Spirent and Finisar participate in joint interoperability demonstration at Ethernet Alliance booth during OFC 2014 to showcase CFP4 Capabilities.

Sunnyvale, CA – Spirent Communications has announced the launch of the 4-port Spirent dX2 100G test module with support for CFP4 transceiver interfaces. CFP4 refers to the form factor of a new generation of optical transceivers, defined under the CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), supporting the 40 and 100Gbit/s interfaces needed to address the ultra-high bandwidth requirements of today and tomorrow’s communication networks.

With port density and support for 100, 40 or 10G speeds on the same interface, Spirent’s new test module enables network equipment manufacturers and service providers to validate the performance of next-generation data center fabrics and service provider core routers, while controlling the overall cost of testing.

At the Ethernet Alliance booth, Finisar will demonstrate its100GBASE-SR4 CFP4 optical transceiver, which will interoperate error-free with the Spirent dX2 100G CFP4 test module. This joint demonstration highlights the readiness of CFP4 technology and helps accelerate time to market of these important modules.

“CFP4 transceivers allow system vendors to support significantly increased port density and lower the power dissipation per 100G port compared to previous generation designs,” says Christian Urricariet, Director of Marketing for High-Speed Optics at Finisar. “This joint interoperability demonstration with Spirent allows us to publicly showcase the performance of our CFP4 optics.”

CFP4 optical transceivers are about half the width of CFP2 and a quarter of the width of the currently-used CFP modules, while consuming significantly lower power. This makes them attractive for new implementations of ultra-high bandwidth data center and service provider core routers, allowing network equipment manufacturers to double the front-panel port density by migrating from CFP2 to CFP4 interfaces.

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