EXFO Launches Advanced IQS-600 Modular Test Platform for R&D and Manufacturing Applications

    Powerful, highly scalable test system hosts widest range of optical,
    transport and datacom test modules including DWDM, ROADM, and 40 Gbit/s

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:  EXFO) announced today the launch of the advanced IQS-600
Integrated Qualification System, a highly scalable modular test platform for
R&D and manufacturing applications.
    The IQS-600, the latest innovative solution within EXFO's holistic
platform strategy, delivers unprecedented performance and flexibility through
seamless integration of the widest range optical, transport and datacom test
modules under a common, PC-based software environment. It also offers complete
test automation capabilities to facilitate characterization of
next-generation, IP-based networks, subsystems, as well as active and passive
components at transmission rates reaching 40 Gbit/s.
    The IQS-600 platform's future-proof open architecture enables users to
run automation software and extensive protocol scripts without the assistance
of an external computer. As well, it can monitor or troubleshoot test
applications from a distance via remote access devices like Java, VNC, Remote
Desktop or Web browsers. A RAID option, performing real-time mirroring of data
on a second hard drive, rounds out the list of key features on this
next-generation platform.
    The IQS-600 platform is available in three models. The IQS-610P and
IQS-605P controller units feature a dual-core Intel TM processor, Ethernet
ports and optional remote GPIB control. The IQS-610P houses as many as 10 test
modules and is ideal for high-volume manufacturing applications, while the
IQS-605P comes equipped with a large LCD transflective screen and is designed
for R&D environments. The IQS-610E expansion unit, holding up to 10 additional
modules, can be rack-mounted to build a 100-module test system using a single
controller unit.
    "EXFO is highly committed to providing system vendors with advanced test
solutions for their R&D and manufacturing applications," said Germain Lamonde,
EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO. "The launch of this scalable modular test
platform, combined with the availability of a large family of optical and
next-generation IP-based test solutions, marks an important milestone towards
simplification, automation and efficiency in multi-layer testing environments
and the continuation of our global platform strategy."
    "The design and manufacturing of 40 Gbit/s and beyond optical networks
have placed an enormous burden on system vendors to thoroughly characterize
their systems," added Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Management and Marketing. "EXFO's best-of-breed IQS-600 platform renders these
complex testing tasks easy by delivering unmatched test automation, minimizing
manual intervention and ensuring accurate, repeatable results."
    For more information about the IQS-600 platform and related test modules,
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

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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