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Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-First Reference Receiver Module for Emerging LAN/SAN Applications


New 45-GHz Optical/93-GHz Electrical Module Allows Engineers to Increase Productivity, Speeds Design Improvements

SANTA CLARA, Calif..- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry’s first optical/electrical module that provides unfiltered bandwidth and reference receiver capabilities for 100-G Ethernet signals (implemented as four lanes each in the 25.8- to 27.7-Gb/s range) and 16X Fibre Channel (17-Gb/s single-mode variants) signals. The combination of unfiltered optical bandwidth to 45 GHz and reference receiver capabilities in one module significantly accelerates the design cycle and product validation testing, allowing engineers to increase productivity and speed design improvements.

Used in Agilent’s 86100C DCA-J wideband oscilloscope mainframe, the Agilent 86116C Option 025 module allows engineers to investigate, design and verify the performance of transceivers that terminate optical fibers for next-generation local area (LAN) and storage area (SAN) networks.

“Since the telecom days of the 1990s, customers have been counting on Agilent to be the first in the industry to address their emerging sampling oscilloscope needs with application-specific solutions,” said Scott Sampl, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s oscilloscope business. “Like other members of the Agilent 86100C family, the new 86116C Option 025 helps engineers get deeper insight into their devices, increase their productivity and improve their designs in less time.”

Option 025 works with 1310-nm and 1550-nm single-mode transmitters and characteristically has 45 GHz optical and 93 GHz electrical unfiltered bandwidth. Engineers prefer line-rate-specific reference receivers because they make compliance measurements far more consistently and reproducibly than unfiltered receivers. In addition, engineers need sufficient unfiltered bandwidth to troubleshoot designs and improve manufacturing yields.

Additional information about the Agilent 86116C Option 025 optical/electrical module is available at Product images of the Agilent 86116C are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent 86116C Option 025 is available now at a starting price of $60,000. Agilent 86100C DCA-J firmware revision 8.0 is required and will be available at beginning June 2008.


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