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LightSpeed1000™
OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 Analysis and Emulation Card
(w/ GigE and USB 2.0)


LightSpeed1000™ - OC-3 / STM-1 and OC-12 / STM-4 Analysis Software Ver 6.1.18 
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Overview

Voice, data, and video traffic is exploding as smartphones, IP TV, video streaming, and "cloud" based services takeoff.  A majority of the backbone transport for these applications continues to be SONET and SDH optical transmission networks.  A dominant protocol for IP transport is PoS (Packet over SONET) and another is ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode).  Both schemes are packet based, with ATM using fixed size packets of 53 bytes called "cells", and PoS using variable packet sizes closely matching to Ethernet frames. 

SONET and SDH transmission network also continue to be used for conventional channelized traffic – carrying many TDM T1, E1, T3, and E3 pipes.

GL's LightSpeed1000™ hardware platform (PCIe Card and USB Pod) is capable of OC-3/12 and STM-1/4 wire-speed processing on quad optical ports for functions such as wire-speed recording and wire-speed playback of Unchannelized and Channelized ATM, PoS, and RAW Traffic.

Two ports out of the 4 ports are meant for SONET/SDH unchannelized and unframed data. The remaining two ports are meant for SONET/SDH channelized data of carrying many independent unframed/framed T1, E1, T3, and E3 streams.

The LightSpeed1000™ comes with software for overall monitoring, BERT, emulation, and protocol analysis with a price tag that compares very favorably with similar test instruments at three times the price.

In an OC-3/STM-1, all 84 T1s or all 63 E1s can be identified and processed in transmit and receive modes. In an OC-12/STM-4, all 336 T1s or all 252 E1s can be identified and processed in transmit and receive modes. The hardware can also be easily configured / programmed for delaying of ATM Cells or PPP packets.

GL Communications has the following variants of OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 Analyzers:

  • Quad OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 PCI-Express card (Windows® 7 and above 32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Portable Quad OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 Unit (Windows® 7 and above 32-bit, 64-bit)

The card's multiple connectivity using PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), USB 2.0 and onboard DDR2 memory makes it suitable for many applications.

Multiple cards are possible in a PC for analysis of four or more directions simultaneously. USB 2.0 interface is used to connect with a Notebook PC for portability. GigE Ethernet ports for testing RAW, BER, RFC2544, RAW SONET/SDH, and Ethernet bridge applications. The hardware is firmware FPGA based making it easy to upgrade in the field for application versatility.

A unique feature of the card is the capability to capture, transmit and process at wirespeed to/from applications and hard disk on all interfaces. An API Toolkit allows users to develop specialized applications.

Screen Shot of ATM Analyzer Main Screen with Alarms and Error Monitor Display

Screen Shot of PoS Analyzer Main Screen with Alarms and Error Monitor Display

Main Features

  • Wirespeed processing of ATM, PoS or RAW data for Tx and Rx for both ports (*PCIe card only).

  • Software selectable OC-3 / OC-12, or STM-1 / STM-4 for Unchannelized ATM, PoS or Transparent Traffic, and Channelized T1, E1, T3, E3 traffic.

  • Ability to capture/playback to/from disk at full rate in both directions for all ports. This permits detailed offline analysis that is not possible otherwise. Simultaneous synchronous capture is possible on all optical ports. The captured files can be played back to reproduce the traffic.

  • Comprehensive transmit/receive testing capabilities; transmitting and verifying data with incrementing sequence numbers with each packet/cell

  • Industry proven Protocol Analyzer for Unchannelized ATM (AAL2, AAL5), UMTS, and PPP ( IP and higher layer protocols) stream, and Channelized protocols such as ISDN, SS7, CAS, and more.

  • Easy to use and flexible Bit Error Rate Test (BERT) application for ATM, POS, and RAW

  • Complex and flexible hardware based filtering options: sixteen 128 bit independently filters with bit masks, for both ports with AND/OR include/exclude conditions

  • Hardware based precise time stamping of cells / packets with 10 nsec resolution, 1 ppm accuracy

  • Single mode or multi-mode fiber SFP support

  • High performance x4 PCIe interface with optimized DMA to perform Rx and Tx packets to/from PC memory

  • Precisely emulates packet delays that occur over SONET/SDH carrying ATM or PoS traffic, delay is adjustable from 1 ms to maximum of 500 mSec (*PCIe card only).

  • Flexible DMA circular buffer architecture to read and write cells and packets at wire-speed

  • Multiple cards per system for super high capacity monitoring and test system (*PCIe card only).

  • API Toolkit to develop user specific applications

  • Optional onboard SODIMM memory (DDR2) – up to 2 Giga bytes

  • Hardware independent of higher level protocol for easy adaptation of future protocols

  • Field upgradable firmware

  • Supports MS-Windows® and Linux operating systems

Packet over SONET / SDH (PoS )

PoS, or Packet over SONET / SDH - OC-3/ STM-1 and OC-12 / STM-4 is supported at full rates. Access, capture, analysis, and emulation of PPP and HDLC, all carrying IP traffic in real-time makes this card useful to many applications including Routing, Deep Packet Inspection, and other Internet traffic applications. Current PoS applications include:

  • PoS Protocol Analysis PPP Analyzer can be used to capture a host of PPP protocols exchanged between the two nodes over SONET/SDH link. User can obtain detailed analysis of higher later protocols (IP, TCP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, POP3 etc) and can perform various statistics measurements. Integrated Packet Data Analysis feature in Real-time PPP Analyzer is an outstanding tool for live monitoring of VoIP traffic. It can segregate IP traffic into SIP / H323 / Megaco / MGCP calls and collects statistics, CDRs, detailed protocol traces, ladder diagrams, and a host of other useful information about VoIP calls. For more information, refer to Packet Data Analysis in MLPPP webpage for more details.

  • PoS Tx / Rx Test – This application is an emulation and test tool that transmits fixed, random, or variable lengths test packets and checks packets on receive at a user specified data transmission rate.

  • Wirespeed capture of PoS packets to hard disk on both ports simultaneously; with filtering and time stamping of packets. All packets are captured into GL’s file format for further processing. Offline utility can convert it into GL’s HDL file format or PCAP format. User can also develop application to process the captured file.

  • Multiple Versatile filters ( ex PPP, IP, UDP etc) can be applied to incoming traffic to allow only traffic of interest.

  • Transmit Packets from File – Allows to playback already captured data file to recreate traffic in controlled environment. Also user created traffic file can be played back to generate user traffic.

  • PoS BERT – supports the following PRBS Patterns: 29– 1, 211– 1, 215– 1, 220– 1, 223– 1, 229– 1, 231– 1, all one's, all zero's, alternate ones and zeros, user-defined pattern of lengths from 2 to 32 bits, invert and non-invert selections, single bit error insertion, error insert rate from 10-1 to 10-9, status for pattern sync, bit error counters, packet rate and packet gap configuration options, configurable header lengths and header information

  • Alarms and error (section, path, and line) monitoring and logging.

  • Network Delay Emulator - The Network Delay Emulator application provides full duplex delay simulation for PoS and ATM based traffic from 1 ms to 500 ms, with incremental delays of 1 ms. The application combines hardware and software based functions to achieve precision and flexibility. It can emulate packet delays that occur over SONET/SDH carrying ATM/PoS traffic

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

ATM over SONT/SDH - OC-3/ STM-1 OC-12 / STM-4 is supported at full rates. Access, capture, analysis, and emulation of ATM cells at wire-speed make this interface capability applicable for wide ranging next generation networks. Current ATM applications include

  • ATM Protocol Analysis ATM Analyzer is used to analyze and view ATM protocols across the U-plane for both NNI and UNI interface carrying AAL0, AAL2 and AAL5 traffic.

  • UMTS Protocol Analysis UMTS analyzer is capable of capturing, decoding and performing various test measurements across various interfaces i.e. Iub, Iur, IuCS and IuPS interfaces of the UMTS network. In addition, it supports ATM as the transport layer. It helps in fault diagnosis and troubleshooting UMTS network.

  • ATM Tx / Rx Test - an emulation and test capability that transmits ATM test cells and/or analyzes the received cells at a user specified data transmission rate.

  • Wirespeed capture of ATM packets to hard disk on both ports simultaneously; With filtering and time stamping of packets. All packets are captured into GL’s file format for further processing. Offline utility can convert it into GL’s HDL file format or PCAP format. User can also develop application to process the captured file.

  • Multiple Versatile filters (VPI, VCI, User Data etc) can be applied to incoming traffic to allow only traffic of interest.

  • Transmit Packets from File – to playback already captured data file to recreate traffic in controlled environment. Also user created traffic file can be played back to generate user traffic.

  • ATM BERT - support for industry standard PRBS Patterns: 29– 1, 211– 1, 215– 1, 220– 1, 223– 1, 229– 1,
    231– 1, all one's, all zero's, alternate ones and zeros, user-defined pattern of lengths from 2 to 32 bits, invert and non-invert selections, single bit error insertion, error insert rate from 10-1 to 10-9. HEC error insertion, on receive filtering is provided for idle cells, GFC, VPI, VCI, CL, and PT cells, statistical details for total cells, valid cells, idle cells, filtered cells, and filtered out cells

  • Alarms and error (section, path, and line) monitoring and logging

  • Network Delay Emulator - The Network Delay Emulator application provides full duplex delay simulation for PoS and ATM based traffic from 1 ms to 500 ms, with incremental delays of 1 ms. The application combines hardware and software based functions to achieve precision and flexibility. It can emulate packet delays that occur over SONET/SDH carrying ATM/PoS traffic.

SONET/SDH RAW (or Transparent) Payload

RAW mode captures or playbacks anything and everything on SONET/SDH. This mode allows capturing/replaying including SONET/SDH Framing and payload. Here payload can be anything, including structured traffic (T1, E1, STS-1, DS3 etc) or unstructured traffic (ATM, PoS, GFP etc). Raw or transparent mode allows direct access to the SONET / SDH payload for BERT, data transmit and receive applications. Current applications include:

  • RAW BERT - support for the following PRBS Patterns: 29– 1, 211– 1, 215– 1, 220– 1, 223– 1, 229– 1, 231– 1, all one's, all zero's, alternate ones and zeros, user-defined pattern of lengths from 2 to 32 bits, invert and non-invert selections, single bit error insertion, error insert rate from 10-1 to 10-9, status for pattern sync, and bit errors counters

  • Wirespeed capture of raw data to hard disk on both ports simultaneously. The data is recorded in 64 bytes block with appropriate header.

  • Playback of recorded data from file at wirespeed on one or both ports.

  • Alarms and Error monitoring and logging at SONET/SDH level.

  • Network Delay Emulator - The Network Delay Emulator application provides full duplex delay simulation for PoS and ATM based traffic from 1 ms to 500 ms, with incremental delays of 1 ms. The application combines hardware and software based functions to achieve precision and flexibility. It can emulate packet delays that occur over SONET/SDH carrying ATM/PoS traffic. This mode is applicable only for Applicable only for PCI express based cards.

Specifications

Interfaces:

  • High Performance x4 PCIe Compliance with optimized DMA to perform Rx and Tx packets to/from PC memory.
  • 4 Optical Ports
    • 2 Unchannelized Ports (STM1/OC3 and STM4/OC12)
    • 2 Channelized Ports (STM1/OC3)
  • 1 USB 2.0 Port

Alarm LEDs:

  • LOS – LOS (Loss of Signal) is a physical layer error, which indicates loss in optical signal.
  • LOF - LOF (Loss of Frames) becomes active when receiving interface detects errors in the framing pattern for three milliseconds. This will be indicated using the frame alignment bytes A1 and A2. LOF is cleared when two consecutive valid A1/A2 framing patterns are received.
  • User – A user-defined LED can be configured by the user as per the requirements.

Bus Interface:

  • PCIe Specification 1.2 Compliant

Power and Dimensions:

  • 4.2” x 9.2”
  • +12 volts, 3.5 Amps

Traffic

  • Structured (T1, E1. DS0)
  • Unstructured (OC3/STM1, OC12/STM4)
  • Transparent Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) (Raw)
  • Hardware Filters to filter out and allow only traffic of interest

Regulatory and Compliance

  • Telecom (OC3): Telcordia GR-253 (SONET)
  • ITU-T G.707 (SDH) , G.783 (03/06)

Channelized Protocols (Structured)

  • High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC)
  • Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), RFC 1662
  • Multilink PPP (MLPPP), RFC 1990
  • Frame Relay, RFC 1490
  • Multilink support over Frame Relay (FRF.12) and MLPPP
  • ATM IMA
  • GSM, TRAU, GPRS, UMTS over ATM
  • SS7, ISDN, CAS, SS1, SSM
  • V5.x, DCME, FDL (T1 Interface only)

UnChannelized Protocols (Unstructured)

  • Packet Over Sonet/SDH (PoS) compliance - RFC 2615(1619)/1662
  • ATM User Network Interface (UNI) Specification and the ATM physical layer for Broadband ISDN according to CCITT Recommendation I.432

Clock

  • Internal or Recovered
  • Hardware based precise time-stamping of cells with 10 nsec resolution, 1 ppm accuracy.

Functional Specifications

Support for Channelized OC3 to T1, Channelized STM1 to E1, full, fractional, or channelized T1/E1
Up to 84 T1 per port (or 2* 84 = 168 T1s per card)
Up to 63 E1 per port ( or 2* 63 = 126 E1s per card)
SONET multiplexing:
OC3 -> STS-3 -> STS-1 -> VTG -> VT1.5 -> T1 -> N x DS-0
OC3 -> STS-3 -> STS-1 -> VTG -> VT2-> E1 -> N x DS-0

SDH multiplexing:
STM1 -> AUG -> AU-4 -> VC-4 -> TUG-3 -> TUG-2 -> TU-12 -> VC-12 -> E1
STM1 -> AUG -> AU-4 -> VC-4 -> TUG-3 -> TUG-2 -> TU-11 -> VC-11 -> T1
STM1 -> AUG --> AU-3 -> VC-3 --> TUG-2 --> TU-12 -> VC-12 --> E1
STM1 -> AUG --> AU-3 -> VC-3 --> TUG-2 --> TU-11 -> VC-11 --> T1

Physical Layer Alarms and Error Counts

On SONET and SDH
Alarms - Loss of Light (LOL), Loss of Signal (LOS), Out of Frame (OOF), Loss of Frame (LOF), Alarm Indication Signal (AIS), Remote Defect Indication (RDI), and Automatic protection switch byte failure (APSBF)

  • Line, Path, and Section error counts - Bit-Interleaved Parity (BIP), Remote Error Indication (REI)
  • FCS, Rx / Tx Abort, and MIN / MAX Length

T1/E1
Sync Loss, HDB3 Violation, Carrier Loss, Frame Error, Remote, Distant MF, AIS,
BPV Errors, CRC Errors, Frame Errors, Transmit Under Run, Receive Over Run

Loopback Capabilities

  • Line, Diagnostic, and PL3 Loopback at SONET SDH level
  • Software loopback at T1/E1 levels

Monitoring Applications

For T1/E1

  • Byte Values, Binary Byte Values, Signalling Bits, DC Offset, Frequency,
  • Power Level, Multi-frame Data, Timeslot Displays, ASCII Timeslot Display,
  • Oscilloscope and Spectral Displays provide graphical analysis of signals

On SONET and SDH

  • Monitoring Alarms and Error Counts

Intrusive Test Applications

For T1/E1

  • Bit error rate testing (BERT) pattern generation and detection per channel
  • Transmit Tone, Transmit Gaussian Noise, Transmit Multiframe
  • Transmit Signalling Bits, and Rx-to-Tx loopback

Buyer's Guide

Item No Item Description
LTS100 Lightspeed1000™ - OC3/12 STM1/4 PCIe Card
LTS105 Lightspeed1000™ - Portable OC3/12 STM1/4 USB Unit
  Unchannelized Analysis and Emulation Applications
LTS200 OC-3 / STM-1 ATM Monitor, BERT, Tx/Rx Test, RAW
LTS300 OC-12 / STM-4 ATM Monitor, BERT, Tx/Rx Test
LTS201 OC-3 / STM-1 PoS Monitor, BERT, Tx/Rx Test, RAW
LTS301 OC-12 / STM-4 PoS Monitor, BERT, Tx/Rx Test
LTS202 OC-3 / STM-1 ATM and RAW Record / Playback
LTS302 OC-12 / STM-4 ATM and RAW Record / Playback
LTS203 OC-3 / STM-1 PoS and RAW Record / Playback
LTS303 OC-12 / STM-4 PoS and RAW Record / Playback
LTS204 OC-3 / STM-1 ATM Protocol Analysis
LTS304 OC-12 / STM-4 ATM Protocol Analysis
LTS205 OC-3 / STM-1 PoS Protocol Analysis
LTS215

Packet Data Analysis (PDA) for PoS OC3 / STM1

LTS305 OC-12 / STM-4 PoS Protocol Analysis
LTS315 Packet Data Analysis (PDA) for PoS OC12 / STM4
LTS206 OC-3 / STM-1 UMTS Protocol Analysis

LTS216

Packet Data Analysis (PDA) UMTS OC3 / STM1

LTS306 OC-12 / STM-4 UMTS Protocol Analysis
LTS316 Packet Data Analysis (PDA) UMTS OC3 / STM1
LTS207 Delay Emulation for OC3 / STM1 PoS payloads
LTS307 Delay Emulation for OC12 / STM4 PoS payloads
LTS208 Delay Emulation for OC3 / STM1 ATM payloads
LTS308 Delay Emulation for OC12 / STM4 ATM payloads
  Channelized Analysis and Emulation Applications
LTS501
LTS502
Basic Capability to Rx/Tx RAW OC3 / STM1
Basic Capability to Rx/Tx RAW OC12 / STM4
LTS503
LTS504
Record Playback RAW OC3 / STM1
Record Playback RAW OC12 / STM4
LTS108
LTS116
LTS124
LTS132
LTS164
Any 16 Ports Channelized License for OC3 / STM1
Any 32 Ports Channelized License for OC3 / STM1
Any 48 Ports Channelized License for OC3 / STM1
Any 64 Ports Channelized License for OC3 / STM1
All Ports Channelized Licenses for OC3 / STM1 (84x2 for T1, 63x2 for E1)
LTEXXX
LTTXXX
Channelized Options for E1(ISDN, SS7, HDLC)
Channelized Options for T1 (ISDN, SS7, HDLC)
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