EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

January 30, 2007 10:05 ET

EXFO Moves up the Stack with Enhanced Ethernet Test Module

New Ethernet module provides advanced higher-layer test functionality and service validation

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the release of a new Ethernet test module, the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer, for advanced Ethernet and higher-layer test applications.

Building on the strong technical base of its predecessor, the FTB-8510, this new module enhances EXFO's Ethernet testing capabilities and provides support for the growing demand in higher-layer protocol testing and service validation. Among its many enhancements, the FTB-8510B delivers wire-speed transmission control protocol (TCP) throughput measurements, adding key test metrics for carrier-grade Ethernet network performance validation. This new feature allows customers to further qualify their service-level agreements (SLAs) by providing performance indicators relevant to the transmission of application data over a reliable TCP connection.

The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer now supports standardized 100 Mbit/s optical Ethernet connections, while continuing to offer the full range of electrical 10/100/1000 Mbit/s and 1000 Mbit/s optical/physical interfaces ? all within the same test module. With 100 Mbit/s optical interfaces at the heart of active Ethernet broadband access deployments worldwide, the FTB-8510B is the ideal product to address active Ethernet link performance validation.

"EXFO's innovative TCP throughput measurement feature on the new FTB-8510B Packet Blazer represents an industry first in the portable test equipment market," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Protocol and Optical Product Management. "It provides our customers with unmatched capabilities to validate the application performance of their networks. Once again, EXFO has demonstrated its full commitment to the rapidly evolving Ethernet market by adding key features to its technology- leading Packet Blazer test family."

The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer is available on the FTB-200 Compact Platform and the FTB-400 Universal Test System for field-testing and central office applications. Its counterpart, the IQS-8510B can be hosted inside the IQS-500 Intelligent Test System for manufacturing and R&D test applications.

For more information about the FTB-8510B and IQS-8510B Packet Blazer Ethernet test modules, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry through the design and manufacture of advanced and innovative solutions as well as best-in-class customer support. The Telecom Division, which represents the company's main business activity, offers fully integrated and complete test solutions 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 and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments over converged, IP networks. EXFO's PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200; FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers, while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division, which leverages several core telecom technologies, offers value-added solutions in the life sciences and high-precision assembly sectors based on advanced spot-curing, fluorescence microscopy and nanopositioning solutions.

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