100G testers support CFP and CFP2 interfaces

9th December 2013
Source: EXFO
Posted By : Mick Elliott

EXFO is extending its FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer and FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer offerings to cover 100G testing capabilities, including 100G Ethernet (as per IEEE 802.3ba) and OTN (as per ITU-T G.709) on second-generation CFP2 high-speed optics, making EXFO's 100G transport solution the only one on the market supporting both CFP and CFP2 interfaces on the same hardware.

CFP2 capabilities are available on existing 88100NGE Power Blazer and 85100G Packet Blazer modules through EXFO's new patent pending CFP-to-CFP2 adapter, requiring no additional high-speed modules and thus maximizing customers' return on investment (ROI). This CFP-to-CFP2 adapter comes with great flexibility, supporting the industry's two implementations of 100G transceivers: 4 × 25G and 10 × 10G.

In today's competitive market, service providers strive to meet bandwidth needs by increasing the speed of their networks. Taking this into consideration, network element manufacturers (NEMs) have shifted their 100G development to leverage the second-generation high-speed transceivers known as CFP2s. The new CFP2 transceivers bring significant advantages, including a fifty percent smaller form factor and more than fifty percent savings on power consumption compared to conventional CFPs. These transceivers allow higher port density on high-speed transmissions, switching and routing systems, and address future 100G mass deployments.

By anticipating this new market trend and technology shift, EXFO is offering its leading customers the flexibility to operate their existing FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer and FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer with either CPFs or CFP2s. With this patent-pending solution, customers can have full testing capabilities on their lab and field units using either CFP or CFP2 transceivers at just a fraction of the cost of upgrading their full fleet of test units to dedicated CFP2-based modules. The new offering eliminates the need for multiple test modules.

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