JDSU adds AMCC's EFEC to TestPoint device

JANUARY 28, 2009 -- JDSU has announced a new option for its existing TestPoint 10-Gbps product line for Enhanced Forward Error Correction I.4 (EFEC I.4), which it claims is the test industry's first offering of ITU-T-recommended AMCC EFEC.

JANUARY 28, 2009 -- JDSU (search for JDSU) today announced a new option for the TestPoint 10-Gbps product line for Enhanced Forward Error Correction I.4 (EFEC I.4), which it claims is the test industry's first offering of ITU-T-recommended Applied Micro Circuits Corporation's (search for AMCC) EFEC. AMCC's EFEC forward error correction code is designed into systems for Metro Ethernet and Carrier-Grade Ethernet applications as well as long-haul WDM and Metro WDM transport Networks.

AMCC's EFEC, already deployed in many of the world's largest optical networks, is important because it is a turnkey, standards-compliant technology that enables low-cost Carrier Ethernet services over metro, core, and OTN Networks, say AMCC representatives. For example, using AMCC's EFEC, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet data stream can be encapsulated into an OTU2 frame and transported over the optical network, providing a distinct cost, power, and space advantage in Ethernet-to-OTN convergence.

"Challenges associated with the deployment of Carrier-Grade Ethernet and 10 GigE faced by equipment manufacturers and carriers require a dependable test solution," explains Bill Mortimer, vice president and general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "With AMCC's EFEC I.4, the TestPoint 10 Gbps does that and more, helping users meet the complex challenge of directly connecting Ethernet to OTNs."

"Equipment manufacturers and network operators have the need to test network operation for AMCC's EFEC I.4 code," adds Subhash Roy, CTO of the AMCC Transport Product Group. "We are pleased to work with JDSU, the recognized leader in Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet Transport test solutions, to bring this test capability to market. AMCC's commitment to the EFEC I.4 code will continue as we bring more products to market to allow the transition to the Optical Transport Network," he confirms.

Using the TestPoint 10-Gbps EFEC I.4 option, users can easily switch between ITU G.709 FEC (GFEC) and ITU G.975.1 EFEC I.4 with the click of a mouse and are able to inject and monitor FEC errors, report JDSU representatives. The TestPoint EFEC I.4 licensed option for the 10-Gbps module is available, in addition to a 10G G.709 Digital Wrapper/FEC option, which includes GFEC test capability. Users can select between adding GFEC and/or EFEC I.4 to the supported rates and protocols on the 10-Gbps module.

As networks evolve to integrate multiple transport technologies such as Ethernet, Fibre Channel, OTN, and SONET/SDH, network equipment manufacturers and service providers require integrated test devices. JDSU says its TestPoint 10 Gbps provides such integration for research and development (R&D), service verification testing (SVT), and production environments. The TestPoint 10-Gbps device specifically addresses test requirements for 10-Gigabit Ethernet LAN/WAN, 8G and 10G Fibre Channel, OC-192/STM-64 BERT, and OTN rates, including OTU2 and overclocked rates. The 10 Gbps is available as a hot-swappable module in the TS-30/TS-170 chassis. It is also available as a configuration in the company's TS-10 chassis.

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