November 4, 2011

Tektronix Announces Industry’s Fastest Coherent Lightwave Signal Analyzer

Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today announced the OM4106D Coherent Lightwave Signal Analyzer – the first coherent test system with 33 GHz bandwidth support. This industry-fastest performance is achieved through tight integration with the DPO70000D Series oscilloscopes for exceptional real-time performance along with purpose-built algorithms with best laser phase tolerance, no pattern length limitation and insightful displays for fast analysis and debugging of high-performance optical designs.

Driven by the explosive demand for high-quality video and other content, long haul networks are struggling to meet bandwidth demands. However, providers are reluctant to spend billions on new fiber deployment and are turning to modulation techniques that will provide more capacity on existing fiber. Coherent lightwave signal analyzers play an important role in efficiently moving higher-speed designs from laboratories to production, and as speeds increase test equipment must keep pace.

“In the world of long-haul optical transmission technologies, capacity and performance is the name of game,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “By tightly integrating the OM4106D with DPO70000D Series oscilloscopes, we deliver the accurate, confident test results optical researchers and engineers need to design more capable optical systems and quickly bring them to market.”

Traditionally, optical modulation analyzers have been designed to work with a range of oscilloscope models and types. The OM4106D is the first to be tightly integrated with a high-speed oscilloscope giving it the performance required to test the fastest coherent lightwave systems on the market.  The DPO73304D oscilloscope delivers 33 GHz realtime bandwidth together with 100 GS/s sample rate performance across two channels or 50 GS/s across four channels. The oscilloscope also features a new DataStore Public Interface that provides up to 2x the data throughput from digitizers to the MATLAB application processing the OM4106D algorithms for analysis.

In addition to industry leading performance, the OM4106D includes comprehensive analysis software for coherent modulation analysis including Q Plot, Eye Diagrams and effective bit error rate (BER).  This is supplemented with deep levels of debugging functionality and a diverse set of plots/results to help users quickly identify root cause issues in their designs.

Also available is  a complete calibration and evaluation system for third-party receivers, enabling easy integration into an existing optical research laboratory environment. The ability to achieve consistent measurement results from a calibrated, proven analysis tool helps to improve the transition from the design lab to manufacturing floor.

The OM4106D is available now worldwide starting at $166,000 US MSRP. Orders placed today will be shipped in Q4 of 2011. A webinar at 9AM PST on Nov. 8, 2011 will show the capabilities of the OM4106D in more depth. For more information, go to

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About Tektronix
For more than sixty years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test, measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. Tektronix is a leading supplier of test instrumentation for engineers focused on electronic design, manufacturing, and advanced technology development. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at

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