EXFO offers packet network synchronization test unit

JANUARY 19, 2011 -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) has launched the SyncWatch-110 Synchronization Testing Unit, a test and monitoring kit for next-generation synchronization technologies, including performance assessment of synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and Precision Time protocol (IEEE 1588v2).

JANUARY 19, 2011 -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) has launched the SyncWatch-110 Synchronization Testing Unit, a test and monitoring kit for next-generation synchronization technologies, including performance assessment of synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and Precision Time protocol (IEEE 1588v2). The unit has particular application in mobile backhaul links.

As mobile backhaul networks evolve to support packet-based transmission, maintaining accurate synchronization becomes critical to network performance. If left unchecked, synchronization errors can cause a significant loss of data, reduced network capacity and dropped calls. EXFO's SyncWatch-110 test unit is designed to qualify and monitor networks that use IEEE 1588v2 and/or SyncE technologies, while maintaining support of traditional TDM synchronization testing.

The SyncWatch-110's software engine is capable of analyzing the IEEE 1588v2 timing packets and reporting on a number of packet metrics. The SyncWatch-110 unit also supports different modes of operation for testing that is adapted to service-provider applications. This feature enables users to leverage it for the entire network lifecycle, from turn-up to troubleshooting and monitoring, EXFO says.

In addition to the SyncWatch-110 testing unit, EXFO's FTB/IQS-8510B, FTB/IQS-8510G and FTB/IQS-8120NGE/8130NGE modules now support the capture and analysis of IEEE 1588v2 protocol for all Ethernet rates up to 10 Gbps.

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