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New video shows successful 400G and 25G Ethernet interoperability demos at last week’s OFC 2015

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The 5-minute video below shows two interoperability demos between Ixia’s JumpStart Test Systems and Xilinx UltraScale FPGA Eval Boards. The first demo in the video is for 4x25G Ethernet, a rapidly evolving technology for data centers that’s designed to instantly boost the total data center internal bandwidth. According to Charles Seifert, Senior Product Manager at Ixia, this is the first multivendor interoperability demo for 4x25G Ethernet (because interoperating with yourself is just not that exciting).


The second demo uses Ixia’s JumpStart Test System, a 4-port CFP4 100G Ethernet load module with its four 100G ports used as fiber transports to exchange 400G Ethernet streams with another Xilinx UltraScale Eval Board. There are two 400GE MAC engines from different vendors talking to each other in this demo. A small but important part of the demo: the transmission and reception are error-free.


Here’s the video:





For a lot more information about the factors driving the technology behind these demos, an IEEE 400G Ethernet development timeline, and some information about 16nm Xilinx UltraScale+ All Programmable devices used in high-speed Ethernet applications, here’s an extended 30-minute video by Thananya Baldwin of Ixia and Gilles Garcia of Xilinx: