Exfo launches more test modules for Ethernet validation, FC testing

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 8:05am
Traci Patterson

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering has launched two additional Packet Blazer modules, the IQS-8525 and the IQS-8535, which provide research and design (R&D), software verification and manufacturing groups with the capability for Ethernet validation and Fiber Channel (FC) testing of network equipment.

Earlier this week, Exfo launched the FTB-8525 and FTB-8535 Packet Blazer modules, which also provide testing capabilities for FC network deployments and support an optional test suite for complete performance validation of Ethernet services (story here).

The new multi-service modules, which reside in the IQS-500 or IQS-600 unified test platform, offer fully integrated, multi-rate datacom testing. For FC testing and performance analysis, the IQS-8525 and IQS-8535 test modules support FC-0, FC-1 and FC-2 logical layer configurations to execute traffic generation, bit-error rate (BER) testing, round-trip latency measurement and buffer-to-buffer credit estimation at full line rates of 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps and 10 Gbps (IQS-8535 only).

“Demand for Fiber Channel and Ethernet equipment is growing rapidly,” said Etienne Gagnon, Exfo’s VP of product management and marketing. “Fiber Channel’s robustness and low-latency features are ideal for mission-critical applications, while carrier Ethernet equipment provides an efficient and cost-effective solution to network operators.

“Yet, now more than ever, these mission-critical technologies require thorough testing at every stage of development – from software validation to manufacturing – to ensure appropriate performance and quality levels. The IQS-8525/8535 Packet Blazer modules highlight Exfo’s ongoing commitment toward fully integrated test solutions for multi-service network equipment manufacturers.”

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