Ixia Launches Ethernet Tester

Ixia touts L2-7 tester with a 10GBASE-T Ethernet interface capable of testing 100 meter links

May 23, 2007

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, today announced the first L2-7 tester with a 10GBASE-T Ethernet interface capable of testing 100 meter links. The recently approved IEEE 802.3an-2006 for 10GBASE-T is a standard to provide 10 Gigabit/second connections over conventional unshielded or shielded twisted pair cables. The ability to use low cost copper cabling is expected to trigger wide-spread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in enterprises and eventually SMBs. Ixia will showcase its 10GBASE-T Ethernet technology at Interop Las Vegas 2007, May 20-25 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Booth # 1024. Ixia also will be demonstrating its Ethernet capabilities with the Ethernet AllianceR at Booth #2265, and with Solarflare Communications, Booth #1774.

Ixia's new 10GBASE-T Adapter combined with the 10GE LAN Services Module (LSM) enables performance, scalability, and conformance testing of Layer 2-3 routing protocols with IxNetwork and high performance Layer 4-7 testing with IxLoad for products that are looking to conform to the new standard. The 10GBASE-T adapter features Solarflare Communications 10XpressR SFX7000 10GBASE-T PHY, a 100-meter reach, standards-compliant transceiver that supports installed and new copper cabling infrastructures.

The new module provides network equipment vendors with the ability to ensure their new 10GBASE-T Ethernet products conform to the new standard as well as meet the requisite performance and scalability requirements. Equipment vendors can use real-world traffic generated by the 10GE LSM with the 10GBASE-T adapter to verify the quality of the 10GBASE-T interface. As products incorporating the new standard are rolled out, enterprises, government agencies and service providers will use the 10 GBASE-T Ethernet load module to ensure performance and interoperability prior to deployment of this new technology.

"As with any new technology, testing plays a key role in bridging the gap between its promise and its reality," said Victor Alston, senior vice president of product development at Ixia. "Ixia has been the established leader in the growth of Ethernet as a cost effective solution to increase productivity and to deliver new services. With the first testing capability for the new 10GBASE-T Ethernet transport standard, we look forward to helping foster the growth of this exciting technology."

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA)

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