What is the difference between the A-Series and S-Series WaveShaper?

The WaveShaper A-Series is the successor of the S-Series. Here is a list of the key differences:

  • Ethernet support: The A Series provides an Ethernet port in addition to the USB port. Integration of the WaveShaper into the Network (LAN and WAN) is supported.
  • Truly Platform independent: An internal Webserver allows operation of the WaveShaper from any device which operates a Web-browser. Therefore operation from any Windows version, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, etc is supported.
  • Fully Backward compatible: Using the integrated USB port, the new Series A WaveShaper is fully backward compatible with the previous S-Series. It can be used as a “drop-in replacement”.
  • New WaveShaper model: The WaveShaper 500A has a 1×1 port configuration and allows arbitrary shaping of the attenuation shape. It has the very same functions as the WaveShaper 1000A, except that it does not support shaping the phase.
  • Improved Optical Specifications: The A-Series WaveShaper provide following key improvements of optical specifications:
    • C-band units:
      • The standard wavelength range has been widened to 1526.0 nm to 1568.7 nm. This ensures that test requirements on advanced systems are covered with the standard unit and do not require any customization.
      • The insertion loss is now guaranteed 5 dB maximum (previously 6.5 dB).
      • The Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL) is now guaranteed to be below 0.4 dB (previously 0.7 dB).
    • L-band units:
      • The standard wavelength range has been extended. It covers now 1569.2 nm to 1610.0 nm.
      • The insertion loss is now guaranteed 5 dB maximum (previously 6.5 dB).
      • The Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL) is now guaranteed to be below 0.4 dB (previously 0.7 dB).

For a detailed look on the capabilities if the ‘A’ Series, here is a link to the Product Brochure:

Waveshaper Series A Product Brochure