Data-Tester offers ProtocolBox for 10G BER, PRBS, and SONET/SDH testing

Emerging Montreal-based test equipment company Data-Tester has launched its first product, the ProtocolBox. The transparency testing instrument is a low-cost, compact unit aimed at small and medium-sized companies that require transport testing for R&D, verification, and subcontract purposes.

Emerging Montreal-based test equipment company Data-Tester has launched its first product, the ProtocolBox. The transparency testing instrument is a low-cost, compact unit aimed at small and medium-sized companies that require transport testing for R&D, verification, and subcontract purposes.

The ProtocolBox is engineered to provide flexible transport testing, including BER, PRBS, and SONET/SDH, OTN, and Fibre Channel testing at rates up to 11.3 Gbps. The 5-inch square box includes five optical ports for traffic generation and monitoring, including Web-based browser management.

“We started the design process with three goals in mind,” says Jean-Lou Dupont, founder and president of Data-Tester. “Dramatically lower the cost of testing equipment, simplify the operating procedure, and ensure quick and direct purchasing processes.

“Our goal is to provide an affordable and user-friendly alternative to expensive, full-featured test equipment,” Dupont continues. “Most users only use a small subset – about 20% of the features for generating and monitoring traffic integrity. The ProtocolBox targets these users.”

Data-Tester describes the ProtocolBox as an alternative to such fiber-optic testing instruments as the Agilent/HP OmniBER and Digital Lightwave NIC NXG. The ProtocolBox is scheduled for availability by mid-May, but interested parties may be able to secure a pre-release by contacting Data-Tester directly.

Data-Tester plans to unveil additional products toward the end of the year.

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