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Tektronix rolls automated test option BroadR-Reach specification

01 Oct 2013

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 Option BRR

Tektronix recently offered out a one-box solution for the BroadR-Reach physical-layer compliance testing. The company's Option BRR automates the full range of tests required by the BroadR-Reach Ethernet specification and includes power spectral density and return loss measurements. The company claims that its latest option simplifies test setup, reduces equipment expense and saves up to 90 per cent on testing time compared to manual testing. (see Digital oscilloscope boasts trigger unit, analogue front end.)

Option BRR uses a single oscilloscope to perform all of the tests required by BroadR-Reach 1.2 specifications, eliminating the need for a spectrum analyser and network analyser. In addition, Option BRR provides a mechanism to add a disturbing signal, which is mandatory to perform distortion measurement—one of the most critical measurements recommended by the specification.

BroadR-Reach enables 100Mbit/s connections over unshielded single twisted-pair cable. It is expected to gain widespread adoption within the automotive industry, helping to improve in-vehicle safety, comfort, and infotainment.

The Datasheet for Tektronix's Option BRR can be downloaded here.

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