PXI platform,” said Iannick Monfils, CTO of Quantifi Photonics. “We’re committed to helping engineers solve the challenges of extremely high volume, high-channel-count test applications that allow them to innovate through 400G and 800G bandwidth developments without being held back by test bottlenecks.”

Bandwidth-intensive computing applications such as data centres for machine learning and AI devices are rapidly demanding increasing bandwidth capabilities – from 200G to 400G and soon to 800G and beyond. Manufacturers of the equipment these applications rely on, such as optical transceivers, need to increase capacity and meet these speed and bandwidth demands without drastically impacting production area space and or power consumption. Current optical transceiver test technology is bulky, expensive, and difficult to scale – leaving manufacturers with limited options to satisfy quickly approaching test requirements.

The Power-1410, is a new high-density optical power meter, which continues the same thread of density and efficiency, scaling to 288 parallel channels – a 10x improvement in density over current commercially-available solutions. Quantifi says such extreme channel count instruments will be a key requirement for manufacturers as they roll out 800G and co-packaged optical network infrastructures. Both products use SCPI programming, allowing engineers to integrate them easily with third-party equipment.

Quantifi can be found at booth #4600.

For more information, visit www.quantifiphotonics.com


This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.