SOURCE: Infinera

March 06, 2006 20:23 ET

Infinera Launches Wide-Dispersion PIC

Two Photonic Chips, I-PIC100 and I-PIC150, Now Available

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2006 --Infinera has begun shipping a second large-scale photonic integrated circuit (PIC) with greater dispersion tolerance. The new PIC is named the I-PIC150. The choice of two PICs, each optimized for different dispersion characteristics, will help service providers build more cost-effective networks over any type of fiber plant.

The new I-PIC150 has double the dispersion tolerance of the current I-PIC100 model. Both models are currently available.

Chromatic dispersion, the tendency of light signals in wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks to shift slightly in frequency as they travel over long distances, is corrected by dispersion compensation, typically at the receiving end of the signal. The Infinera DTN Digital Optical Network system leverages its digital and electronic capabilities by offering proprietary electronic dispersion compensation built in to each DTN system. The I-PIC150 further enhances the cost-effectiveness of the DTN solution by offering greater dispersion tolerance, and greater flexibility across all types of fiber plant.

"The Infinera DTN is the only solution that combines the transport capability of WDM with reconfigurable switching and GMPLS network intelligence," said Infinera co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Dave Welch. "By optimizing the I-PIC150 for greater dispersion tolerance, we have taken another important step to making the Infinera DTN the best optical networking system for all kinds of networks."

PIC Technology Reaches Maturity

Each PIC has a data rate of 100 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) and includes about 50 optical devices on a single chip smaller than a human fingernail. The Infinera DTN optical system, based on I-PIC technology, is the only optical system that transmits and receives data at 100 Gb/s per line card, the greatest bandwidth density in the industry. Introduction of a second PIC model is further evidence that photonic integration is a mature technology, and will become a requirement for all scalable optical networks.

The Infinera DTN system, based on the Infinera PIC, has been deployed for more than a year, on three continents and in long-haul, metro, and regional applications. Infinera's PIC technology has now logged two million hours of live operation in the field without a single PIC failure.

"Photonic integration is becoming a mature and stable technology," commented Dave Welch. "The advantages of photonic integration, in terms of density, cost, and perhaps most importantly, reliability, are so great that we will soon see integration spreading more widely into more parts of the optical networking industry."

Last week Infinera announced a commitment to deliver its Tributary Adapter Module or TAM to any customer within ten days, further leveraging the benefits of Digital Optical Networks by enabling its customers to offer the fastest service delivery time in the telecom industry.

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 optical networks with simpler engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and more flexible networking. For more information, please visit

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