Agilent Technologies WireScope Pro Offers
Fastest Handheld Cable and Fiber Testing for 10 Gbit/s Ethernet
Networks Tester Accelerates Network Infrastructure Build-Out
Required for Broadband Ethernet, Triple-Play Services Provisioning
ORLANDO, Fla., BICSI, Booth 615, Jan. 23, 2006 - Agilent Technologies
Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a handheld cable and fiber
tester that offers the fastest cable certification for Cat
3 to Cat 6a/7. Agilent WireScope Pro delivers superior near-
and far-end crosstalk measurement performance and is the first
to provide Alien Crosstalk (AXT) measurements, indispensable
for testing LAN cabling's suitability for running 10 Gigabit
Ethernet (10GE). Ethernet is spreading across enterprise,
data center and service provider network infrastructures from
10 Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s. The release of the Augmented Category
6 (Cat 6a) Ethernet cabling standard poses new challenges
to everyone testing suitability for 10GE, due to narrower
margins in bandwidth, length budgets, crosstalk and AXT susceptibility.
LAN cabling installers, cable makers and network integrators
are held responsible for the quality of their links.
An expandable platform, the WireScope Pro
is available at Cat 3 to Cat 6 test capability and can be
upgraded to Cat 6a/7 capability at a later stage, making it
a safe investment. WireScope Pro is optimized for testing
efficiency, increasing cabling and network installers' productivity.
Industry-leading measurement speed boosts the test throughput
by a factor of three, compared with previous models. Simple,
automated point-to-point tests keep user interactions at a
minimum to help prevent operator failures and unnecessary
repetitions. New Fiber SmartProbes cut test times of optical
links by eliminating the need to swap fibers for bidirectional
testing and calibration. Furthermore, Agilent's newly developed
AXT test solution, based on WireScope Pro, provides superior
AXT measurement performance by employing a new, extremely
fast and cost-efficient methodology, based on real-life crosstalk
stimulation. Today's network analyzer-based, one-hour measurements
now run in five minutes.
WireScope Pro exceeds TIA (Telecommunications
Industry Association) Level IV accuracy specifications, with
compliance independently certified by ETL SEMKO (formerly
Edison Testing Laboratory). With its 1 GHz of measurement
frequency range, the WireScope Pro covers today's fastest
Ethernet standards and
is ready for next-generation cables. Driven by the deployment
of triple-play services, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit
Ethernet are spreading across enterprise and service providers'
network infrastructure," said Werner Berkel, vice president
and general manager of Agilent's Photonic Measurement Division.
"The Agilent WireScope Pro tests Cat 3 to 6a/7 cable
and optical fiber efficiently and completely. From triple
play to pure play, no handheld tester certifies Ethernet cables
faster or more completely."
Benefits of the WireScope Pro include:
The industry's fastest, most widely automated
LAN cabling and fiber certification, according to TIA
and ISO standards (8 seconds being sufficient to qualify
a Cat 6 cable).
Innovative, cost-efficient Alien Crosstalk
measurement technique, which leaves no uncertainty as
to an Ethernet cable's compliance to 10 Gbit/s requirements.
Highly efficient dual-ended testing from
a new DualRemote Pro unit, which operates fully unattended.
The elimination of fiber swapping, with
new multimode and single-mode
Fiber SmartProbes for dual-wavelength,
truly bidirectional measurements.
Ethernet cabling certification to TIA
Categories 3 to 6, Augmented Category 6 and 7, and ISO
Classes C through F. Category 6 and 7 Channel and Permanent
Truly field-portable size (9.1"
x 5" x 3.4"), with up to eight hours battery
life, full-screen color LCD and intuitive touch-screen
ScopeData Pro software for professional
graphical test reports