JDSU reveals 100-Gigabit Ethernet test suite

AUGUST 19, 2009 -- The test equipment supplier says backward compatibility and future-ready design enable immediate, seamless network integration of its latest testers.

AUGUST 19, 2009 -- JDSU (search Lightwave for JDSU) has introduced a set of 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) test instruments that it claims will help 100GbE component developers, network equipment designers, and service providers "unlock the performance and revenue potential" of 100GbE technology. The JDSU suite evaluates and verifies components, subassemblies, and network equipment. It also helps service providers ensure reliable performance on new network builds.

According to the research firm IDC (search Lightwave for IDC), 100G technologies are poised to come to market faster than 40G. Demand for 100G is accelerated by access technologies and services converging increasingly onto the same networks. This is driving greater capacity and bandwidth requirements and also introducing greater complexity. As the number of services and applications sharing high-speed networks increases, IDC believes full testing and compliance takes on greater importance.

"The current shift towards 100-Gigabit Ethernet represents a major discontinuity in network infrastructures that creates a greater importance on the value of testing to ensure quality. At the same time, testing challenges are expanded by the growing service provider focus on customer experience," says Elisabeth Rainge, IDC's director of NGN operations. "We see JDSU well positioned to meet this challenge in the earliest stages of deployment and beyond."

JDSU's new offerings support 100GbE physical layer test including photonic and electrical signal testing as well as protocol testing for Layers 1, 2, and 3. The full test suite includes:

  • the JDSU ONT 100G module for testing optical and electrical interfaces from the physical layer to Ethernet/IP, protocol testing, PCS layer validation, and transponder testing
  • the JDSU Hydra for stressed receiver sensitivity on 100GbE systems, including stress generation and stress sensitivity measurement
  • the JDSU MAP-200 for multiplexing/demultiplexing, signal conditioning, and signal access of 100GbE optical signals

The 100GbE testers provide a range of interface options: transponders that are compliant with the CFP multisource agreement (MSA) to cover a wide range of systems with line rates of 40, 100, and 112 Gbps, supporting both 4x25 Gbps and 10x10 Gbps, as well as an electrical interface for direct measurement in electronics. The MDIO control interface of the CFP transponder offers remote supervision via an external connector. OTU4 capabilities are offered.

The range of testers covers key requirements for the early stages of 100GbE, including transponder testing/validation, network equipment development, and system verification testing (SVT). Advanced applications support developers with debugging and verifying complex 100GbE multilane, multilambda products.

"100-Gigabit Ethernet will further enable manufacturers and service providers to meet the challenge of keeping pace with ever-increasing capacity requirements. It will deliver improved network flexibility and responsiveness to high-bandwidth service demand," says Dave Holly, president of JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Our 100GbE solutions will help network equipment manufacturers and service providers bring reliable products and services to market quickly--and seize initial opportunities to gain market footholds."

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