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Publication Date: 03/1/2008
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Agilent Intros Optical Multiport Power Meter
Multiport power meter.
Santa Clara, CA — Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an optical power meter with four or eight power-sensor channels that provides manufacturing customers with increased throughput and operational efficiency. Designed for characterizing optical multiport components, these optical power meters offer solutions for device connectivity, high-speed measurement data acquisition and fast data transfer for post-processing.

The new power meter reduces test cost and speeds throughput to meet today's challenges in manufacturing. Manufacturing engineers can improve their operational efficiency with a greatly reduced footprint and easy replacement of existing Agilent equipment with code and trigger compatibility.

This optical power meter extends the company's portfolio with cost effective four and eight power-sensor modules in a single box. It offers a short minimum averaging time of 1µsec and a high dynamic range during swept wavelength measurements. The very fast sample rate of 1 Ms/sec enables time-resolved measurement of transient signals.

According to the company, the new fiber connectivity concept is the industry's first solution to separate the connecting task from the measurement task. The removable connector holder offers flexible connector choice and can be attached to the multichannel device while the instrument measures another device; with the new LAN and USB interfaces, the system offers optimized throughput and data transfer for post-processing. For compatibility with existing equipment, the GPIB interface is also included; the multiport power meter enables fast measurement solutions for all multiport devices, such as multiplexers, PON splitters, wavelength switches and ROADMs.

For more information, contact: Agilent Technologies, Test and Measurement Organization, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., MS 54LAK, Santa Clara, CA 95052 800-452-4844 Web:

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