Agilent Offers High- and Low-order LCAS Emulation for SONET/SDH

1/15/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced support for SONET/SDH Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) at both high- and low-order virtual concatenation levels for its OmniBER OTN J7232A 2.5 Gb/s analyzer. Along with its Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) encapsulation support and high- and low-order virtual concatenation, the J7232A gives designers and verification engineers of SONET/SDH multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP) equipment the ability to fully check design conformance to industry standards, thereby ensuring full interoperability of next-generation data services across vendor platforms. LCAS is a key enabler of flexibility in next-generation SONET/SDH data services by providing dynamically variable transport bandwidth to end-users.

In addition, the new OmniBER OTN J7230B product is the first to offer the complete next-generation SONET/SDH test portfolio (including data mappings, GFP encapsulation, high- and low-order virtual concatenation and LCAS) at the 10 Gb/s rates of OC-192 and STM-64. Equipment manufacturers and service providers are driving the introduction of next-generation SONET/SDH capability at 10 Gb/s in support of flexible Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed fiber channel data applications (including storage area networks). The J7230B also offers support for ITU-T G.709 Optical Channel and all legacy SONET/SDH standards.

Next-generation SONET/SDH is the term applied to recent enhancements and additions to SONET/SDH standards and equipment that enable data services to be carried more efficiently and flexibly. Three new technologies are key to next-generation SONET/SDH:

"LCAS is the latest significant building block in the provisioning of next-generation data services by SONET/SDH," said Richard Deboer, CEO of Galazar Networks, a fabless semiconductor company that delivers Ethernet and multi-service framers. "LCAS is the most complex, in terms of the protocol 'hand-shaking' between source and destination equipment, therefore stringent interoperability testing was required before our customers could be selected as preferred suppliers for next-generation networks. With the ability to fully emulate the operation of a SONET/SDH LCAS terminal, the OmniBER OTN provides an independent validation of MSPP design conformance to industry standards, highlighting at an early development stage any possible interoperability issues."

For more information on Galazar Networks, visit

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent OmniBER OTN J7232A 2.5 Gb/s analyzer starts at a base price of $55,000. The J7232A with options for Ethernet mappings, GFP and virtual concatenation is priced at approximately $104,000, and can be ordered now with current delivery at eight weeks. An LCAS firmware upgrade can also be ordered now for approximately $5,000, with expected delivery in the second quarter of 2004.

The Agilent OmniBER OTN J7230B 10 Gb/s analyzer starts at a base price of $106,000. The J7230B loaded with Ethernet mappings, GFP, virtual concatenation and LCAS is approximately $155,000 and can be ordered now with expected delivery in the second quarter of 2004.

For more information on the Agilent OmniBER OTN, visit Product photos are available at

For more information on Agilent's portfolio of data over next-generation SONET/SDH test solutions, visit

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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