Automatic features include equalization, gain control and noise filtering (a separate filter for each data rate is built into a custom VLSI chip). To combat the many nemeses of clear data transmission, the Model 1080A includes surge protection (guards against transients), transformer isolation (eliminates ground looping) and a new anti-streaming timer (stops data streaming).
The Model 1080A packs a lot of convenience into a little box: Front panel LEDs give a clear picture of link status, V.54 tests can be activated remotely or via the front panel, and the unit can be externally configured (no need to open the case). Best of all, the Model 1080A standalone is fully compatible with the Model 1080A rack card and the new self-powered Model 1040 short haul.
The Model 1080ARC fits in Patton's 2U high rack chassis and 2/4/8 ClusterBoxesTM. Just like it's standalone counterpart, the Model 1080ARC generates its own 511 and 511E BER test patterns according to the V.52 standard. Four plug-in rear interface cards are available.