Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ixia Tests 100 Gbps Ethernet

Ixia's higher speed Ethernet (HSE) IEEE 802.3ba-compliant test equipment was used to successfully transmit and receive Ethernet traffic at 100 Gbps through a CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) compatible optical module. The HSE load module, known as K2 by industry insiders, is capable of transmitting and receiving full line-rate 100 Gbps Ethernet traffic.

The CFP MSA is the first industry standard to support next generation Ethernet optical transceiver interfaces for both 100 Gbps Ethernet (100GbE) and 40Gb/s (40GbE). The CFP MSA defines the form factor of a hot-swappable optical transceiver supporting 40/100 GE and uses transceiver electrical interface consisting of multiple 10 Gbps lanes.

"Industry wide adoption of 100 GE is also dependent on the viability of optical transceivers that are defined by industry standard MSAs," said Errol Ginsberg, Chief Innovation Officer of Ixia. "This successful demonstration is another big step towards that goal, highlighting Ixia's ability and commitment to work with industry leaders to move Ethernet technology forward."

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