EXFO expands Ethernet capabilities of Power Blazer modules

NOVEMBER 26, 2008 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has announced the addition of multi-stream test support on the FTB-8120NGE, FTB-8130NGE, IQS-8120NGE, and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer multi-service test modules.

NOVEMBER 26, 2008 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) has announced the addition of multi-stream test support on the FTB-8120NGE, FTB-8130NGE, IQS-8120NGE, and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer multi-service test modules.

The test modules offer multi-service test capabilities with DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH, OTN, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel support. The FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer modules are housed inside the FTB-200 Compact Platform and FTB-400 Universal Test System for field and central office testing requirements, while the IQS versions are hosted inside the IQS-500 and IQS-600 platforms for manufacturing floor and lab environments. According to this new announcement, the Power Blazer modules' Ethernet test suite has been further enhanced to help customers better respond to the reality of today's market.

Data services are significantly shifting toward supporting a variety of applications on the same network. This shift has fueled the need for quality of service (QoS) testing to ensure Ethernet-based services meet required customer service-level agreements (SLAs). By providing the ability to configure multiple streams, the FTB/IQS-8120NGE and FTB/IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer modules allow network operators to simulate and qualify different types of applications running over their networks. The frame analysis feature is designed to enable multi-stream Layer 2 through Layer 4 traffic generation, including analysis of packet-jitter (RFC 3393) and out-of-sequence metrics. These measurements will enable network operators to efficiently benchmark transport networks when it comes to transport Ethernet services, including triple-play offerings (voice, video, and data), EXFO says.

"Our customers are currently deploying more advanced IP services on their transport networks, including triple-play applications, to generate additional revenue streams," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of product management and marketing. "Testing these new applications, especially on existing transport networks, is always a challenge. We have risen to this challenge with our Power Blazer test modules, enabling network operators to offer new services with guaranteed quality of service to their customers."

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