E100 Chimera

Network Emulation up to 100Gbps

Use E100 Chimera to impair Ethernet traffic at five speeds up to 100Gbps to emulate real-world network behavior.

E100 Chimera represents great value with these top features:

  • True wire-speed impairment @ 100Gbps (plus 50 / 40 / 25 & 10Gbps)
  • Ease of use – E100 Chimera is a stand-alone impairment tool that integrates seamlessly with Xena’s traffic generator, letting you speed up your work flow by using the same SW to both generate and impair Ethernet traffic.
  • Highest port density in the industry – plus you can reserve individual port-pairs without blocking access to the others
  • Setting up custom impairment distributions is a breeze
  • E100q Chimera supports a broad range of impairments (latency/jitter, packet & port impairments, flexible distributions, BW shaping etc)
  • Powerful, easy-to-use automation & scripting options

→ 7 reasons for choosing E100 Chimera (PDF)
→ How to test resiliency of 5G Ran Fronthaul with E100 Chimera (PDF)
→ Case Study on O-RAN Latency Testing (PDF)

Example of Emulated Network with Chimera

E100qc Chimera functions as a standalone traffic impairment emulator. Or it can be installed in a XenaBay chassis to seamlessly impair traffic up to 100Gbps generated by other Xena test modules.

Learn how to test the resiliency of your
5G RAN fronthaul solution using E100 Chimera


E100 Chimera is available as a 1-slot test module for the B2400 XenaBay chassis, where XenaManager is used to emulate impairment as part of its standard user-interface.

E100qc Chimera is the standalone version where the test module is installed in a quiet desktop-sized chassis.

Both versions can test 5 speeds: 100G, 50G, 40G, 25G and 10G.

Chimera Traffic Emulator Module
Chimera Traffic Emulator Compact Solution


E100 Chimera & XenaManager – seamless traffic generation & impairment

When installed in a XenaBay chassis, XenaManager detects the presence of the E100 Chimera and makes the software options available for adding impairment. This makes it very easy for test engineers to emulate impairment via the same GUI they use for generating Ethernet traffic.

Chimera impairment flows

This diagram illustrates how the E100 Chimera test module emulates impairment. Incoming traffic enters a flow filter and different types of impairment are then added (as defined in the UI), with each traffic flow being processed in a prioritized order.

Types of test

Performance Testing

Performance testing focuses the performance of a DUT via parameters like maximum throughput, latency and jitter.

When performance testing includes analysis of how a DUT can send traffic through a network E100 Chimera emulates realistic network conditions including impairments that are likely to occur when a signal passes through a network.

QoS and Service Validation

E100 Chimera offers network emulation for QoS and service validation testing. By adding latency, packet drop and other impairments the user can test that a system under test can maintain a high QoS and service quality guarantee despite difficult network conditions.

Functional Testing

Functional testing verifies the basic functionality of the DUT and will depend on the DUT and the application.

E100 Chimera provides a wide range of network emulation features for functional testing, including latency and other typical impairments.

Security Testing

Security testing is usually conducted during development to reveal how a DUT handles abnormal conditions.

E100 Chimera makes it easy for users to apply all kinds of network conditions to analyze and verify the behavior DUT.

Software Application Testing

Software application testing can cover many parameters depending on the application. The testing can be done to verify the basic functionality of the software and to see how it performs under different network conditions. E100 Chimera provides a wide range of network emulation features to emulate network conditions, including latency and other typical  impairments.

Chimera test


All the documentation about E100 Chimera products

ChimeraFactsheet – brief product overviewDatasheet – detailed technical specificationsUser Manual – complete details of how to use Chimera
XenaManagerDatasheetStep by Step GuideWebpage
Scripting CLIDatasheetScripting GuideWebpage

See how easy it is to emulate Ethernet impairment using E100 Chimera

Traffic Emulator Software
  • Step-by-step guide to how E100 Chimera works using Xena’s live demo system. Watch now
  • How to add some basic types of latency and jitter to Ethernet traffic using E100 Chimera. Watch now
  • How to use E100 Chimera to limit the bandwidth of Ethernet packet flows passing through a device, using the policers and shapers of the impairment pipeline. Watch now
  • How to use E100 Chimera flow filters to map incoming packets to up to 8 different flows per port. Each flow can then be independently impaired. Watch now
  • How and why Xena’s E100 Chimera impairment emulator can help with performance testing of 5G Fronthaul. Watch now

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