Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an optical power head and sensor that enables optical component designers and component manufacturers to measure optical power levels up to +37 dBm quickly and with complete accuracy. This is expected to help the optical R&D and component manufacturing industries increase profits by significantly reducing the cost of test.
The Agilent 81628B high-power optical head also enables fully traceable measurements within a wavelength ranging from 800 to 1700nm. This feature, together with the fast and accurate measurement of optical power levels up to +37 dBm, reduces test time, increases yield and accelerates time to market. The optical head combined with integrating sphere ensures safe and flexible operation. The sphere can be rotated to optimize the input port position and allows almost any connector to be safely connected with the input port.
The Agilent 81630B high-power optical sensor, part of Agilent�s multimeter platform, allows measurements up to 28 dBm with a wavelength range of 970 to 1650nm. This rack-mountable module can be inserted into the Agilent 8163 mainframe for a compact, high-power measurement solution. The high-accuracy and low-polarization dependent loss values greatly reduce test times and make the power sensor an ideal tool for high-power measurements.
�Component designers and manufacturers are increasingly concerned with cost of test because it accounts for nearly 30 percent of product cost,� said Werner Berkel, vice president and general manager of Agilent�s Optical Communication Measurement Division. �By cutting test cost, Agilent customers can build less expensive and more competitive products.�
The Agilent 81628B and 81630B are available now and are priced at $7,350 and $6,195 respectively.
More information is available at www.agilent.com/comms/comp-test.