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Technological Progression Opens Avenues for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Test Equipment

Thu, 03/13/2008 - 5:21am
The migration from digital subscriber line (DSL)-based services to direct Ethernet services, as well as scalability requirements, the increased network and bandwidth speed, and triple- and quad-play deployments, propel the adoption of gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE test equipment. The progression of 10 GbE technology, in particular, makes an incredible impact on the total world GbE and 10GbE test equipment market.

The Ethernet market has undergone a massive transition from existing fast Ethernet networks to Gigabit Ethernet networks, triggered by the convergence of voice, video and data into digital bit streams that require significant amounts of bandwidth. GbE builds on top of the Ethernet protocol, but increases speed tenfold over fast Ethernet to 1,000 Mbps or 1 gigabit per second. This protocol promises to be a dominant player in high-speed communication networks.

Although the features provided by GbE and 10GbE remain similar, end-users can explore greater possibilities with 10GbE because of its significantly faster speed rate. This rate places different requirements on vendors, since 10GbE allows end-users to perform forward error correction (FEC) and account for the transmission and transport aspect of the protocol.

However, the nature of Ethernet technology, whose engineers maintain the need to implement a variety of sophisticated functionalities, increasingly pressures GbE and 10GbE test equipment vendors.

www.test&measurement.frost.com 210-477-8427

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