APRIL 15, 2008 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) has added Fibre Channel support to the recently introduced IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer multi-service test modules. In addition to offering SONET/SDH/OTN, next-generation SONET/SDH, and Ethernet testing capabilities up to 10/10.7 Gbits/sec, the IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE modules now offer optional support for 1X, 2X, 4X and 10X Fibre Channel rates.
This extended offering is designed to address the test requirements for multi-service products by system verification, R&D, and manufacturing groups, allowing them to easily perform automation along with test and troubleshooting routines on network equipment that supports different protocols on the same interface.
The versatility of the Power Blazer modules to support either single- or multi-application testing capabilities on a single module, combined with a unified architecture that can concurrently support physical layer testing modules along with transport and datacom testing modules, translates into a compelling return on investment by reducing capital expenses, EXFO asserts.
The Fibre Channel support is provided as a software option on the IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE modules, which enables network equipment manufacturers to add the functionality in line with their testing timeline. Network equipment manufacturers gain the flexibility to customize their test platform to their requirements using the least amount of hardware but without compromising on functionality, EXFO says.
"Multi-service products introduce additional testing challenges for system verification, R&D and manufacturing teams," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of product management and marketing. "These challenges go beyond technology and include logistical and operational concerns. EXFO addresses these challenges with the industry's most advanced multi-service test modules, which now support comprehensive Fibre Channel testing."
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