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The Industry’s Most Powerful Optical Spectrum Analyzer Now Boasts Much Faster Data Processing and Analysis

by david.nunes

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, August 10, 2010 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today a significant processing speed increase for its FTB-5240S Optical Spectrum Analyzer, which is purpose-built for fast and accurate dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) network commissioning and high-speed network upgrades up to 40G. Thanks to EXFO’s latest platform technology advancements, this module now operates ten to twenty times faster, depending on the application being run.

When equipped with in-band optical-signal-to-noise-ratio (OSNR) measurement capabilities, the FTB-5240S is a powerful, field-grade 40G and ROADM network commissioning tool. EXFO’s proprietary in-band OSNR test method delivers highly accurate measurements for next-generation systems in which noise can fluctuate from channel to channel. Traditional OSNR test tools produce erroneous results, especially for ROADMs and 40G systems. The built-in patent-pending hybrid detection capabilities on EXFO’s optical spectrum analyzer enable customers to obtain accurate and automated OSNR measurements from a next-generation network.

The processing speed increase significantly accelerates the FTB-5240S’s applications. For instance, all acquisitions are now performed 10 times faster, re-analysis using different parameters is now 14 times faster, and trace loading is now 20 times faster.

“As a proven test and service assurance leader, EXFO’s priority is to continuously make the industry’s best products even better, and to anticipate the evolving needs of its customers. At a time when many carriers are accelerating their 10G, 40G and 100G network upgrade programs, increasing the capture and processing speed for our optical spectrum analyzers reflects this commitment,” said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President—Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “Network service providers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce operating costs, namely by choosing test solutions that enable their technicians to speed up the test cycles and ultimately spend less time in the field. EXFO’s industry-leading platform technology has recently gone an extra step, and as a result, our best-in-class optical spectrum analyzers can run their tests up to twenty times faster, which translates into a clear bottom-line benefit for our customers.”

Learn more about the FTB-5240S Optical Spectrum Analyzer.

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for approximately 90% of the company’s revenues, offers core-to-edge solutions that assess the performance and reliability of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, xDSL, and various optical technologies accounting for an estimated 33% of the portable fiber-optic test market. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division provides solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

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