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Keysight Technologies and Nokia’s public test of 800GE success

Keysight Technologies has collaborated with Nokia to successfully demonstrate the first public 800GE test, validating the readiness of next-generation optics for service providers and network operators.

The technology company says with the move to the 800GE pluggable optics on front panel ports, interconnect and link reliability require a new round of validation cycles to support carrier-class environments.

It says these high-speed interfaces create a unique challenge because new 800GE capable silicon devices, optical transceivers and high bandwidth Ethernet speeds must be accurately tested.

The readiness testing was conducted at Nokia's private SReXperts customer event in Madrid in June 2022 and included Keysight's AresONE 800GE Layer 1-3 800GE line rate test platform and the Nokia 7750 Service Routing platform.

Keysight Technologies says the AresONE was used to test and qualify Nokia's FP5 network processor silicon along with 800GE pluggable optics. Specific Nokia platforms used in the validation were the FP5 based 7750 SR-1x-48D supporting 48 ports of 800GE and the 7750 SR-1se supporting 36 ports of 800GE.

Nokia's FP5 silicon delivers 112G SerDes, which enables 800GE support in hardware. FP5 enables networks to efficiently scale capacity and concurrently IP subscriber services while maintaining integrity, providing advanced protection against escalating network security threats, and lowering power consumption.

Keysight Technologies says Nokia is the first vendor to ship high-density 800GE systems this year, with platforms supporting a range of 36 x 800GE in compact fixed platforms to 432 ports of 800GE in the flagship 7750 SR-14s.

Keysight's network test and security solutions group vice president and general manager Ram Periakaruppan says the move to 800GE presents service providers and vendors in the supply chain with new challenges to validate chips, optical transceivers, or networking equipment port electronics.

"The unique combination of the Keysight AresONE 800GE test system and Nokia's 7750 Service Router addresses the interoperability challenges in 112Gbps electrical lane signaling. It supports the service provider community to accelerate validation of carrier-class 800GE devices and network infrastructure in a multi-service environment," he says.

Nokia IP routing hardware vice president Ken Kutzler is extremely pleased to partner with Keysight and showcase the company's FP5 silicon.

"Nokia's industry leading, innovative FP5 silicon is the first network processor silicon for high-performance routing to meet the demands of the 800GE network upgrade cycle," he says.

"The combination of Keysight's AresONE 800GE with Nokia's FP5 and 7750 SR platform meets both the performance and verification needs of our 800GE IP routing interfaces."

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