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, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - 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.




For further information:

For further information: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, EXFO
Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733,
vance.oliver@exfo.com; www.EXFO.com

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