EXFO Launches Comprehensive Test Module for Fibre Channel and Ethernet Service Turn-ups



    Expanding multi-service testing portfolio with integrated solution for
    performance assessment of Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks

    QUEBEC CITY, July 23 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the launch of the FTB-8525 and
FTB-8535 Packet Blazer modules, providing comprehensive testing capabilities
for Fibre Channel network deployments. The FTB-8525/8535 modules also support
an optional test suite for complete performance validation of Ethernet
services.
    Housed inside the well-established FTB-200 Compact Platform, these
multi-service modules offer fully integrated datacom testing in the industry's
smallest form factor, providing 1 Gbit/s, 2 Gbit/s, 4 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s
full-line-rate Fibre Channel traffic generation and analysis. Key performance
tests include bit-error rate (BER) testing, round-trip latency measurement and
buffer-to-buffer credit estimation. These modules also combine complete
Ethernet service performance validation through RFC2544 and BER testing, and
LAN/WAN Ethernet testing capabilities from 10 Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s. As with all
other Packet Blazer modules, the FTB-8525 and FTB-8535 modules are fully
compatible with the FTB-400 Universal Test System and can be combined with
other optical, transport or datacom modules for a solution tailored to unique
testing requirements. There is also an IQS-85X5 version, hosted inside the
IQS-500 or IQS-600 platform, to address the network equipment manufacturing
market.
    "Storage area networks (SANs) continue to expand over ever-increasing
distances, supporting mission-critical applications including data storage and
retrieval as well as data archiving for disaster recovery implementations,"
said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President Product Management and Marketing.
"Fibre Channel has proven to be a reliable technology for efficient data
transmission, while carrier Ethernet drives cost-efficiencies throughout the
network. But both technologies have stringent performance requirements that
must be tested at each network deployment phase to ensure appropriate service
levels. The FTB-8525/8535 Packet Blazer modules are yet another demonstration
of EXFO's continued dedication to equipping network operators worldwide with
the right combination of tools to simplify test and measurement processes that
are essential in today's multi-service environments."
    For more information about the FTB-8525/8535 Packet Blazer test modules,
please visit www.EXFO.com.

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and monitoring 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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