EXFO and Opnext successfully test IEEE-compliant 100GbE optics

JANUARY 11, 2010 -- Successful interoperability trials mean vendors can test CFP MSA-based 100GbE transceivers while network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) can move more quickly with their system testing, say the trial participants.

JANUARY 11, 2010 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. and Opnext, Inc. have successfully completed their joint interoperability trials for testing IEEE-compliant 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) optics.

Using the EXFO FTB-85100G Packet Blazer (40G/100G) and the Opnext 100GBase-LR4 CFP multisource agreement (MSA)-compliant optical module, the trials included generating 100GbE IP traffic at 100% wire speed with pseudo-random bit sequence (PRBS) patterns as well as monitoring error-free transmission with full Ethernet statistics.

The results bring together two different technologies that the companies believe are key in enabling rapid development and deployment of next-generation carrier and data-center 100G networks. The FTB-85100G's signal conditioning feature includes pre-emphasis and receiver-equalization control testing capabilities to provide Opnext and other transceiver manufacturers with a way to optimize the interface between the host ICs on the tester and gearboxes inside the CFP in order to get best interoperability of the interface.

"Opnext is excited to collaborate with EXFO to provide a complete 100G design and test solution for our mutual customers," says Tadayuki Kanno, president of Opnext's module and device business units. "Opnext's 100G CFP optical module continues to gain momentum as the first-generation 100G transceiver, allowing NEMs, carriers and data-center owners to seamlessly establish 100G connectivity."

"One of EXFO's major strengths is always being at the forefront of new technologies, and we maintain this leadership by playing an active role right from the beginning--during early development," comments Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice president of product management and marketing. "In this case, we were the first test and measurement manufacturer to release a portable 100G tester and the first and only one to support the signal conditioning testing capability. This allowed us to work closely with Opnext at this critical stage of their 100G CFP product development by providing a robust product that meets both R&D and manufacturing test requirements."

In addition to the signal conditioning feature, Packet Blazer offers a range of advanced 802.3ba compliance test functions to support 40G/100G and OTU3/OTU4 OTN testing applications.

This is the second 100GbE interoperability trial Opnext has conducted with a test equipment vendor. Opnext announced results of a trial with JDSU last month.

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