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40G/100G Multiservice Test Module — IQS-85100G Packet Blazer


EXFO’s 40G/100G integrated multiservice testing solution for Carrier labs and the NEM market.

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Key Features

  • 40G/100G Ethernet fully compliant with IEEE 802.3ba standard and OTU3/OTU4 as per ITU-T G.709 and OC-768/STM-256 testing capabilities — all in a single module
  • OTU3/OTU4 and OTU3e1/e2 with forward error correction (FEC) and optical transport layer (OTL) testing capabilities as software options
  • 40G/100G Ethernet mapping over OTN and OTU3/OTU4 single and multistage multiplexing capabilities for transponder and muxponder testing
  • 40G/100G IP traffic at 100% transmission with full Ethernet statistics, clear pass/fail verdicts, packet capture and advanced traffic filtering capabilities
  • Faster Ethernet service activation with EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) service configuration and performance tests, as well as RFC 2544 test suites complemented by remote discovery, Smart Loopback and dual-test-set capabilities
  • 40G/100G Ethernet traffic generation and monitoring with up to 16 fully configurable streams to simulate a multiservice offering and complete QoS results to fully qualify SLA parameters
  • Fully integrated testing capabilities for assessing CFP MSA optical modules and physical-layer performance: PCS into CAUI/XLAUI, logical into physical mappings, skew testing, advanced signal conditioning and full MDIO access
  • Single instrument for Carrier lab qualifications and NEM applications with 40G/100G multiservice offering, remote management, predefined user configurations and complete automation capabilities


  • Powerful CFP-based layer 1/2/3 Ethernet traffic generation and analysis to stress and validate network infrastructure elements against demanding corner cases
  • 100GBASE-LR4/ER4 and 40GBASE-LR4 optical parameter validation (in conjunction with other EXFO products)
  • Rapid validation of IEEE 802.3ba physical-layer performance metrics using industry-leading PCS testing capabilities (PCS lanes, markers, skews and underlying CAUI and XLAUI testing)
  • Thorough certification of 100 Gbit/s Ethernet and 40 Gbit/s Ethernet CFP, CXP and QSFP transceiver characteristics and performance

40G and 100G Ethernet—A Rapidly Emerging Market

The ongoing growth of enterprise, residential and mobile multimedia services (such as peer-to-peer, IPTV and video-over-Internet) is producing unprecedented levels of traffic, stressing the bandwidth capabilities of metro and core transport networks. Consequently, carriers worldwide are actively seeking strategies to efficiently and cost-effectively scale IP packet transmission. Specifically intended to facilitate this transition, 40G/100G Ethernet technologies give carriers the flexibility to phase in the implementation of these higher-speed rates to better align capacity increases with their specific growth and budget strategies.

These new data rates are based on the IEEE 802.3ba standard. The most significant concept introduced in this new working standard is the use of parallel optics, which strongly influence the physical coding sublayer (PCS) implementation—one of the new building blocks for 40G/100G Ethernet. The key difference between the IEEE 802.3ba standard and its predecessor is the introduction of PCS lanes (formerly known as virtual lanes). PCS lanes provide an effective method of handling various parallel optical configurations and, therefore, demand a comprehensive solution that can easily qualify and integrate both 40G/100G CFP and 10x10 MSA-compliant pluggable optics. Thorough PCS testing is among the critical layer 1/2/3/4 tests needed to ensure that 40G/100G Ethernet equipment and network services can be deployed rapidly and confidently.

40G/100G Multiservice Testing Solution for Carrier and NEM Labs

Leveraging over a decade of FPGA experience, EXFO has integrated Ethernet (IEEE 802.3ba) and OTN (ITU-T G.709) functionalities into the same module: the IQS-85100G Packet Blazer. With this upgrade, you will be able to efficiently and costeffectively share the equipment in the lab, perform field trials and carry out early deployments. Purpose-built for applications where thorough testing, portability, true ruggedness and ease of use are required, this module offers powerful layer 1/2/3 Ethernet traffic generation and analysis, as well as RFC 2544 with Smart Loopback testing capabilities to stress and validate network elements and services against demanding corner cases.

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