Test & Measurement

Software enhancements added to analysis/emulator platform

7th April 2014
Mick Elliott

GL Communications has enhanced its OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 Analysis and Emulation Platform referred to as LightSpeed1000. The platform comes with software for overall monitoring, BERT, emulation, and protocol analysis with a price tag that compares favourably with similar test instruments at three times the price.

Jagdish Vadalia, Senior Manager for Product Development of the company said, “Voice, data, and video traffic is exploding as smartphones, IP TV, video streaming, and "cloud" based services takeoff.  Of course SONET and SDH continue to be used for conventional channelized traffic – carrying many TDM T1, E1, T3, and E3 pipes.”

The platform has an additional optical port for SONET/SDH/GigE (4 optical ports).

The hardware platforms (PCIe Card and USB Pod) are capable of OC-3/12 and STM-1/4 wire-speed processing on quad optical ports for functions such as wire-speed recording and wire-speed playback of ATM, PoS, RAW, and channelised traffic.

Normally, it is used for protocol analysis of ATM, PoS, Raw unchannelised and unframed data. The hardware can be easily configured / programmed for delaying of ATM Cells or PPP packets.

The card's multiple connectivity using PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), USB 2.0 and onboard DDR2 memory makes it suitable for many applications.

Multiple cards are possible in a PC for analysis of four or more directions simultaneously. USB 2.0 interface is used to connect with a Notebook PC for portability. GigE Ethernet ports for testing RAW, BER, RFC2544, RAW SONET/SDH, and Ethernet bridge applications. The hardware is firmware FPGA based making it easy to upgrade in the field for application versatility.

The card can capture, transmit and process at wirespeed to/from applications and hard disk on all interfaces. An API Toolkit allows users to develop specialized applications.

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