TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Collaborate to Demonstrate Record-Breaking Optical Signaling

Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:00am EST

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Agilent Oscilloscopes Enable Record Interface Rates
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
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
(standard deviation). 

"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 applications. 

Additional information about Agilent`s Infiniium 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes is
available at High-resolution images are
available at 

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.
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