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10 Gigabit Ethernet test solution

19 September 2007 Test & Measurement

EXFO's FTB-8510G Packet Blazer is a system for testing 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interfaces in optical networks.

With the increasing deployments of 10 GigE interfaces in the network core, service providers can now rely on EXFO's market-proven Packet Blazer to ensure quality of service at such transmission rates. Test capabilities like packet-jitter, traffic generation and analysis, and RFC 2544 (a well-established testing methodology that includes throughput, latency and frame-loss measurements) are readily available to thoroughly test Ethernet-based, Internet Protocol networks.

As a result, service providers can rest assured that latency-sensitive applications, such as voice-over-IP and video-on-demand, will meet prescribed service level agreements.

Using a flexible configuration, the new FTB-8510G Packet Blazer can characterise local and/or wide area network physical interfaces with the same test module at all available wavelengths. All interfaces are field exchangeable and provide the versatility to test any standard 10 Gigabit Ethernet access point in a network.

The tester, as an interchangeable test module housed inside EXFO's FTB-400 Universal Test System, is suited to field, central office and carrier lab applications. This provides a test solution for Ethernet connectivity in its native format for LAN-to-LAN services delivered via ATM, frame relay, next-generation SONET/SDH, switched Ethernet, VLANs, dark fibre, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) or other means. The Packet Blazer also features EXFO's unique EtherBERT technology, which provides bit-error-rate testing of Ethernet interfaces. This test solution is mostly used for WDM testing to assess quality of transmission.

For more information contact Chris Nel, Lambda Test Equipment, +27 (0)12 349 1341.



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