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AGILENT Technologies has introduced an enhanced modular attenuator for high optical power levels and a modular optical switch for optical component test.

These products will allow manufacturers and integrators of optical amplifiers to reduce cost of test and enable characterisation of next-generation devices, such as new optical amplifiers.

The Agilent 8157xA attenuators are cost-effective plug-in modules for Agilent's multichannel test instrument platform. These are the first attenuators to offer a wavelength-flat design for high optical power levels, together with power control capabilities through an integrated power sensor.

This attenuator helps reduce time to market and lower test time with advanced technologies such as high power level handling, wavelength-flat design, and low insertion loss.

Optional integrated power control capability allows users to set power levels directly, reducing calibration effort for multi-wavelength signals and increasing throughput.

Agilent's new 8159xA modular optical switch is designed to reduce test cost even further. The switch enables optical and network component manufacturers to automate part of the test process by routing optical signals when testing devices such as line cards, amplifiers, and active and passive components. Agilent 03 9210 2824.

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