• Automatically measures OMI
  • Helps to optimize transmitters in just minutes
  • Eliminates the need for expensive equipment
  • Useful for multiple CATV system procedures
  • DOCSIS 3.1 compatible

Why Measure Optical Modulation Index?

With CATV providers seeking to increase the number of services offered to their subscribers, it is crucial that their optical networks are optimized for peak performance. If not, the risk of losing revenue is increased, as unhappy subscribers now have the option of switching to Satellite, Telco, and Online services.  By setting proper OMI, operators now have a simple, yet cost-effective solution for ensuring maximum performance, while saving their technicians a significant amount of time.

The Problem

Before any laser transmitter is used in a system, it goes through a number of processes and specification setting procedures which introduce many variables. All of these procedures are prone to inaccuracies that, in the end, may add up to a major shift in performance. Until now, the tasks of setting proper OMI required both significant investments in laboratory-grade equipment, as well as time-consuming calculations and manual adjustments. Furthermore, any time a single variable changes, the entire process must be repeated – not an ideal scenario!  Furthermore, just a small change in any variable can be the difference between great service and marginal service to the subscriber.

The Solution

The FOS 1000A from M2 Optics is the only instrument available that helps you to easily measure and set proper OMI, without wasting valuable time and money. Proven at the largest CATV companies and equipment manufacturers, this instrument is useful for a variety of applications, allowing technicians to work smarter, not harder.

Improve Laser Transmitter Performance

The FOS device is the fastest, most effective tool available for optimizing laser transmitter performance in CATV systems.  With a unique ability to measure OMI, headend technicians can ensure that more transmitters are operating at peak level in less time.

Traditional methods for determining OMI not only require expensive lab-grade equipment, but also a highly experience professional to perform the manual trial-and-error tasks.  Since several variables can and do affect OMI, this is a time-consuming process, resulting in as much as an hour or more per transmitter to complete.

When using a DOCSIS-compatible FOS device, all of these variables are taken into account automatically, eliminating manual calculations.  Easy to use, technicians of all experience levels can support the effort to enhance system performance and retain subscribers.

Applications for CATV & Multi-Channel Operators:

  • Laser transmitter setup
  • Laser transmitter maintenance
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Performance benchmarking

Applications for CATV Equipment Manufacturers:

  • Laser transmitter development & manufacturing
  • Quality assurance testing

Importance & Definition of Optical Modulation Index (OMI)

What is Optical Modulation Index?  The primary factors in the performance of optical communications systems and specifically laser transmitters are Optical Power and Optical Modulation Index (OMI).  The OMI must be set properly to achieve optimum Carrier-to-Noise Ratio (CNR) while avoiding unacceptable large non-linear distortions and threshold clipping effects.  Static clipping behavior increases the lasers non-linear distortions and imposes an upper limit on its channel capacity.

The mathematical calculation of CNR for a multi-channel carrier system is a statistical calculation comprised of several variables: OMI (m), video noise BW (B), receiver photocurrent (I), receiver noise equivalent current (N), and laser Relative Intensity Noise (RIN):  CNR=(m*I)2/[2B(2qi+N+(RIN*I2)]

As you can see, OMI (m) is a key variable along with optical power in the CNR equation.  Therefore, in order to optimize the system, it is vital to get as much optical power from a laser as the result of setting OMI to the optimum level.

Since determining the optimal setting for a laser transmitter requires performing multiple calculations each time a variable changes, using a device like the FOS 1000A from M2 Optics that can quickly and automatically measure OMI can save significant time for an engineering team.

View Related Whitepaper:

Defining OMI


Key Benefits

Optimize Performance   

    Laser transmitter operates at peak level
    Carrier-to-noise increases by as much as 1-2dB
    Power increase of forward optical links

Saves Money     Eliminates expensive equipment traditionally required
    Identifies potential issues before problems occur in field
Time Savings     Reduces time spent setting proper OMI by 85%
    Eliminates manual calculations and repetitive tasks
Performance Benchmarking    

    Useful for determining performance benchmarks
    Routine maintenance performed using benchmark values

Network Troubleshooting     Helps to identify issues and their possible causes in the network
Transmitter Mfgr Dev & QA     Ensures equipment is operating as expected before being shipped

Related OMI Product Information

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(1.0 GHZ DOCSIS 3.0 compatible)   

Defining OMI  (Technical Whitepaper)