June 24, 2010 07:00 ET

Ixia Helps FreeBit Test Conformance of ServersMan® IP Stack Architecture

Shortens Development Time and Reduces Cost for Product Rollout

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that FreeBit used IxANVL for conformance testing of its latest version of the ServersMan® product. IxANVL was able to not only speed up time-to-market for the new product, but reduce expenses and catch bugs before the product was in the field.

In February 2009, FreeBit began offering a free software application -- ServersMan® -- that uses Internet connected devices as a server. ServersMan® is the world's first free software application that vertically integrates web services, digital equipment, and household appliances. FreeBit's Emotion Link product, central to ServersMan® architecture, builds a secure node-to-node virtual network on the existing TCP/IP network by passing over NAT and firewalls. A browser can remotely access applications and/or devices that are connected to the Emotion Link connection, and deliver data to and from the appliance in question.

FreeBit needed to test the TCP/IP network functions of these two applications to ensure that their implementation was in conformance with set standards, and could seamlessly interoperate with other TCP/IP devices and networks. FreeBit chose Ixia's IxANVL as their conformance tool to verify the operational compatibility of Emotion Link's core protocol (TCP/IP, UDP, IPv6 stack).

"IxANVL helped us successfully shorten the development period by about a year, which resulted in reducing costs to under 10 million Yen," said Mr. Seiji Tsuboi, Chinese Business Management Group (Group Strategic Planning Office). "Using IxANVL significantly decreased post-release bugs, and improved both product quality and customer satisfaction."

Ixia's IxANVL is the industry standard for testing conformance of networks and devices to validate Internet protocol specifications. Developers and manufacturers of networking equipment and Internet devices rely on IxANVL to automatically validate protocol compliance and interoperability. Many customers have chosen IxANVL for its ease-of-use, enhanced GUI, and flexible test automation capabilities. In addition, IxANVL offers a veritable universe of protocol libraries and utilities.

IxANVL complies exactly with the known protocol standards of networking technologies and protocols. IxANVL was able to validate the conformance of FreeBit's Emotion Link protocol stack. When a problem was detected, IxANVL pinpointed it exactly in reference to the relevant standard. IxANVL also classifies testing of the standards definitions into three categories -- MUST/SHOULD/MAY -- allowing the developers to easily determine whether or not the test is necessary based on internal communications. FreeBit was also pleased with the graphically-based, point-and-click interface.

"Helping FreeBit successfully bring to market a new unique networking product faster and with less expense demonstrates the value and use of conformance testing," said Abhijit Lahiri, Director of Protocol Conformance at Ixia. "IxANVL is the perfect tool for any company needing to validate networking interoperability and conformance."

For more information on IxANVL, see Ixia's Conformance Solution page as well as the IxANVL Product page.

About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

About FreeBit
FreeBit is an Internet technology company. FreeBit provides its unique technologies to many consumer electronics companies, including Sony, and to as much as 80% of Japan's ISPs. Nobuyuki Idei, the former chairman of Sony Corp., is a director of the company, and Sony is the third largest shareholder of FreeBit as well as they have been longtime partners, utilizing FreeBit's original technologies.

Ixia and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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