EXFO Launches Comprehensive Layer 1/2/3, CFP-Based 100 Gbit/s Ethernet Compliance Tester



    Highlights EXFO's commitment to innovative testing solutions that drive
    rapid prototyping, productization and commercialization of 100 Gbit/s and
    40 Gbit/s Ethernet equipment

    QUEBEC CITY, May 14 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the launch of the IQS-85100G Packet
Blazer, a comprehensive CFP-based 100 Gbit/s Ethernet test module that
accelerates and simplifies the development and commercialization of 100 Gbit/s
and 40 Gbit/s Ethernet equipment. The IQS-85100G empowers transmission
equipment and transponder testing teams to efficiently execute multilayer
testing to rapidly validate physical-layer characteristics and accurately
benchmark Ethernet/IP performance of their products.
    With many metro and core transport networks worldwide quickly reaching
capacity, carriers are actively seeking strategies to efficiently and
cost-effectively scale the transmission of IP packets. 100 Gbit/s and 40
Gbit/s Ethernet technologies-based on the IEEE 802.3ba draft
specifications-are specifically intended to facilitate this transition. The
most significant concept introduced in this draft standard is the use of
parallel optics, which deeply influence the layer 1 implementation, and
consequently augments the need for a comprehensive, flexible testing solution
that supports all popular CFP-based client interface configurations.
    Housed in the IQS-600 Integrated Qualification System platform and
developed on a versatile FPGA architecture, the IQS-85100G Packet Blazer is a
CFP-based solution offering powerful layer 1/2/3 traffic generation and
analysis features to stress and validate network elements and transceivers
against demanding corner cases. At layer 1, the IQS-85100G can thoroughly test
the physical coding sublayer (PCS) and perform bit-error-rate testing on
optical or electrical interfaces. At layers 2 and 3, users can generate and
analyze 100 Gbit/s line rate Ethernet and IP packets, as well as perform
comprehensive EtherBERT(TM) tests, all via an intuitive graphical user
interface (GUI). With its complete range of test features, the IQS-85100G
provides network equipment manufacturers with all the critical elements needed
to rapidly productize and commercialize 100 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s prototypes
with confidence.
    To accelerate the adoption of commercially viable 100 Gbit/s Ethernet
equipment, EXFO collaborated with Santur Corporation, the first company to
ship a CFP-based 100 Gbit/s transceiver with a reach that extends over 10 km.
As such, the IQS-85100 is the first 100 Gbit/s Ethernet test solution that can
be ordered with Santur's cost-effective CFP transceiver. As transceiver
technology becomes available, EXFO will also support additional CFP
manufacturers and additional transceiver technologies such as CXPs and QSFP.
    "Carriers worldwide have a real and immediate need for larger bandwidth
capacity, pressuring equipment manufacturers to bring 100 Gbit/s solutions to
market quickly," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Management and Marketing. "EXFO has applied decades of testing experience and
leadership to offer unrivalled turnkey layer 1/2/3 100 Gbit/s testing,
allowing our customers to immediately and confidently move their projects from
prototype to commercialization, while protecting their long-term testing
investment, regardless of changes in industry standards. The launch of our
flagship IQS-85100G Packet Blazer once again highlights our staunch focus on
technology innovation to address emerging but critical market needs."
    For further information on the IQS-85100G Packet Blazer, please visit
www.EXFO.com.

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for
network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global
telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of
innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle - from
design to technology deployment and onto service assurance - and covering all
layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and
next-generation, converged IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial
Division offers solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly,
fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. For more information,
visit www.EXFO.com.




For further information:

For further information: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations,
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@exfo.com

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