EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

January 31, 2006 09:20 ET

EXFO Releases New Software Suite for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Testing

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2006) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF.SV)(NASDAQ:EXFO)

New functionalities deliver enhanced LAN/WAN Ethernet performance assurance test capabilities to ensure integrity of delay-sensitive VoIP and Video-over-IP applications

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced today the availability of a new software suite for its FTB-8510G Packet Blazer™ 10 Gigabit Ethernet test module that significantly enhances performance assurance and quality of service (QoS) testing in local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) applications.

As 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) is increasingly becoming commonplace in core networks, customers must thoroughly test their converged IP-based systems to ensure conformance to service-level agreements (SLAs), since delay-sensitive applications like voice- and video-over-IP are increasingly being introduced. 10 GigE is now being regarded as a means to aggregate bandwidth over an xWDM platform in order to leverage the optical link already installed at a fraction of the cost of OC-192/STM-64 (10 Gig SONET/SDH) technology. Having the capability to test 10 GigE and 10 Gig SONET/SDH within the same platform decreases cost of ownership while adding more flexibility.

The additional features in this new software suite elevate the FTB-8510G Packet Blazer to new heights in terms of functionality and ease-of-use. New features such as multi-stream generation and analysis, expert mode and service-disruption measurements, combined with existing capabilities like LAN and WAN PHY interfaces on the same module, RFC 2544 testing (a well-known Ethernet-based test methodology that includes such parameters as frame losses, throughput and latency), packet jitter measurement and bit-error-rate (BER) testing, provide a complete test solution that enables customers to thoroughly test Ethernet performance assurance on 10 GigE links.

All of these features are available on the FTB-8510G Packet Blazer 10 GigE test module. The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer, an interchangeable test module housed inside EXFO's world-class and widely deployed FTB-400 Universal Test System, is ideally suited for field and central office applications.

"The addition of key features, such as multi-stream, expert mode and service-disruption tests, as well as RFC 2544 and BER testing, positions EXFO's Packet Blazer 10 GigE analyzer as the unequivocal reference in the performance assessment of Ethernet transport networks," said Benoit Fleury, EXFO's Vice-President of Protocol-Layer Product Management. "This major enhancement, combined with our existing Ethernet and Fibre Channel test modules as well as our recently introduced four-slot receptacle, provides a compact data communication test solution for our well-established FTB-400 platform. By integrating optical, telecom and datacom modules within the same platform, users now have a value-added test system that can be scaled to their particular needs."

About the Packet Blazer

EXFO's FTB-8510G Packet Blazer offers performance assurance for Ethernet-based frame services. Its suite of test applications provides all the measurements required for validating service-level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and their customers. Housed in the FTB-400 portable test platform, the FTB-8510G module tests connectivity in its native format: 10GBASE-xR or 10GBASE-xW used for transport of Ethernet-based LAN-to-LAN services. It can also be used to test next-generation SONET/SDH, hybrid multiplexers, dark fiber or xWDM networks running 10 GigE interfaces. EXFO's Packet Blazer series of modules simplifies and accelerates the development and deployment of Ethernet-based technology.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which represents the company's main business activity, 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 and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its PC/Windows-based modular 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, 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. For more information about EXFO, visit www.EXFO.com.

Contact Information

  • EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
    Vance Oliver
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733