WICHITA, KS—June 26, 2007— With the addition of the new G.703 Interface Pod option, the Aeroflex FB100A bit error rate tester can now test a wide range of standardized telecommunications interfaces (from T1 at 1.544 Mbit/s to STS-3 and STM-1 at 155.52 Mbit/s). This improvement greatly increases the variety of equipment on which bit error rate measurements and noise/error characterization can be made. The G.703 Interface Pod enables the FB100A to provide a fully integrated test system for R&D and manufacturing that wasn’t previously possible with the FB100A. Adding the optional G.703 pod and optional noise generation capabilities to the FB100A with its automatic and highly accurate carrier-to-noise-level calibration, gives users a comprehensive test solution ideal for effectively characterizing error/noise performance. Used to test a range of RF/IF modems and other equipment carrying digital data through standardized telecommunications interfaces, the FB100A reduces test system development time and significantly decreases unit test times. This leads to higher production throughput as well as more accurate and repeatable results. The FastBit G.703 Interface Pod has the same form factor as other FB100A pods–the HSSI pod and the Telecom Data Interface pod. It features a full range of standard instrument tests and results, including automatic bit-error-rate measurements (versus carrier-to-noise) and frequency-tunable noise that ranges from 5 MHz to 2.4 GHz with selectable noise bandwidths. The pod uses a transmitter clock internal or receiver with a transmit frequency deviation of ±2000 ppm (parts per million). The G.703 pod can operate in comprehensive loop-back mode, T1/E1 balanced and unbalanced mode, or monitor mode. Unframed operation is available for the following interfaces: T1, E1, T3, E3, E4, STS-1, STS-3, STM-1. A full range of interfaces is available for PDH, SDH and SONET systems up to 155 Mbit/s. Pricing and Delivery The Aeroflex FastBit G.703 Interface Pod is currently available for order with delivery in 4-6 weeks. Pricing varies depending on which data rates are desired: U.S. $3,295 for E1/T1 U.S. $4,395 for E3/T3 U.S. $4,995 for E4/STM-1/STS-3 U.S. $10,995 for the entire range of interfaces For more detailed information on price and availability of the G.703 Interface Pod or the FB100A system, contact your Aeroflex sales representative at (800) 853-2352 or info-test@aeroflex.com.