Press Release

Ixia First to Successfully Demonstrate 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) Technology with Eight Electric Lanes of 4-Level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4)

Posted 01/25/2017

Enables the networking industry to support persistent growth in global bandwidth demand

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 26, 2017-- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced it has successfully demonstrated 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology by combining eight electrical lanes of 56 Gigabits per second (Gbps), defined as 400GAUI-8 by IEEE802.3bs, via four-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4).

Ixia helps customers meet the growing demand for network bandwidth
The live demonstration, the first of its kind, was delivered by Ixia to key members of the 400 GE ecosystem including a variety of end-users, as well as industry-leading network equipment, chip, and optics manufacturers. Attendees were provided with a first-hand view into Ixia’s ability to integrate new and existing solutions, including PAM-4 (the most scalable multi-level signaling protocol for next-generation line rate), with the company’s advanced 400 GE technology 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.

Ixia collaborates with key MSA groups to drive the future of 400 GE technology
Ixia currently supports and collaborates with two key multisource agreement (MSA) development groups to help drive the effectiveness and efficiency of 400 GE technology: double-density quad small-form-factor pluggable (QSFP-DD) MSA, and Octal Small Form Factor Pluggable (OSFP) MSA.

The QSFP-DD MSA Group is addressing the technical challenges of achieving a double-density interface and ensuring mechanical, electrical, thermal, and signal-integrity interoperability for module components produced by different manufacturers. Collaboration through the MSA is intended to enable faster implementation and easier operation of the high-speed, double-density quad small-form-factor pluggable interface in networking equipment. QSFP-DD addresses increasing global bandwidth consumption with its ability to quadruple aggregate switch bandwidth while maintaining port density.

The OSFP MSA is comprised of 49 industry leaders who are tasked with defining the form factor for new 400 GE transceiver module that will support the full range of 400 GE optics technologies, from datacenter to metro reach.

Ixia’s Ethernet technology leadership
Ixia was also the first vendor to successfully and publically demonstrate leading edge, IEEE802.3bs draft compliant 400 GE technology with 400GAUI-16 electrical interface. Demonstrations took place at several industry events in 2016. These demonstrations, held in Japan and Germany, help confirm that 400 GE technology, including key elements, is available and ready to build the next generation of high speed networking products.

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Certain statements made in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding growing bandwidth requirements; the expected increase in global IP traffic; the benefits of collaboration through the QSFP-DD MSA Group; and the technologies to be supported by the 400 GE transceiver module. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "project," "predict," "potential," or the like. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other factors, 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, the actual growth rate for global IP traffic; the ability of the QSFP-DD MSA Group to successfully collaborate and to realize the anticipated benefits from that collaboration; the ability of the Octal Small Form Factor Pluggable (OSFP) MSA to successfully define [the specifications for the] new 400 GE transceiver module and the module's success in supporting the full range of 400 GE optics technologies; changes in the global economy and market conditions; and war, terrorism, political unrest, natural disasters, and cybersecurity attacks. 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, 2015 and in Ixia’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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