Digital Lightwave adds Fibre Channel capability to NIC testing platform

MAY 7, 2007 -- Digital Lightwave Inc. has announced the addition of Fibre Channel testing to its Network Information Computers (NIC) platform.

MAY 7, 2007 -- Digital Lightwave Inc. (search for Digital Lightwave) has announced the addition of Fibre Channel testing to its Network Information Computers (NIC) platform. The capability will be available as a license-based "test option" for the NIC's High-Density (HD) Ethernet module, which the company asserts already boasts industry-leading port density and ease of use. The product is designed to meet the needs of network operators who deploy and maintain transport and data services in enterprise, metro, and long-haul applications.

The Fibre Channel test option, scheduled for release in Q3 2007, extends the NIC's Ethernet offering into the Fibre Channel arena. With the multi-port HD Ethernet module, the user can test Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports simultaneously. For thorough turn up and troubleshooting, all aspects of node log-in, fabric log-in, buffer-to-buffer flow control, and frame size, header, and rates are user configurable. Extensive non-intrusive performance monitoring provides insight into in-service Fibre Channels.

"Since its release, our HD Ethernet module has been a market leader," said Tom Newhart, North American sales director for Digital Lightwave. "With the addition of Fibre Channel, we highlight the flexibility of the NIC platform, demonstrating how the NIC evolves to meet the changing needs of our customers. Combined with the unmatched capability of our NGMR module, the NIC is clearly the choice for all-in-one test solutions."

The NIC HD Ethernet module supports simultaneous testing of multiple ports including 10/100/1000Base-T (eight ports), Gigabit Ethernet (four ports), and 10-Gigabit Ethernet. With the addition of Fibre Channel, the NIC Ethernet module further establishes the NIC's position as an industry leader for flexibility and functionality, Digital Lightwave says. The HD Ethernet module, with all the above ports, is available in the NIC chassis for an easily portable Ethernet and Fibre Channel test option. Also in the small chassis, the customer can add the NIC NextGen Multi-Rate (NGMR) module and gain SONET/SDH/OTN/NextGen capabilities. In the larger NIC Plus Chassis and the NIC EP rackmount, multiple modules can be equipped for independent and simultaneous testing of multiple ports plus PDH/T-Carrier and jitter/wander.

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