EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

February 20, 2008 09:03 ET

EXFO Combines Ethernet, SONET/SDH and OTN Testing in a Single Module

IQS-8120NGE/8130NGE Power Blazer delivers most versatile test solution as part of IQS modular platform for system verification, R&D and manufacturing applications

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO)(TSX:EXF) announced today the release of the IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer test modules, the market's most advanced, fully-integrated, SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet solution addressing all multi-service transport equipment testing needs in a single module.

The Power Blazer modules, housed inside the IQS-500 or newly launched IQS-600 Integrated Qualification System (modular test platform), deliver the industry's most versatile multi-service test solutions for system verification, R&D and manufacturing applications by performing test and troubleshooting routines on network equipment that supports different protocols on the same interface. The IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer, supporting testing rates up to 10.7 Gbit/s for OTN and 10 Gbit/s for both SONET/SDH and Ethernet (including 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN and WAN), is ideally suited for multi-service transport platform (MSTP) and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) network deployments and maintenance activities. The IQS-8120NGE Power Blazer, handling OTN rates up to 2.7 Gbit/s, SONET/SDH testing rates up to 2.5 Gbit/s and Ethernet testing rates up to 1 GigE, is purpose-built to test and troubleshoot multi-service aggregation switches.

The flexibility of the Power Blazer, with its SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet testing capabilities on a single module, translate into a compelling return on investment for customers by reducing capital expenses and inventory management costs. Furthermore, network equipment manufacturers can extract further value from their investment in the Power Blazer modules due to EXFO's unified IQS test platforms.

The IQS-500/600 modular test platforms are highly scalable (up to 100 test modules) systems that streamline testing for manufacturing, qualification, system verification and R&D through simultaneous support of transport and data communication modules (SONET/SDH, OTN, Ethernet, Fibre Channel) and optical testing modules (Polarization Mode Dispersion, Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Return Loss Meters, Variable Optical Attenuators, Wavelength Meters, etc.) in a single platform.

"The advent of MSTPs and ROADMs is changing the way our customers are looking at testing;" said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "System verification, R&D and manufacturing vendors must now test Ethernet, SONET/SDH and OTN interfaces simultaneously, generating the need for more all-encompassing characterization tools that can support multi-service testing in a compact format. EXFO continues to remain aligned with these rapidly evolving market needs by delivering the new IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer _ the most efficient and versatile multi-service Ethernet, SONET/SDH and OTN test solutions on the market."

For more information about the IQS-8120NGE/IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer modules or IQS-600, please visit www.EXFO.com.

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-600 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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