M6SFP-E - Enhanced test module - low-cost 6 port 1 Gigabit Ethernet test module


The M6SFP-E is an enhanced version of Xena’s low-cost 6 port 1 Gigabit Ethernet test module. It offers more transmit streams, more modifers per stream and support for Priority Flow Control.

M6SFP-E – Enhanced test module

The M6SFP-E is a 6 port 1 Gigabit Ethernet test module. An enhanced version of Xena’s entry level M6SFP test module, the M6SFP-E offers more transmit streams (256 instead of 32) six modifiers per stream (instead of 2) as well as support for Priority Flow Control.

The M6SFP-E is available for both the 4U 12-slot XenaBay chassis and the robust transportable 1U XenaCompact chassis, and is provided with Xena’s full range of complimentary software.

Interface category10/100/1000M Ethernet
Number of test ports6 x 10/100/1000M
Interface options10/100/1000BASE-T 1) or 1000BASE-X (SFP-MSA) or 100BASE-FX 2) or 100BASE-BX 2)
Number of transceiver module cages6 x SFP
Port statistics 3)Link state, FCS errors, pause frames, ARP/PING, error injections, training packet
All traffic: RX and TX Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes
Traffic w/o test payload: RX and TX Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes
Adjustable Inter Frame Gap (IFG)Configurable from 16 to 56 bytes, default is 20B (12B IFG + 8B preamble)
Transmit line rate adjustmentAbility to adjust the effective line rate by forcing idle gaps equivalent to -1000 ppm (increments of 10 ppm)
ARP/PINGSupported (configurable IP and MAC address per port)
Field upgradeableSystem is fully field upgradeable to product releases (FPGA images and Software)
Histogram statistics 3)Two real-time histograms per port. Each histogram can measure one of RX/TX packet length, IFG, jitter, or latency distribution for all traffic, a specific stream, or a filter
Tx disableEnable/disable of optical laser or copper link
IGMPv2 multicast join/leave)IGMPv2 continuous multicast join, with configurable repeat interval
Oscillator characteristics• Initial Accuracy is 3 ppm
• Frequency drift over 1st year: +/- 3 ppm (over 15 years: +/- 15 ppm)
• Temperature Stability: +/- 20 ppm (Total Stability is +/- 35 ppm)
Number of transmit streams per port256 (wire-speed) continuous
Test payload insertion per streamWire-speed packet generation with timestamps, sequence numbers, and data integrity signature optionally inserted into each packet.
Stream statistics 3)TX Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes, FCS error, Pause
Bandwidth profilesBurst size and density can be specified. Uniform and bursty bandwidth profile streams can be interleaved
Field modifiers16-bit header field modifiers with inc, dec, or random mode. Each modifier has configurable bit-mask, repetition, min, max, and step parameters. 6 modifiers per stream.
Packet length controlsFixed, random, butterfly, and incrementing packet length distributions. Packet length from 56 to 16384 bytes
Packet payloadsRepeated user specified 1 to 18B pattern, a 8-bit incrementing pattern
Error generationUndersize length (56B min) and oversize length (16384 max.) packet lengths, injection of sequence, misorder, payload integrity, and FCS errors
TX packet header support and RX autodecodesEthernet, Ethernet II, VLAN, ARP, IPv4, IPv6, UDP, TCP, LLC, SNAP, GTP, ICMP, RTP, RTCP, STP, MPLS, PBB, or fully specified by user
Packet scheduling modes- Normal (stream interleaved mode). Standard scheduling mode, precise rates, minor variation in packet inter-frame gap.
- Strict Uniform. New scheduling mode, with 100% uniform packet inter-frame gap, minor deviation from configured rates
- Sequential packet scheduling (sequential stream scheduling). Streams are scheduled continuously in sequential order, with configurable number of packets per stream
Number of traceable Rx streams per port648 (wire-speed)
Automatic detection of test payload for received packetsReal-time reporting of statistics and latency, loss, payload integrity, sequence error, and misorder error checking
Jitter measurementJitter (Packet Delay Variation) measurements compliant to MEF10 standard with 8 ns accuracy. Jitter can be measured on up to 32 streams.
Stream statistics 3)- RX Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes.
- Loss, payload integrity errors, sequence errors, misorder errors
- Min latency, max latency, average latency
- Min jitter, max jitter, average jitter
Latency measurements accuracy±16/32 ns (opto/elec).
Latency measurement resolution 8 ns (Latency measurements can calibrate and remove latency from transceiver modules)
Number of filters:6 x 64-bit user-definable match-term patterns with mask, and offset
6 x frame length comparator terms (longer, shorter)
6 x user-defined filters expressed from AND/OR’ing of the match and length terms.
Filter statistics 3)Per filter: RX Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes.
Capture criteriaAll traffic, stream, FCS errors, filter match, or traffic without test payloads
Capture start/stop triggersCapture start and stop trigger: none, FCS error, filter match
Capture limit per packet16 – 16384 bytes
Wire-speed capture buffer per port16 – 16384 bytes
Wire-speed capture buffer per port16 kB
Low speed capture buffer per port (10Mbit/sec)4096 packets (any size)
1) Requires Finisar SFP transceiver FCLF-8521-3 with sgmii host interface
2) Requires Source Photonics SFP transceivers with sgmii host interface
3) Counter size: 64 bits


  • Supports Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • 256 tx streams
  • 6 modifiers per stream
  • Free software
  • Free 12-month hardware warranty
  • 36 months free software updates
  • Free tech support for product lifetime

Includes this free software:

XenaManager-2G software xena-scripting-270 xena-2544-270 xena-2889-270 xena-1564-270 xena-3918-270

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