EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

December 10, 2007 09:01 ET

EXFO Launches Revolutionary Single-Ended Dispersion Analyzer

Combines CD and PMD analysis inside a single module

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the launch of the FTB-5700 Single-Ended Dispersion Analyzer for metro networks.

EXFO's latest technological breakthrough, which combines chromatic dispersion (CD) and polarization mode dispersion (PMD) test capabilities inside a single module, can characterize optical links up to 120 kilometers from a single fiber end. Based on an innovative and patented approach, CD can now be characterized with high accuracy from a single fiber end and, for the first time ever, testing PMD from a single end is also possible.

Network service providers (NSPs) are increasingly grappling with the negative effects of physical phenomena such as CD and PMD when upgrading their optical networks to 10 Gbit/s, and it will become significantly worst when they move onto 40 Gbit/s SONET or 100 Gbit/s Ethernet deployments over time. Advanced CD and PMD tests must be performed to ensure the fiber can handle high transmission rates without compromising quality of service. These test requirements are especially becoming necessary in metro loops as higher rates are being turned up to meet heightened bandwidth demand. Against this backdrop, NSPs are seeking to reduce their operating expenses as much as possible, resulting in fewer new fiber deployments.

The FTB-5700 Single-Ended Dispersion Analyzer ideally completes EXFO's best-in-class dispersion portfolio, which includes the FTB-5800 CD Analyzer and the FTB-5500B PMD Analyzer. These two instruments offer the highest accuracy and dynamic range on the market, while the FTB-5700 is mainly designed for single spans involving 10 Gbit/s turn-ups.

Based on the FTB-5700 Single-Ended Dispersion Analyzer's proprietary technology, only one field technician and test instrument are necessary to characterize a short or mid-range link (less than 120 km) with sufficient accuracy for access and most metro deployments.

As a result, NSPs will derive significant savings in terms of capital (CAPEX) and operating (OPEX) expenses. They will also be able to leverage their installed base of FTB-200 and FTB-400 portable platforms which are both compatible with this new test module. As well, NSPs will benefit from EXFO's renowned one-touch button testing that simplifies and accelerates characterization, pass/fail results display for ease of interpretation, and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to minimize training requirements.

"EXFO has historically been a leader in dispersion measurement with our first PMD Analyzer launched in 1996, just in time to support the beginning of 10 Gbit/s deployments," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "Once again, we are proud to bring to market our latest innovation, the FTB-5700 Single-Ended Dispersion Analyzer, which accelerates and simplifies dispersion characterization of optical fiber for high-speed metro networks. Since dispersion characterization represents a major deployment pain for NSPs, our Dispersion Analyzer, combined with the FTB-200 or FTB-400 platform, provides them with peace of mind for quick network upgrades to higher transmission rates."

About EXFO

EXFO is a Tier-1 test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry, especially in the portable test market segment. The Telecom Division, which represents about 85% of the company's business, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network service providers, cable TV operators, telecom system vendors and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions with an estimated 25.5% market share and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its Windows-based modular AXS-200, FTB-200, FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of modular test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers, while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers value-added light-based solutions in high-precision medical device and opto-electronics assembly sectors, and advanced fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology solutions for the life sciences sector. For more information about EXFO's Telecom Division, visit www.EXFO.com, and for its Life Sciences and Industrial Division, visit www.EXFO-lifesciences.com.

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