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March 28, 2012

EXFO Inc. Rolls out New FTB-2200 Broadband Source for Field-based PMD Measurements

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

The speed of the data that is transmitted over a fiber usually faces limitations due to high values of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) – a form of modal dispersion that limits the rate at which data can be transmitted over fiber. PMD is known to be a significant obstacle in both legacy and newly deployed networks.

Generally, high-speed fiber networks, such as long-haul and submarine routes, require tighter margins and more accurate measurements of PMD. In an effort to address this need, EXFO Inc. – a provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions – has unveiled the new FTB-2200 Broadband Source (News - Alert), which is ideal for conducting high-accuracy, field-based PMD measurements.

The new battery-operated, high-power FTB-2200 Broadband Source is a compact, rugged and reliable broadband light source that can provide fast as well as accurate field-based PMD measurements when used in conjunction with the FTB-5500B generalized interferometric PMD analyzer. Precisely, it is a high-power, polarization-scrambled broadband LED source covering the C + L bands.

As a 40G/100G-ready high-power PMD source module featuring with a built-in polarization scrambler, the new FTB-2200 Broadband Source ensures that all legacy and newly designed networks can achieve optimal performance, regardless of transmission speed, when used with EXFO's (News - Alert) FTB-5500B.

Offering customers with additional tools to meet the demand for stable and resilient network performance, the FTB-2200 Broadband Source is designed for the FTB-200 Compact Platform and is ideal for OSP environment.

The FTB-5500B, which is used in conjunction with the new FTB-2200, has a unique technology that allows users to know both the auto-correlation and cross-correlation. With the help of this device, the auto-correlation peak is thus removed, and higher accuracy and resolution are obtained. PMD of 0 ps can be measured.

In recent news, EXFO launched a separate EXFO Apps section in its newly introduced store. The new portal is accessible from any EXFO FTB platform, which reflects the company’s commitment to deliver software applications that help make field-testing more efficient and boost productivity. The applications found in EXFO Apps facilitate FTB platform users to work faster and smarter.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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