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


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

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 and SONET/SDH mapping over OTN, OTU3/OTU4 single and multistage multiplexing, and ODUflex 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
  • Enhancing the 40G/100G Ethernet stack with support for IPv6 protocol capability for transition IP stack testing
  • 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
  • iSAM ultra-simple ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 6349 service activation methodology
  • 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


  • Purpose-built for applications where thorough testing, portability, true ruggedness and ease of use are required
  • 100G switch and router engine stress tests against demanding corner cases with full line-rate Ethernet and IP packet generation at over 148 million packets per second

40G/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. Designed 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 that strongly influence the physical coding sublayer (PCS) implementation, which is 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 for handling various parallel optical configurations, and therefore require 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 FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer. With this upgrade, you will be able to efficiently and cost-effectively 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.

The FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer also supports OTU3/OTU4 bit-error-rate testing (BERT) and ODU muxing capabilities for 40G/100G transponder and muxponder qualification in network equipment manufacturer (NEM) labs, as well as for optical transport network turn-up in the field. In addition, its FPGA-based architecture ensures rapid and seamless incorporation of updates as the standard is ratified and refined, protecting your testing investment without sacrificing timely support of features and functions.

All existing and newly developed testing capabilities are available via an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and through software keys for field upgrades. No additional hardware or shipping to the manufacturer is required.

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Presentation of modulation schemes and impairments for 100 Gbit/s line side; overview of 100G/40G Ethernet (IEEE 802.3ba), OTU4/OTU3 (ITU-T G.709), and 100G/40G interfaces.

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Find out everything you need to know with our 100G/400G testing guide, which provides an overview of high-speed technology, and detailed information on both line-side and client-side 40G/100G system testing, lab qualification, commissioning and turn-up.

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Sorry this product is discontinued

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

Discontinued Date:2017-03-06
End-of-Service Date:2022-03-01

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