Bit Error Rate Testers (BERT)

BERT for Ethernet, OC-768, CEI, InfiniBand and Fiber Channel

SHF’s Bit Pattern Generators (BPG) or Pulse Pattern Generators (PPG), Error Analyzers (EA) and remote heads form a Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) suite, which supports a vast number of different applications including high speed Ethernet rates like 100GbE, 200GbE, 400GbE and 1 TbE.

Multi-Channel NRZ

The BPG & EA instruments support up to 8 independent channels broadband from < 10 to 64 Gbps. By combining these instruments with our multiplexer (MUX) and demultiplexer (DEMUX) modules, the serial data rate is extended further up to 120 Gbps per channel.

Multi-Channel PAM

A PAM source is formed by attaching one of our digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) remote heads to the BPG. This way, the fastest commercially available speed on a single serial coaxial interface (128 GBaud / 256 Gbps) is achieved using our PAM-MUX extender head.
SHF’s capability for true PAM4 BER measurements up to a speed of up to 58 GBaud PAM4 (112 Gbps) is also the industries fastest.

Arbitrary Waveform Generation (AWG)

The programming capabilities together with the channel synchronization render the BPG + DAC combination to be a full “remote head” AWG at a speed of up to 60 GSymbols/s. More information on this can be found in our dedicated AWG product page.

Pattern Generators (BPG) and Error Analyzers (EA)

P/NTypeForm Factor32/33G NRZ Channels60/64G NRZ ChannelsPAM capabilityDatasheet
SHF 12104 ABPGPlug-In0, 2, 4 or 80, 1, 2 or 4with external DAC
SHF 12105 ABPGBench-Top4, 6 or 8with external DAC
SHF 12124 ABPGBench-Top2 —with external DAC
SHF 12124 BBPGBench-Top2 —with external DAC
SHF 12125 BBPGBench-Top2 1with external DAC
SHF 12126 ABPGBench-Top21x ≤ 32 GBaud (64 Gbps)
SHF 11104 AEAPlug-In0, 2, 4 or 80, 1, 2 or 4≤ 32 GBaud (64 Gbps) or
58 GBaud (116 Gbps) with PAM sampler
SHF 11125 AEABench-Top2 —

Extender & Remote Heads for BPG and EA

P/NTypeBest Fit toPurposeMax. SpeedDatasheet
SHF C603 A2:1 Mux≥ 2 channel BPGDouble the output data rate120 Gbps
SHF 613 A
3-Bit DAC
≥ 2 channel BPGGenerate PAM4/8 signals60 GBaud
SHF 615 B
3-Bit DAC
(With Amplifier)
≥ 2 channel BPGGenerate PAM4/8 signals60 GBaud
SHF 614 C6-Bit DAC≥ 6 channel BPGGenerate PAM or arbitrary waveforms60 GBaud
SHF 616 BPAM4 Mux≥ 4 channel BPGQuadruplicate the speed
i.e. double signal levels (to PAM4) & baud rate
128 GBaud
(256 Gbps)
SHF C623 A1:2 Demux≥ 2 channel EADouble analysis speed120 Gbps
SHF 11220 APAM4 SamplerSHF 11104 A EARaise PAM4 BER analysis speed58 GBaud
(116 Gbps)

Amplifier Instruments

P/NTypeForm FactorOperational RangeDatasheet
SHF 58211 ADual AmplifierPlug-Inup to 50 Gbps
SHF 58214 AMulti-Channel AmplifierPlug-Inup to 33 Gbps
SHF 58215 AMulti-Channel AmplifierPlug-Inup to 33 Gbps

Mainframes (to host the Plug-In Modules above)

P/NTypeTo host up toDatasheet
SHF 10001 BSmall MainframeEither four half-width plug-ins,
or one full-width plug-in and two half-width plug-ins
SHF 10000 CLarge MainframeUp to two full-width plug-ins (EA or BPG) and
up to four half-width plug-ins (e.g. optical Tx)