Slots 12 (compatible with Ixia XM form factor load modules)
  • 19.0 in. Width x 19.21 in. Height x 27.2 in. Depth
  • 48.26 cm. Width x 48.79 cm. Height x 69.09 cm. Depth
  • 11 rackmount units (11RU)
Chassis Modules and Weights
  • Chassis Frame:
    97 lbs. (44.1 kg) average shipping weight (with filler panels)
  • Chassis Fan Module:
    17.3 lbs. (7.86 kg) average shipping weight
  • Chassis Power Supply Module:
    35.1 lbs. (15.95 kg) average shipping weight
  • Chassis Processor Module (High Performance):
    15.8 lbs. (7.17 kg) average shipping weight
Chassis Power Requirements Three, single phase, 200-240VAC 50/60Hz power sources
rated at 20 Amperes each, are required to supply the chassis.
Maximum power consumption per line cord and power supply:
  • 12 Amperes at 200VAC operation
  • 10 Amperes at 240VAC operation
Power Cords Three power cords are required to operate the XGS12 chassis power supplies for normal operating conditions. Power Cord shipments: Ixia provides three power cords that are configured and rated to meet the specifications of the target country where the chassis will be installed
Power Supply Module
  • Field-replaceable power supply module that is easily installed and removed
  • There are three 2825W power supplies in the Power Supply Module
  • Each power supply may be removed or replaced separately
Fan Module Field-replaceable chassis fan assembly that is easily installed and removed
Processor Module

XGS12-HS and XGS12-HSL Processor Modules: Field-replaceable and removable processor card module with 2 x Intel Sandy Bridge EP, E5-2658 2.1GHz processors; 64GB RAM; dual 400GB solid-state drive hard disk

Operating System

XGS12-HS Processor Module: Linux OS and Windows 7 VM

XGS12-HSL Processor Module: Native IxOS

Timing Sources

Internal or synchronized with another Ixia chassis, or external with the Ixia Metronome Timing System or AFD1 appliance for GPS time sources, or the Ixia AFD2 appliance for BITS and IRIG-B time format input with additional 1PPS input

Note: External synchronization is supported on XGS12-SD and XGS12-HS chassis only
Connectors per Processor Module
  • Monitor HD-DB15 Super VGA
  • One RJ-45 1000Base-T management port
  • One RJ-45 RS232 serial port
  • Four SFP+ sockets for future use
  • Two USB dual type A, 4-pin jack connectors
Connectors Chassis Frame
  • Sync In: single Sync In jack with a 4-pin RJ11
  • Sync Out: four Sync Out jacks, each with a 4-pin RJ11
Switches, LEDs, and LCD Display
  • Front panel switches, On/Off momentary power push button
  • 2x16 character LCD on front panel indicating chassis status information
  • 2 paired LEDs above each slot position indicating power, and respective ownership and activity status
  • LEDs on Processor Module indicating power, HDD activity, and Ethernet activity on each port
Industry Certifications The chassis safety approvals are UL and CE. These certifications are only valid when the unit is operating as specified. See endnote ii for more information.
Temperature Operating: 41° F to 104° F (5° C to 40° C)
Storage: 41° F to 122° F (5° C to 50° C)
Humidity Operating: 0% to 85%, non-condensing
Storage: 0% to 85%, non-condensing

The XGS12-HS and XGS12-HSL chassis running at maximum fan speed capacity may produce noise levels up to 87 dB(A). This is measured per the GR-63-CORE, Issue 1, and paragraph 5.6.3 specification. The use of appropriate ear protection is recommended to protect against hearing impairment. Consult local health and safety regulations for recommended maximum exposure levels for noise and ear protection devices.

Note: Fan speed is variable and adjusted based on present load and temperatures within the chassis

Targeted Users

  • Engineering and quality assurance (QA) groups developing and testing Higher Speed Ethernet 100GE/50GE/40GE/25GE, and high-density 10GE/1GE products
  • Engineering and QA groups developing and testing high-performance Layer 4-7 devices
  • Manufacturing groups executing production-quality and repetitive testing
  • Customer support departments troubleshooting customer issues
  • Internet service providers (ISPs), carriers, and enterprises executing product qualification/acceptance testing or pre-deployment hot-staging of network equipment
  • Certification and interoperability labs providing third-party equipment test and validation

Application Support

The XGS12-HS and XGS12-HSL chassis support the following Ixia test applications:

  • BreakingPoint (with PerfectStorm Fusion load modules) for global visibility into emerging threats and applications, along with advance insight into the resiliency of an organization's IT infrastructure under operationally-relevant conditions and malicious attacks
  • IxLoad for performance testing of content-aware devices (e.g., load balancers, web servers, video servers) running protocols such as HTTP, FTP, SMTP, SIP, and MPEG2 video
  • IxExplorer for granular, highly-flexible data-plane testing and analysis (Note: PerfectStorm Load Modules do not have support for IxExplorer)
  • IxNetwork for scalability and performance testing of routing, switching, security, and broadband access infrastructure solutions

[i] For a complete list of all Ixia load modules supported by the XGS12-HS and XGS12-HSL chassis, refer to the Ixia Platform Reference guide document and the Product Compatibility Matrix that are available under the Support section of the www.ixiacom.com website.

[ii]  All three power cords must be plugged into their single phase 200-240VAC, 50Hz/60Hz power sources at the same time for correct operation of the chassis. The North American power cord has a NEMA L6-20P plug that goes to the power source and an IEC-60320-C19 receptacle that plugs into the XG12 chassis. The power cord is rated to 16 Amperes. The plug and receptacle are rated for 20 Amperes. The XGS12-HS and XGS12-HSL chassis are UL certified when using the 200-240VAC power cords supplied with the chassis. For international shipments power cords are provided for the target country and are included with the purchase of the chassis.

[iii] Some high-density/high-performance load modules may require a lower ambient air operating temperature. If this is the case, the operating temperature will be lowered for the chassis to what is specified in the load module datasheet.

12-Slot, 11RU, Rackmount Chassis

Ixia’s XGS12 12-slot modular chassis platform delivers the most comprehensive solution for performance, functional, security, and conformance testing of network equipment and network applications. Operating in conjunction with Ixia’s industry-leading IxNetwork®, IxLoad®, and BreakingPoint® test applications and automation APIs, this platform provides the power and performance necessary for massive-scale Layer 2-7 testing.

All XGS12 chassis platform models – XGS12-SD, XGS12-HS, and XGS12-HSL  have a front-to-back airflow system to ensure that Ixia’s highest-density load modules operate efficiently. A true modular construction maximizes serviceability as each major system component is self-contained and field-replaceable with the fan, power supply, and processor components designed to be readily installed and removed. Ixia load modules are hot-swappable, allowing for a highly-flexible testing environment. This chassis family supports XM and PerfectStorm load modules, providing a seamless integration with existing Ixia test systems.


  • Reduces space requirements and simplifies management with high port densities—100/50/40/25/10GE—in 11RU vertical rack space 
  • Enables resource aggregation across load modules using high-speed backplane
  • Offers multi-user environment that leverages a per-port user ownership model for all test module ports 
  • Reduced management overhead and simplified upgrades with integrated IxOS™ operating system for chassis and load modules
  • Enables simple and quick field service with field-replaceable Modular Controller, Fan, and Power Supply Modules
  • Remote chassis management via browser (on XGS12-HSL model)
  • 400GE ready