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Spirent launches 8-port high density tester for GbE

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.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

Analysis and opinion
Analysis and opinion
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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang