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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2017 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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High Speed Coherent
Component and Systems Test


Submitted by Keysight Technologies

Historically, intensity modulation and direct detection have been used in optical communications to transmit information. This scheme is still used for short reach applications; however, the spectral efficiency and data rate is very limited. For example, a 100 Gbps signal using an intensity modulation scheme requires either very large bandwidth components or parallel transmission of several lower speed signals.

To support the high data rates required by today’s applications, modern communications systems must provide capabilities beyond traditional intensity modulation and direct detection schemes. Increasing demand for bandwidth has pushed the telecom industry to use coherent transmission techniques. Coherent data transmission takes advantage of amplitude, phase and polarization characteristics of light to enable transmission rates of 200 Gbps and more by transmitting complex symbols, each carrying multiple bits of information. 

In addition to speed, small size and low power consumption are key requirements for the circuit design. To address these needs, new integrated analog coherent optics modules (ACOs) and digital coherent optics modules (DCOs) have been developed and are being used in many network systems. The modules feature integrated abilities for both transmission and reception in a standardized pluggable module and include these sub systems: 

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The New ODI Optical Bus
is Fundamentally Different
from Other T&M Buses

By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

In October of this year, the AXIe Consortium, the VITA trade association, and six companies announced a new instrumentation standard called the Optical Data Interface, or ODI for short. The companies endorsing the standard were Conduant, Guzik, Intel, Keysight, Samtec, and Xilinx.

ODI shatters conventional distance and speed records.  Based on optical links between instruments, ODI can stream data up to 20 GBytes/s from a single optical port, with speeds up to 80 GBytes/s through port aggegation. It is a high-speed point-to-point interface that carries real-time signal data. The speeds, data formats, and timestamps are optimized for wide bandwidth multi-channel data, as found in 5G, radar, electronic warfare, and other RF applications. In October, I wrote gave a brief technical overview of the ODI standard, which you can read here. In this column I will dive deeper, and show some of the unique aspects of ODI that don’t exist in other instrument buses.

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New AXIe Products

The members of the AXIe Consortium continue to release a steady flow of new products based on the AXIe standard, some of which are spotlighted below:

AXIe-1 Base Architecture Specification Products

Guzik DP 7000 Digital Processor

Guzik AXIe ADP7000 Series Modular Digitizer and Digital Processor

M8290A 400G Coherent Test Solution

M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer/DAQ, 10-bit, 10 GS/s, DC to 2.5 GHz BW

Cobham AXIe Chassis

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis

AX1018 Integrated 10 slot AXIe with 19 slot PXI System

Informtest 9 Slot AXIe Mainframe

Giga-tronics GT-CHSIS2A (2-channel) and GT-CHSIS4A (4-channel) 
AXIe Advanced Signal Generation System Chassis

AX500 Integrated 5 Slot AXIe System

M9703B AXIe 12-bit 8ch High-Speed Digitizer/Wideband Digital Receiver

M9537A AXIe Embedded Controller

M9709A AXIe 8-bit High-Speed Digitizer

AXIe-0 Low Cost Instrument and Switch Products

VVK AXIe Switching Card

AXIe-0 System Module

6-slot Chassis in AXIe-0 Format

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System

48 Channel Digital Pin Card


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