OFC: Infinera’s 1.6T ICE6 gets a turbo charge

Created March 3, 2022
Technologies and Products

Infinera unveiled the ICE6 Turbo, claimed to be the industry’s first coherent optical solution that can operate above 100 Gbaud. Produced in Infinera’s U.S.-based fabrication centre, ICE6 Turbo is a performance-optimised configuration of Infinera’s 1.6T (2 x 800G) ICE6 coherent optical engine. With the introduction of the Turbo mode, Infinera claims the ICE6 increases its lead over competitive solutions by providing up to a 30% performance boost in high-speed applications. It says the result is the industry’s first solution that enables network operators to support 4 x 400 GbE services using a single optical engine across long-haul distances and 3 x 400 GbE services across ultra-long-haul distances, driving down the cost per bit of delivering high-speed optical services.

Infinera’s ICE6 Turbo solution leverages the capabilities of the company’s monolithic indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. The new benchmark for optical performance set by ICE6 Turbo is enabled by the holistic co-design of the various optical engine components and pioneering optical networking features including second-generation Nyquist subcarriers, long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (LC-PCS), dynamic bandwidth allocation, and soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) gain sharing.

“ICE6 Turbo builds on Infinera’s heritage of delivering innovative optical solutions that provide meaningful value for our customers,” said Ron Johnson, general manager of Infinera’s Optical Systems & Network Solutions Group. “ICE6 Turbo further pushes the boundaries of optical performance, enabling our customers to rapidly scale their networks with industry-leading economics.”

ICE6 Turbo functionality will be generally available in the early fourth quarter of 2022. ICE6 Turbo, along with currently available ICE6 solutions will be on show at OFC, booth #4027.

For more information, visit www.infinera.com



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.