Infinera and Corning Achieve 800G Across 800 Kilometres with ICE6

Created March 3, 2020
Applications and Research

In what has become a stream of such announcements, Infinera and Corning have announced delivering an 800Gbps single wavelength with Infinera’s sixth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE6) technology across 800 kilometres on Corning’s TXF® optical fibre. The success of Infinera and Corning’s 800G trial demonstrates the benefits of an industry leading coherent 800G solution with superior fibre designed to help meet growing bandwidth demands for network operators from metro to subsea network applications.

The demonstration leveraged Infinera’s ICE6 technology in a Groove (GX) Series platform transmitting 800G using 64QAM with probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS). This achievement was accomplished using Corning’s state-of-the-art TXF fibre, an ITU-T G.654.E compliant, ultra-low-loss, silica-core fibre with large effective area. The demonstration highlighted the advanced features of Infinera’s vertically integrated ICE6 technology, including Nyquist subcarriers, per-subcarrier long-codeword PCS, and per-subcarrier dynamic bandwidth allocation.

“This demonstration proves that 800G transmission using Infinera’s industry-leading technology enables a wide variety of network applications and is further enhanced by Corning’s innovative TXF fibre,” said Parthi Kandappan, Chief Technology Officer at Infinera. “This achievement is made possible by Infinera’s high degree of vertical integration including our in-house digital signal processor design, photonic integrated circuit design and manufacturing, and holistic inhouse packaging.”

“We are pleased to work with Infinera to demonstrate how our combined leading-edge technologies can maximise capacity and reach,” said Jeanne Propst, division vice president, product line management, Optical Fibre and Cable, Corning Incorporated. “Our TXF fibre, with its high-data-rate capabilities and exceptional reach, helps network operators stay ahead of growing bandwidth demands while lowering their overall network costs.”

ICE6 combines Infinera’s sixth-generation photonic integrated circuit with its in-house-developed 7-nanometer dual-channel 800G per-wave FlexCoherent® digital signal processor.

For more information, visit www.infinera.com

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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.