EXFO iOptics tests pluggable optical transceivers

EXFO Inc. (EXFO) (EXF.TO) has unveiled iOptics, a test application for its FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer and FTB-890/890NGE NetBlazer modules that enables validation of a wide range of optical transceivers for multiple data rates. The new feature is suitable for applications in both the field and in the lab, according to the company.

EXFO Inc. (EXFO) (EXF.TO) has unveiled iOptics, a test application for its FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer and FTB-890/890NGE NetBlazer modules that enables validation of a wide range of optical transceivers for multiple data rates. The new feature is suitable for applications in both the field and in the lab, according to the company.

Technicians can use iOptics for CFP and QSFP optical module qualification as well as to validate the performance of optical transceivers in the SFP, SFP+, XFP, CFP, CFP2, CFP4, QSFP+, and QSFP28 form factors. The lineup supports validation of optical interfaces from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps via a one-button pass/fail approach based either on pre-defined or autonomously discovered thresholds. Users can pinpoint any fault to its source within the optical device under test, EXFO says.

The feature can be used for automated stress testing for lab qualification as well as data center and data center interconnect (DCI) testing, EXFO points out.

"By addressing challenges related to pluggable optics, EXFO enables CSPs and NEMs to rapidly scale their networks and reduce time-to-service without compromising network stability and performance," said Claudio Mazzuca , vice-president of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "We realize that pluggable optics are key to cost-effective and reliable high-speed deployments moving forward, and we are committed to offering powerful yet simple test coverage to meet high-speed technology advances, market requirements and field-testing needs."

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