|[March 15, 2017]
Ixia to Demonstrate 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Traffic with PAM4 Electrical Lanes over QSFP-DD at OFC 2017
XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security
solutions, announced today a collaboration with Cisco (News - Alert) and Foxconn
Interconnect Technology (FIT) to demonstrate 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
traffic with Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD)
via four-level Pulse (News - Alert) Amplitude Modulation�(PAM4)
electrical lanes. The demonstration will take place at OFC 2017, to be
held March 21 - 23 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.
The live demonstration, available to attendees in the Ethernet Alliance (News - Alert)
booth #3709 and the FIT booth #2666, is expected to be the first of its
kind. It will include multiple companies working together to send and
receive IEEE802.3bs compliant, line rate 400 GbE traffic via 50 Gbps
PAM4 electrical lanes over the QSFP-DD form factor with passive direct
attached copper cable.
"Cisco is pleased with the industry support behind the QSFP-DD, the
form-factor of choice for 400 GbE pluggable transceivers and cables. In
this early stage of the 400 GbE development, Ixia (News - Alert) has taken a leadership
role in recognizing the market demand for higher bandwidth solutions and
setting a direction with the QSFP-DD form-factor," said Bill Gartner (News - Alert)
VP/GM at Cisco.
The 400 GbE ecosystem has been designed to address the growing bandwidth
requirements of expanding hyperscale data centers. In fact, according to
a recent Cisco report entitled The
Zettabyte Era - Trends and Analysis, global IP traffic is expected
to increase nearly threefold over the�next 5�years. QSFP-DD
addresses increasing global bandwidth consumption with its ability to
quadruple aggregate switch bandwidth while maintaining port density and
backwards compatibility with QSFP28.
"Demonstrating lectrical 50 Gbps PAM4 based 400 GbE over the QSFP-DD
form factor will be a tremendous milestone for our industry," said
Thananya Baldwin, Senior Director, Strategic Programs at Ixia Labs.
"Working with other industry leaders in the QSFP-DD MSA to create this
unique technology advancement and to reveal it at OFC has been an
incredibly rewarding experience. We encourage everyone attending OFC
Exhibit this year to take the time to see the demonstration first hand."
Ixia continues to extend innovation leadership in Ethernet technology
Based on its own FEC and PCS intellectual property, Ixia was the first
company to demonstrate line rate 400 (GbE) technology by combining eight
electrical lanes of 50 Gigabits per second (Gbps), defined as 400GAUI-8
by IEEE802.3bs, via four-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation�(PAM4).
Ixia was also the first company to successfully and publicly demonstrate
leading edge, IEEE802.3bs draft compliant 400 GbE with KP4 Forward Error
Correction (FEC) technology and a 400GAUI-16 electrical interface. These
demonstrations, held in Japan and Germany in 2016, help confirm that 400
GbE technology is available and ready to build the next generation of
high speed networking products.
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forward-looking statements including, without limitation, Ixia's
expectation that its demonstration of 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic
with PAM4 electrical lanes over QSFP-DD at OFC 2017 will be the first of
its kind and the expected increase in global IP traffic. In some cases,
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may cause future results, performance, or achievements to be materially
different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements
include, among others, Ixia's and its collaborators' ability to
successfully demonstrate 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic with PAM 4
electrical lanes over QSFP-DD at OFC 2017 prior to any such
demonstration by other parties and the actual growth rate for global IP
traffic. The factors that may cause Ixia's future results to differ
materially from our current expectations also include, without
limitation, the risks identified in Ixia's Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in Ixia's other filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to
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Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security
solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual
networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment
manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to
develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify
their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of
their networks to make their applications stronger. Learn more at�www.ixiacom.com.
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