May 3, 2012

EXFO Introduces a MEMS-Based Modular Optical Switch for Lab and Manufacturing Environments

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) has announced the addition of the IQS-9100B MEMs Optical Switch test module to its Windows-based IQS-600 platform, the only modular system designed for R&D and manufacturing applications providing optical, transport and datacom testing in a single environment.

In today’s competitive telecom environment, network equipment manufacturers are more sensitive than ever to testing costs and instrument reliability. The new IQS-9100B MEMS Optical Switch has a life expectancy 1000 times longer than the previously available IQS-9100 Optical Switch. The IQS-9100B’s typical switching time of 20 milliseconds also saves almost half a second per switching cycle compared to the first-generation IQS-9100. The IQS-9100B MEMS Optical Switch is available for singlemode fiber in 1 x N configurations up to 32 ports.

“The reliability and performance of the IQS-9100B MEMS Optical Switch will really help network equipment manufacturers meet their daily challenge to bring more reliable equipment, faster to the market and at a lower cost,” said √Čtienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President—Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “Combining the IQS-9100B with other optical, transport or datacom test modules in the IQS-600 platform will allow customers to quickly reconfigure their R&D lab test setup or automate manufacturing testing, reducing the risk of errors and increasing throughput.”

Visit their website for more on the IQS-9100B MEMS Optical Switch and the IQS-600 platform.

About EXFO
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include VDSL2, ADSL2+, 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, and various optical technologies (accounting for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit

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