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Spirent launches 8-port high density tester for GbE

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Spirent Communications has revealed what it says is the world’s first 8-port 1U-high rack mountable solution for testing 400/200/100/50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). The pX3 400G appliance is designed to validate the forwarding performance and quality of service of ultra-high-scale, next-generation-enabled, multi-terabit routers and switches, all contained in a single rack space.

A single pX3 400G appliance offers eight ports and up to 255 pX3 units can be interconnected to provide synchronised timing for a total of 2,040 ports. The appliances will interoperate with and complement the company’s high-speed Ethernet test modules and chassis offerings.

The integrated, scalable appliance will enable major chipset and network equipment manufacturers, as well as service providers, to be ready for the next wave of speeds to meet customer demands.