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Multiservice Test Module — IQS-88100NGE/88100G Power Blazer


Turnkey central-office test solution for installing, validating and troubleshooting networks up to 100G.

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Key Features

  • 10M-to-100G multiservice central-office test solution addressing testing and performance assessment requirements of 40G/100G systems
  • Comprehensive and fully integrated test solutions covering OTN, Ethernet and SONET/SDH technologies
  • Cost-effective, scalable and future-proof module with 10M-to-100G flexible offering, as well as CFP and CFP2 transceiver coverage—no hardware upgrade, no return to factory required
  • Unprecedented testing simplicity requiring minimum training for new users and maintaining a consistent experience from the lab to the field
  • OTN, SONET/SDH and Ethernet bit-error-rate testing (BERT) with real-time pass/fail status, quick action buttons, clear results and assorted notifications
  • 100% line-rate testing of IP traffic at up to 100G and faster Ethernet service activation with EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) service configuration and performance tests, complemented by Remote Discovery, Smart Loopback and Dual Test Set capabilities
  • Housed in the IQS-600 platform (both the IQS-605P-HS and IQS-610P-HS models)


Powerful Next-Generation Testing

Rising to the multiservice testing challenges of today and offering the scalability to cover the unforeseeable future, EXFO's IQS-88100NGE (10M to 100G) and IQS-88100G (40G/100G) Power Blazer test modules have been designed to specifically address high-speed testing needs. The IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer supports all possible rates up to 100G, as well as a wide range of technologies, including legacy TDM and new packet-based services. This EXFO innovation sets a new benchmark: 10M-to-100G Ethernet, OTU1 to OTU4 (including standard and overclocked rates), OC-3/STM-1 to OC-768/STM-256—all in one small, powerful module. The IQS-88100G is designed to address 40G/100G dedicated testing needs, including OC-768/STM-256, 40G/100G Ethernet, and OTU3-/OTU4-based networks. Housed in EXFO’s IQS-600 platforms, the IQS-88100NGE eliminates the need for multiple test boxes, delivering multiservice testing up to 100G in a single, advanced solution designed for lab and production-floor environments. On the other side, the IQS-88100G module can be combined with EXFO's 10G multiservice module for simultaneous multiport testing, when needed.

400G Test Solution

As carriers face ever-increasing needs for bandwidth and capacity in their networks due to the demands of high-speed triple-play services, data centers and higher-bandwidth residential broadband connections, system manufacturers are focusing their efforts on developing 400G to meet the growing need for speed. For many, 400 Gbit/s is a vital stepping stone to reaching the ultimate 1 Tbit/s objective. EXFO's new TKS-610-88100G-400G test solution supports four IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules in the IQS-610P platform, and offers the flexibility to configure the four 100 Gbit/s client interfaces simultaneously with full traffic profiling, shaping and monitoring capabilities. This enables NEMs and early adopters of 400 Gbit/s technology to simulate real-life services at 400 Gbit/s link capacity and monitor key QoS metrics to validate systems manufacturers' implementations. Furthermore, it offers centralized test configurations and result views, in addition to powerful automation capabilities that enable NEMs to repeat test routines throughout the development cycle for increased time savings and utmost quality.

A Game Changer for High-Speed Service Deployment

The IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules introduce new OPEX- and CAPEX-saving factors. With EXFO's flexible platform architecture, users can enable any testing capability from 10M to 100G—anywhere, anytime with simple point-and-click functionality to enable software options. This flexibility guarantees a cost-effective, future-proof offering and ensures immediate access to testing capabilities and faster service provisioning, while avoiding unnecessary shipping costs related to returned test equipment.

Powerful, Yet Simple

Regardless of the fact that high-speed technologies and next-generation networks are becoming more and more complex, the IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules address all lab-testing needs up to 100 Gbit/s without sacrificing simplicity. Thanks to EXFO’s highly intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), streamlined procedures and predefined configurations, the modules require minimal to no training for new users.

In addition, the IQS-600 platform allows you to customize your testing solution. Combine the IQS-88100NGE and the IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules with any EXFO optical, transport or datacom modules, and run them simultaneously to speed up testing.

Simplified BER Testing

With the IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer, you can preconfigure OTN (from OTU1 to OTU4, including standard and overclocked rates), Ethernet (from 10M to 100G), and SONET/SDH (from OC-3/STM-1 to OC-768/STM-256) bit-error-rate (BER) test parameters prior to arrival at the test site, and then load them from the Favorites menu with one click. The same flexibility is available on the IQS-88100G for supported 40G/100G rates, allowing for simple BER testing with no risk of misconfiguration from one test sequence to another. 

Furthermore, the preconfigured “Favorites” can be copied from one platform to another. Once the BER test has started, the IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G provide clear results, assorted notifications and real-time pass/fail status via text or icons. Clicking on the pass/fail indicator maximizes this important status to full screen, providing instant, easily understood notification, whether a given unit is in your hand or across the room.

Ethernet Performance Assessment

The IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G offer an automated RFC 2544 test suite for all supported Ethernet interfaces on both modules at all frame sizes and at full line rate, delivering repeatable test results and error-free circuit certification at 100% utilization. 

RFC 2544 is complemented by five Smart Loopback modes. So, whether you are looking to pinpoint loopback traffic from a UDP or TCP layer, or all the way down to a completely promiscuous mode (Transparent Loopback), the IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G can adjust to all loopback situations where the remote unit will return traffic to the local unit by swapping packet overhead up to layer 4 of the OSI stack. The Ethernet performance assessment capabilities of the IQS-88100NGE and IQS-88100G also include test reports with detailed throughput, frame loss, back-to-back and latency measurements, and clear histograms for future reference regarding specific service-level agreements SLAs.

EtherSAM: ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet Service Activation

With more and more Ethernet services being activated today, the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard addresses the growing demand for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. Supported on the IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer module for 10M-to-10G Ethernet client services, this new methodology brings numerous advantages, including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and QoS measurements, as well as faster time-to-service. EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services. It can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services.

Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in better troubleshooting, more accurate validation and much faster deployment. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases: the service configuration test and the service performance test.

Service Configuration Test

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