New Variable Optical Attenuator From AFL

  • AFL
  • Fiber Testing
  • Testing
VOA6-SMSPARTANBURG, SCAFL announced the new NOYES VOA6-SM variable optical attenuator. Designed for telecom and broadband link activation tasks, the VOA6-SM allows the user to dial in attenuation values to confirm optical link budgets and operating margins or to determine the optical padding value required to match power levels.

AFL says the VOA6-SM is distinguished from other variable optical attenuators in its price range by its 45 dB optical return loss, which makes it suitable for use with DFB-based transmitters and other devices that can be damaged or degraded by higher levels of reflected power. The VOA6?SM is calibrated at 1310, 1490, 1550 and 1625 nm, making it appropriate for FTTx and other single-mode fiber applications.

"The VOA6-SM was developed to give our customers an alternative to complex and costly laboratory-grade variable optical attenuators," says George Rose, general manager of AFL's Test and Inspection Division. "Its simplicity minimizes training and speeds deployment, while its thumbwheel attenuation control allows precise, one-hand operation. We are delighted with the response we have received thus far from our customers."

The handheld VOA6-SM operates on an internal Li-ion battery and includes a 10-minute auto shutdown and a 60-second backlight power down feature. It retains its attenuation setting even while turned off, which permits it to be temporarily installed in a network node should a fixed attenuator be unavailable. The VOA6?SM comes with FC connectors, an AC adapter, a battery charger and carry case.

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