Critical validation of complex control plane scalability for 4G and legacy networks Product MenuOverview With smartphones generating 20x more control-plane traffic than traditional feature phones, the rapid growth of mobile data is leading to surges in signaling traffic on both core and radio access networks (RANs). Hard-to-predict signaling traffic can overwhelm networks, impacting user authentication and authorization, mobility, charging and billing, and policy management, and QoS (bearer) establishment. Signaling involves the underlying communications that enable user authentication and authorization, mobility, charging and billing, and policy management. The new revenue-generating services being delivered by mobile operators increasingly require interaction with charging and policy functions, potentially leading to surges in signaling traffic—and costly service interruptions. With providers becoming more proactive and precautionary in evaluating network elements responsible for processing control-plane traffic, Ixia’s IxCatapult and MGTS solutions leverage the X800 and X100 platforms to deliver the industry's most scalable solution for testing cellular wireless technologies including: LTE, 3G, IMS, and SS7/SIGTRAN. IxCatapult and the X100/X800 appliances validate the performance of infrastructure devices such as mobility management entities (SGSN/MME) responsible for processing a majority of the signaling traffic. The X100 and X800 appliances provide high-scale testing of 3G and 4G wireless network elements from a compact, 2U, small-footprint design: The X800 offers an ultra-high-scale platform used in IP-based protocol testing during product development The X100 provides a multi-interface, multi-protocol, and multi-user platform IxCatapult possesses unmatched flexibility in customizing protocol state machines for functional, scalability, and negative testing. Users are provided with a vast library of pre-built test scenarios, and can fully customize them to specific test applications. Features Industry’s most scalable control plane test solution Industry’s most comprehensive range of wireless protocols for testing for 2G-GSM, 3G-UMTS, 4G-LTE, and SS7 Unmatched flexibility in protocol state machine design for both positive and negative testing Compact 2U design 3G-UMTS devices tested NodeB RNC MSC SGSN HLR/VLR SS7/SIGTRAN devices tested SCP STP SSP PSTN MSC Specifications X800 X100 Configuration 4 Node Multi-user 1 Node Multi-user CPU Type 8 Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors 2 Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors Total Memory Available 96 GB RAM 24 GB RAM Total Hard Disk Available 2 TB (4x500 GB) 500 GB SATA HDD Number of Ports 8 Management 1GbE ports 8 USB Ports 8 1GbE ports and 4 10GbE ports (960-0333) OR 2 Management 1Gb Ethernet ports 2 USB Ports PCIe cards that support: 1-GbE Ports 2 ATM Ports 4 JET Ports Form Factor 2U Rackmount 2U Rackmount Mounting Rails 2U rail set, quick/quick, for 2U 17.2"W; the rail will fit a rack between 26.5" and 36.4" deep that follows the EIA industry standard keep-out zone 2U rail set, quick/quick, for 2U 17.2"W; the rail will fit a rack between 26.5" and 36.4" deep that follows the EIA industry standard keep-out zone Height 3.5” (89mm) 3.5” (89mm) Width 17.2” (437mm) 17.2” (437mm) Depth 28.5” (724mm) 17.7” (450mm) Gross Weight 85 lbs (38.6kg) 35 lbs (15.9kg) Description Redundant high-efficiency power supply with PMBus Redundant high-efficiency power supply with PMBus AC Input 2 1400W: 180 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz, 7.2 - 9.5 Amp or 2 1200W: 100 - 140V, 50 - 60Hz, 10.5 - 14.7 Amp 2 700W: 100 - 240V, 60-50Hz, 10 - 4 Amp DC Output, +5V standby 6 Amp 4 Amp DC Output +12V 100 Amp @ 100-140V, 117 Amp @ 180-240V 57 Amp distribution: +5V 30 Amp, +3.3V 24 Amp, -12V 0.6 Amp RoHS RoHS Compliant RoHS Compliant Environmental Specification Operating Temperature: 10°to 35°C (50°to 95°F) Non-operating Temperature: -40°to 70°C (-40°to 158°F) Operating Relative Humidity: 8% to 90% (non-condensing) Non-operating Relative Humidity: 5 to 95% (non-condensing) Operating Temperature: 10°to 35°C (50°to 95°F) Non-operating Temperature: -40°to 70°C (-40°to 158°F) Operating Relative Humidity: 8% to 90% (non-condensing) Non-operating Relative Humidity: 5 to 95% (non-condensing) Resources Data Sheet IxCatapult X800 and X100 Chassis Message Generator and Traffic Simulator (MGTS) Brochure Ixia Solutions BrochureOverview of Ixia's verification and visibility solutions used to design, verify, and monitor a broad range of wired, Wi-Fi, and 3G/LTE equipment and networks.