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Boot Camp – Optical High-Speed Serial Data Measurements for Electrical Engineers

Pavel Zivny  (Domain Expert, Tektronix)

Paul Brooks  (Optical Transport Technology and Strategy , Viavi)

Location: Great America 2

Date: Tuesday, January 28

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Track: 03. Integrating Photonics & Wireless in Electrical Design

Format: Boot Camp

Pass Type: All-Access Pass, Alumni All-Access Pass, Boot Camp Pass - Get your pass now!

Vault Recording: TBD

If you are familiar with serial buses like PCIe, or you are an expert on signal integrity/power integrity, but don't know your way around extinction ratio and WDM, then join us for a day in a room full of fibers, signals, optical transceivers, and optical oscilloscopes for hands-on experience and discussion of practical measurements in an optical lab. We will focus on optical Ethernet systems - 10, 25, 50, 100 and 400 Gb/s standards such as 400GBASE-DR4 and slower. Besides laboratory equipment, several commercial optical modules will be present and running.

For a digital, analog, or serial data practicing engineer who has little or no optical experience, we provide explanation and hands-on of optical signal measurements. Focus on serial data transmission/direct detect rather than the basic physics of light or the coherent modulation.

Note that this boot camp will break from 11:50 AM to 1:30 PM for the keynote and lunch.


  • Optical communication basics: optical sources, transmission and receivers
  • Various PMDs and their applications – SR, DR, FR.LR, coherent
  • Important parameters – Power, spectrum, eye, TDECQ, OSNR
  • Practical measurements with a range of sources and transponders
    1. Basic power
    2. Basic spectrum
    3. Classic NRZ eye
    4. PAM-4 eye
    5. Stressed eye
    6. TDECQ
    7. Coherent + OSNR