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MD1260A 40/100G Ethernet Analyzer Launched


Supporting Next-Generation 40/100G Ethernet



Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) today announced the start of sales of its new MD1260A 40/100G Ethernet Analyzer for measuring next-generation, high-speed networks supporting the 40/100 Gbps Ethernet standardNote.

40/100 Gbps Ethernet is the IEEE high-speed communications standard approved in June this year as IEEE802.3ba. Installation of new transmission equipment and networks based on this standard is expected to accelerate in the near future.

The compact MD1260A (340 × 221.5 × 200 mm, 8 kg max.) with built-in signal generation and analysis functions is an all-in-one platform supporting a full range of Ethernet measurements, including 40/100G signal throughput*1, frame loss*2, BER*3, and skew margin*4. It is ideal for quality evaluation of 40/100G Ethernet transmission equipment and networks.

Moreover, 40/100 Gbps Ethernet has been designed in cooperation with ITU-T to facilitate the spread of wide-area Ethernet and is compatible with the OTN*5 standard, supporting the widely used OUT3/OTU4*6 specification. Just one MD1260A unit is all that is needed to evaluate transmission equipment and networks supporting both 40/100G Ethernet and OTU3/OTU4.

40/100G Ethernet and OTU3/OTU4 are expected to become mainstream backbone network technologies for high-speed, large-capacity data services and Anritsu is launching this new instrument to assure the smooth spread of next-generation, high-speed network systems and services.

Note: 40/100 Gbps Ethernet

Ethernet is the international standard used by office and home Local Area Networks (LANs) worldwide. 40G Ethernet can transfer 40 gigabits*7 of data per second; 100G Ethernet is faster than 40G Ethernet and transfers 100 gigabits of data per second. Whichever is used for transmission equipment such as routers and switches, both support transmission distances up to about 40 km. The 40/100G standard was settled in cooperation with ITU-T and is also compatible with OTN optical network technology. The OTN OTU3/OTU4 standards support communications over distances longer than 40 km.

[Development Background]

The rapid spread of applications requiring high bandwidth, such as personal video streaming on social networking sites, Video On Demand (VoD), cloud computing*8, etc., is an increasingly important problem for backbone networks of the world’s telecommunications carriers.

At the moment, they are planning to meet the need for speed by bundling multiple 10G lines but since IEEE released the 40/100G standard, it seems likely that future global networks will adopt 40/100G as the new standard.

Anritsu has used its wealth of experience and know-how in gigabit Ethernet measurement technologies to develop this new MD1260A 40/100G Ethernet Analyzer supporting all the evaluation measurements required by 40/100G transmission and network equipment.

[Product Outline]

The MD1260A 40/100G Ethernet Analyzer is an all-in-one measurement platform supporting the 40/100G Ethernet standard.

It has built-in functions for generating the 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet signals needed to evaluate transmission equipment and networks as well as a full range of versatile analysis functions for troubleshooting transmitted signals. It can measure the throughput, frame loss, BER and skew margin of 40/100G signals to quickly evaluate whether transmission equipment and network quality satisfy the requirements of the IEEE802.3ba standard.

Moreover, the compatible OTN OTU3/OTU4 standard is also supported to offer the best all-round measurements for next-generation, high-speed communications in one powerful, cost-effective, instrument.

[Product Features]

■Portable, all-in-one design for easy onsite access

The compact (340 x 221.5 x 200 mm), lightweight (<8 kg) design of the MD1260A with signal generation and analysis functions makes it the perfect analyzer for troubleshooting 40/100G Ethernet networks.

■Test systems tailored to application

The full range of measurement interfaces and options can be tailored to match existing and future applications for maximum cost effectiveness.

■Excellent extensibility

The number of measurement ports is easily extended using up to 16 units for batch testing multiple routers, switches, and other transmission equipment in one go.

■Built-in versatile test functions

The built-in, auto-control function makes it easy to configure an automated test system for manufacturing, supporting every required 40/100G Ethernet test, including over-specification tolerance tests, multi-unit delay measurements, CFP*9 stand-alone tests, etc.

■Simple operation and high durability

The 12.1-inch wide touch panel is easy to use and the flash disk*10 storage makes hard-disk crashes a thing of the past.

[Target Markets and Applications]

■Target Markets: Metro/Core transmission equipment manufacturing, carrier network installation, data centers, optical communications devices

■Applications: Manufacturing quality inspection of transmission equipment, network installation

[Terminology] *1 Throughout

Data transfer performance of transmission equipment and networks

*2 Frame Loss

*Data on network lost by processing failure

*3 BER: Bit Error Rate Ratio of bit errors included in signal *4 Skew Margin

Any timing drift in data transmission is called skew. Since data cannot be transferred correctly when the timing drifts, IEEE P802.3ba specifies both a mechanism for correcting timing drift and the permissible skew range. The skew margin is a measure of how much skew can be tolerated in a device or on a network and still transfer data correctly.

*5 OTN: Optical Transport Network

Optical transmission technology standardized by ITU with strong error detection and correction functions called FEC (Forward Error Correction) allowing detection and correction of errors at receiver.

*6 OTU3/OTU4: Optical channel Transport Unit

Unit of OTN data transfer speed

OTU3 supports 40 Gbps and OTU4 supports 100 Gbps; both support long-distance networks greater than 40 km

*7 Gigabit

Unit of data transfer and storage size; 1 Gb = 1 billion bits

*8 Cloud Computing

Type of system offering computing processing over Internet

In conventional computing systems, businesses and individuals process and store data on local computers. By contrast, in cloud computing, the computer executing the processing is remotely located at service provider on the Internet. Consequently, the user eliminates computer purchase and data management costs.

*9 CFP Optical module supporting 40/100 Gbps used for data transfer by optical interfaces with different transmission distances and methods *10 Flash Disk Drive

Storage medium used in PCs, etc., with higher durability and resistance to mechanical shock than hard disks




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