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JDSU buys optical/GigE test specialist

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 7:15am
Brian Santo

JDSU acquired Circadiant – another test equipment company that specializes in SFP+, 10 GigE and other stressed signal test solutions – filling in a sparse area in JDSU’s product line.

Terms of the acquisition were not released.

Circadiant’s standards-based test solutions include the Hydra platform, including 10 GigE Long Reach Multimode (LRM) and 10 GigE SFP+ test systems, and the OST platform for testing optical components, modules and systems.

JDSU picks up Circadiant’s Hydra and OST product platforms, established test expertise and customer relationships with leading network equipment manufacturers, optical module vendors and semiconductor companies. 

JDSU said the acquired operation will gain by being paired with JDSU’s optical transport product development capabilities and global distribution channels.

The SFP+ transceiver is specified by a multi-source agreement (MSA) between manufacturers and allows greater port density (the number of transceivers per inch along the edge of a mother board) than other transceiver configurations, JDSU explained.  SFP+ is emerging as the 10 GigE optical interface of choice because it enables lower-cost and even higher port density network interface cards. To achieve this, developers and manufactures are faced with new compliance and performance test challenges that are addressed by Circadiant’s products and systems.

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