SOURCE: Infinera

June 12, 2008 12:52 ET

Infinera Pushes the Optical Frontiers at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

New System With Future Scalability to 8 Terabits, Live 100 GbE Demo on Display

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) will display two important advances in optical networking at its booth at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 08. The new Infinera ILS2 line system, with up to 160 DWDM channels in the C-band, and future scalability up to 8 Terabits/second (Tb/s), will be on display at the Infinera booth. In addition, Infinera will be showing a demonstration transmitting 100 Gigabit Ethernet traffic live in the booth, using a 100 GbE Infinera Tributary Adapter Module running in a production Infinera DTN system.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo takes place from Tuesday June 24th to Friday June 27th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Exhibit Hall opens on Wednesday at 2pm and the Infinera booth, Booth #123, is in Section 1 of the Hall.

We believe that the Infinera ILS2, which will be released this summer, will set a new standard in optical system capacity, optical reach, and spectral density. It incorporates many new features and capabilities into the Infinera platform, which has seen tremendous success with the cable industry since its launch four years ago. The ILS2 employs a 25 Gigahertz (GHz) grid to pack 160 DWDM channels in the C-band, for total capacity of 1.6 Tb/s when used with today's Infinera DTN line cards, with capacity of 100 Gigabits/second (Gb/s) per line card. Infinera believes that the future introduction of next-generation photonic integrated circuits (PICs) will boost ILS2 system capacity to a future 8 Tb/s. Infinera has developed a new silicon-based PIC platform for passive PICs that supports the wavelength multiplexing on a 25 Ghz grid. [Click the following links for further information on Infinera's ILS2 and passive PICs.]

The ILS2 also offers a new optical bypass feature, which enables Infinera systems to pass through a portion of traffic in sites where add/drop is not required, making Infinera networks more flexible and economic than before. The Digital Optical Networks architecture delivers the full benefits of a digital ROADM while optical express delivers the cost-effectiveness of an optical solution.

Bandwidth Virtualization

Infinera's Bandwidth Virtualization™ enables an Infinera network to deliver a wide variety of services, including Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet over an existing optical infrastructure without significant optical re-engineering. Infinera has been a leader in providing cost-effective Ethernet transport, and today Infinera believes that it is well positioned as a leader in the race to develop 100 GbE standards and products. On display at the Infinera Booth at this year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will be a live demonstration of 100 GbE services, marking a significant step forward in the development process. Developed in conjunction with Infinera partners Ixia and Avago Technologies, this demonstration implements the new Multi-Lane Distribution protocol architecture, a key enabling technology for economical 100 GbE solutions. In the demo, an Infinera 100 GbE Tributary Adapter Module (TAM) installed in an Infinera line card will transmit and receive 100 GbE services, with performance metrics viewable on the Ixia XM2 chassis. This prototype 100 GbE TAM, in a form-factor which fits inside today's Infinera line card, is ready to be productized as soon as 100 GbE demand has reached sufficient critical mass to sustain a commercial market.

"With Bandwidth Virtualization, integrated switching, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence, Infinera solutions are delivering value for cable providers nationwide, and with ILS2 we are adding many important new capabilities," said Infinera Director of Marketing for Cable Gaylord Hart. "We look forward to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo as an opportunity to update customers on our latest developments."

The Infinera booth will be staffed by experienced Infinera sales and marketing specialists who can provide descriptions of Infinera's 100 GbE and ILS2 demos, as well as in-depth descriptions of the advantages of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture enabled by large-scale photonic integration. The Infinera DTN is a digital ROADM enabled by Infinera's PICs which integrate more than 60 optical devices on a pair of chips for an aggregate data rate of 100 Gb/s. To make an appointment for a visit to the Infinera booth, contact your Infinera representative. Press and analysts are encouraged to arrange a meeting by contacting the Infinera representatives below.

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 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 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 such as the benefits and capabilities or our products, such as our belief that the ILS2 will scale up to 8 Tb/s in the future and up to 160 DWDM channels in the C-band, that the ILS2 will be released this summer, our belief that ILS2 will set a new standard in optical system capacity, optical reach, and spectral density, that the future introduction of next-generation photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with capacity of 400 Gb/s per chip will boost ILS2 system capacity to 6.4 Tb/s, that the optical bypass feature will make Infinera networks more flexible and economic than before, that the Digital Optical Networks architecture delivers the full benefits of a digital ROADM while optical express delivers the cost-effectiveness of an optical solution, that we are well positioned as a leader in the race to develop 100 GbE standards and products, that Bandwidth Virtualization™ enables an Infinera network to deliver a wide variety of services over an existing optical infrastructure without significant optical re-engineering, that Infinera solutions are delivering value for cable providers nationwide, and that that Multi-Lane Distribution protocol architecture will be a key enabling technology for economical 100 GbE solutions and other statements that 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 and uncertainties described more fully in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2008, our public announcements, reports to stockholders and other documents 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 assume 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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