EXFO debuts portable 100G Ethernet tester

MAY 29, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has launched the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer, which it asserts is the industry's first portable 100-Gbps and 40-Gbps Ethernet tester in a single module.

MAY 29, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search Lightwave for EXFO) has launched the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer, which it asserts is the industry's first portable 100-Gbps and 40-Gbps Ethernet tester in a single module. Built for applications demanding portability, ruggedness, and ease of use, the FTB-85100G is designed to enable multiple teams to efficiently execute lab, trial, and deployment testing using a single Ethernet tester, thus maximizing testing investment across the entire product lifecycle.

Housed in the recently introduced FTB-500 platform, the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer is engineered to be a rugged, portable 100-Gbps Ethernet test instrument offering Layer 1/2/3 traffic generation and analysis features to stress and validate network elements and network services against demanding corner cases. The FTB-85100G supports multiple transceiver interfaces (CFP, CXP, and QSFP) to provide flexibility to cover all possible equipment and network designs for high-speed transport alternatives. Users can also generate and analyze 100- and 40-Gbps line-rate Ethernet and IP packets, as well as perform EtherBERT tests, all via an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). The FTB-85100G can execute multilayer testing to rapidly validate physical-layer characteristics and accurately benchmark Ethernet/IP performance of equipment and high-speed packet transport networks, EXFO asserts.

"Transport capacity constraints must be addressed quickly, but expansion must still be cost-efficient. To establish performance expectations, sound and comprehensive testing strategies are critical at every stage of the product lifecycle -- especially with emerging technologies," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of product management and marketing.

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