SOURCE: Infinera

Infinera

September 18, 2009 12:00 ET

Infinera Expands R&D With New Ottawa Design Center

Focus Is on Next-Gen Optical Systems

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2009) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has added to its optical networking research and development team with the opening of a new design center in Ottawa, Ontario. Ottawa is a longtime center for optical networking development, and Infinera's new center of excellence will tap into the deep pool of experience and expertise available there.

Infinera's 400 Gigabit/second (Gb/s) photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is in development today at Infinera's development centers and fab facility in Sunnyvale, California. Future generations of Infinera optical systems will be designed to take ever-increasing advantage of advanced signal processing technologies to process vast amounts of data transmitted and received by these and higher capacity PICs. Dr. Kuang-Tsan Wu, who has joined Infinera to lead the Ottawa team, is one of the world's foremost experts in designing optical systems using high-speed electronics and advanced modulation formats. Prior to joining Infinera, Dr. Wu led the team that architected Nortel's 40 Gb/s coherent receivers with advanced signal processing technologies. Infinera is currently advertising for a small number of additional engineers to join the Ottawa team. (Please see http://www.infinera.com/career/ourjobs.html for further details.)

"I'm very excited to join Infinera and work alongside some of the top engineers in the industry and inside the most innovative optical company in the world," commented Dr. Kuang-Tsan Wu. "The combination of the PIC and advanced signal processing technologies provides an opportunity to create a significant disruption in future optical systems," he added.

Advancing Optical Frontiers at ECOC

Infinera will speak at three events at next week's ECOC trade show, highlighting technical advances in Infinera's photonic integration technology and the disruptive impact photonic integration has exerted upon optical networks today and is expected to continue to exert in the future. Infinera Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Dr. Dave Welch will participate in two workshops on Sunday, September 20. The first will address "Energy Efficiency in Next Generation Core Networks and Switches" while the second will address "Monolithic and Hybrid Photonic Integrated Transceivers for Advanced Modulation Formats -- PIC Technologies for Advanced Modulation Formats." Also on the ECOC conference program, Infinera's Mehrdad Ziari will discuss "Large Scale Integration of Photonic Integrated Circuits on Indium Phosphide and High-Index-Contrast Si Platforms."

The common theme running through all these Infinera presentations will be the dramatic benefits photonic integration yields in terms of cost, space consumption, power consumption, scalability, and reliability of optical systems. With a fourfold increase in the capacity of PICs expected, Infinera's next generation systems will be designed to deliver further benefits in all these areas. ECOC takes place in Vienna, Austria from September 20-24. Further information is available at http://www.ecocexhibition.com/.

"We believe the advantages of photonic integration are even more compelling at 400 Gb/s than they have been at 100 Gb/s," commented Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh. "Infinera believes that putting the best people together is key to finding the best solutions to the challenges facing the world's networks, and establishing ourselves in Ottawa increases our ability to recruit the best of the best."

The Infinera DTN is the first optical networking system powered by photonic integrated circuits. Deployed worldwide in long-haul and metro core networks, the Infinera DTN combines high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.

About Infinera

Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Infinera's systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Infinera's systems and PIC technology are designed to provide customers with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.infinera.com/.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including that future generations of Infinera optical systems will be designed to take advantage of advanced electronics to process vast amounts of data transmitted and received by these and higher capacity PICs; that Infinera is the most innovative optical company in the world; that the PIC and advanced signal processing technologies provides an opportunity to create a significant disruption in future optical systems; that the disruptive impact photonic integration has exerted upon optical networks now and in the future; that Infinera's photonic integration will yield benefits in terms of cost, space consumption, power consumption, scalability, and reliability of optical systems; and that future PICs will achieve a fourfold increase in the capacity and next generation systems will be designed to deliver further benefits in all these areas. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property, our manufacturing process is very complex, product performance problems we may encounter, our dependence on sole or limited source suppliers, our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, our ability to maintain effective internal controls, the ability of our contract manufacturers to perform as we expect, a new technology being developed that replaces the PIC as the dominant technology in optical networks, general political, economic and market conditions and events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks that may impact Infinera's business are set forth in our annual report Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 17, 2009, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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