Keysight, Nokia, demo 800GbE

Created August 3, 2022
Technologies and Products

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

The readiness testing was conducted at Nokia’s private SReXperts customer event in Madrid in June 2022, and included Keysight’s AresONE 800GBE Layer 1-3 800GbE line rate test platform and the Nokia 7750 Service Routing platform. The AresONE was used to test and qualify Nokia’s FP5 network processor silicon along with 800 pluggable optics. Specific Nokia platforms used in the validation were the FP5 based 7750 SR-1x-48D supporting 48 ports of 800GbE and the 7750 SR-1se supporting 36 ports of 800GbE.

Nokia’s FP5 silicon delivers 112G SerDes which enables 800GbE support in hardware. FP5 enables networks to scale capacity and concurrently IP subscriber services while maintaining integrity, providing advanced protection against escalating network security threats, and lowering power consumption. Nokia is the first vendor to ship high-density 800GbE systems this year with platforms supporting a range of 36 x 800GbE in compact fixed platforms to 432 ports of 800GbE in the flagship 7750 SR-14s.

Nokia says that with the move to the 800GbE pluggable optics on front panel ports, interconnect and link reliability requires a new round of validation cycles to support carrier-class environments. These high-speed interfaces create a unique challenge as new 800GbE capable silicon devices, optical transceivers and high bandwidth Ethernet speeds must be accurately tested.

“The move to 800GbE presents service providers and vendors in the supply chain with new challenges to validate chips, optical transceivers, or networking equipment port electronics,” said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and general manager, Keysight’s Network Test and Security Solutions group. “The unique combination of the Keysight AresONE 800GbE test system and Nokia’s 7750 Service Router addresses the interoperability challenges in 112Gbps electrical lane signaling and supports the service provider community to accelerate validation of carrier-class 800GbE devices and network infrastructure in a multi-service environment.”

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Keysight and showcase our FP5 silicon in this important, world’s first demonstration,” said Ken Kutzler, vice president of IP Routing Hardware at Nokia. “Nokia’s industry leading, innovative FP5 silicon is the first network processor silicon for high-performance routing to meet the demands of the 800GbE network upgrade cycle. The combination of Keysight’s AresONE 800GbE with Nokia’s FP5 and 7750 SR platform meets both the performance and verification needs of our 800GbE IP routing interfaces.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.