EXFO Introduces Industry's First 40G/43G SONET/SDH and OTN Testing Module to Address System Verification Test, R&D and Manufacturing Needs



    IQS-8140 Transport Blazer sets new standard with automated 40G/43G
    SONET/SDH/OTN analyzer for comprehensive, efficient troubleshooting and
    monitoring

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:  EXFO, announced today the introduction of the new IQS-8140
Transport Blazer - a SONET/SDH/OTN (optical transport network) test module for
high-speed performance validation and monitoring applications at 40/43 Gbit/s.
The IQS-8140 Transport Blazer automates next-generation SONET/SDH/OTN and
ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer) testing with a broad range
of SCPI (standard commands for programmable instrumentation) and intuitive
macro-recorder functionalities to address growing requirements of network
equipment vendors in system verification, manufacturing and troubleshooting of
network elements to meet industry standards.
    The IQS-8140 Transport Blazer test module includes an intuitive,
feature-rich user interface to streamline testing of OC-768, STM-256 and OTN
links (with ITU-T G.709 forward error correction (FEC)) without compromising
on functionality. The IQS-8140 is also compatible with NRZ, ODB, DSPK, and
DQPSK optical transmission protocols to address all transport testing needs
while ensuring future scalability.
    Network equipment manufacturers can extract the maximum value from their
investment in the IQS-8140 Transport Blazer by leveraging EXFO's IQS-600
modular and highly scalable PC-based Integrated Qualification System which
offers the widest range of optical test capabilities (Polarization Mode
Dispersion Analyzer, Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Variable Optical Attenuators,
Wavelength Meters, etc.) and transmission test modules (Ethernet with
VoIP/IPTV capabilities, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel), thus providing a truly
unified platform for physical and transmission testing. This future-proof test
platform and its wide range of modules are perfectly suited for test
automation applications requiring speed, flexibility and scalability.
    In addition, the IQS-8140 Transport Blazer module can be matched with the
recently introduced IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer to address DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH
(155M to 40G), OTN (2.7G to 43G) and Ethernet (10M to 10GigE LAN/WAN) testing
requirements in a single platform.
    "Leading network equipment manufacturers worldwide are aggressively
developing next-generation 40 Gbit/s SONET/SDH and 43 Gbit/s OTN core
transmission equipment to support the ever-increasing global demand for
IP-based services," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Management and Marketing. "EXFO's IQS-600/IQS-8140 Transport Blazer provides
system verification, R&D and manufacturing teams with carrier-grade testing
capabilities to easily, efficiently and reliably validate network elements in
a controlled, repeatable environment."
    For more information about the IQS-8140 Transport Blazer test module,
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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