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The TesLA (Test Lab Automation) Alliance (www.teslaalliance.org), a non-profit industry alliance of IP test vendors, says it has made “significant strides” toward publishing the first test automation industry standards. The initial proposal of the TesLA standard was presented for review at the alliance's quarterly meeting February 25, 2009 at Ixia's iSimCity in Santa Clara, CA. The standards proposal addresses the authoring, reporting, and lab management aspects of test lab automation.

“The momentum and delivery of version 1.0 of the test automation standards are an exciting step for the TesLA Alliance,” said Adam Stein, marketing and membership committee chairman of the Alliance. “TesLA standards will enable operators and vendors to increase the velocity of their test cycles by double or triple and significantly reduce the time to market of networking products and carrier services.”

Membership in the TesLA alliance is available for any companies involved in network test and measurement.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (www.exfo.com) has acquired PicoSolve Inc., a privately held test and measurement company that specializes in optical sampling oscilloscopes for 40- and 100-Gbps R&D, manufacturing, and deployment applications. The Canadian test equipment company says that its new acquisition has the only bit-rate-independent test offerings that can measure phase- and amplitude-modulated signals with a measurement bandwidth of more than 500 GHz, yielding a sub-picosecond temporal resolution.

EXFO also expects to leverage what it describes as PicoSolve's “rich intellectual property portfolio.”

Ixia (www.ixia.com) says it has delivered its 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100-GbE) Development Accelerator System (DAS) to Nortel (www.nortel.com). Ixia is developing 40- and 100-GbE test systems as pre-standard tools to provide network equipment and communications chip manufacturers the capabilities that they need for Layer 2/3 traffic generation and analysis.

Nortel, Ixia's first customer for the instrument, will use the 100-GbE DAS to test its Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 100-GbE capabilities and to test the next stage of its 100G Adaptive Optical Engine development, transmitting 100-GbE data over a single 100G wavelength.

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