The high measurement speed enabled by Agilent’s new multiport power meter and polarization technology ensures a drastic increase in device throughput. (Agilent acquired Adaptif Photonics’ polarization technology in 2007.) The unparalleled measurement accuracy helps improve the yield on production lines. Special functions such as data-export filters and special software interfaces make it easier to integrate the software suite into existing infrastructures. An easy-to-configure report generator documents measurement results with the click of a button.

This software suite provides several measurement engines that cover a large variety of applications, including spectral IL/PDL test on broadband components and filters. Measurements on multiport components like Mux/Demux and splitters are supported with basically any number of ports. Special analysis capabilities such as Transverse Electrical/Transverse Magnetic loss help engineers optimize the design of their components.

Agilent N7700A also includes a free-of-charge viewer software package that allows viewing and analyzing stored measurement data. Agilent designed this viewer to be used throughout entire development teams or manufacturing groups.

US Pricing and Availability

The Agilent N7700A photonic application suite will be available April 1, 2009. A typical configuration for IL/PDL testing of broadband components such as splitters will be priced at $2,000.

Agilent is a US-based provider of bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions.