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ICE6 800G Generation Optical Engine

Minimize Optical TCO with Industry-leading Performance Over Any Network with 800G

The sixth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE6), from Infinera’s Advanced Coherent Optical Engines and Subsystems, is a 1.6 Tb/s optical engine that delivers two independently programmable wavelengths at up to 800 Gb/s each. Utilizing a 7-nm CMOS process node DSP and advanced PIC technology, ICE6 leverages ultra-high baud rates, high modem SNR, and innovative features to break performance and spectral efficiency barriers, including 800G single-wavelength performance over 1000+ km in a commercial network. ICE6 is also shattering optical transmission expectations at lower rates, including 600 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s per wavelength.

ICE6 enables network operators to meet the demands of rapid bandwidth growth by providing the greatest capacity at the greatest reach, resulting in a solution with the lowest cost and power per bit and the highest spectral efficiency possible. With Instant Bandwidth, ICE6 extends service providers’ ability to rapidly increase, move, and retire transmission capacity when and where they need it.

800G wavelengths offer the lowest cost per bit for network operators
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Boost Capacity-Reach

Boost Capacity-Reach – State-of-the-art maximum baud rates of 96 Gbaud for ICE6 and over 100 Gbaud for ICE6 Turbo enable industry-leading wavelength capacity-reach over a wide range of wavelength speeds, including 800 Gb/s to 1000+ km, 600 Gb/s to 3000+ km, and 400 Gb/s to 7,500+ km, with even longer distances possible in submarine networks.

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Maximize Fiber Capacity

Spectral efficiency of 8.833 bits/s/Hz and total C-band capacity of 42.4 Tb/s can be achieved with 800G wavelengths, with C+L band enabling more than 80 Tb/s. Key enabling features for maximizing spectral efficiency over longer distances include minimized roll-off, a shared wavelocker, long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (64QAM), dynamic bandwidth allocation, super-channels, and a low overhead Ethernet framing mode.

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Lower Operational Costs

ICE6 enables platform power consumption of less than 0.2 W/Gb/s and can deliver up to 6.4 Tb/s of coherent bandwidth in the 3RU GX G42. Operational costs are further reduced with fully flexible client-to-line mapping, and with a small number of high-capacity wavelengths to provision and manage, as opposed to a larger number of lower-capacity wavelengths.

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Leverage Innovative Features

Innovative features include second-generation Nyquist subcarriers, long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping, dynamic bandwidth allocation, and SD-FEC gain sharing. Additional advanced features include high-performance FEC, advanced telemetry, wire-speed encryption, and the ability to load-balance clients over the two wavelengths.

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Record-setting 800G Transmission in the Windstream Network

Windstream's Art Nichols discusses 800G technology and economics and the completion of a live network trial that successfully achieved 800 Gb/s single-wavelength transmission over 730 km across Windstream’s long-haul network between San Diego and Phoenix. Windstream and Infinera set another industry record by looping back the signal to achieve a 700G transmission over 1,460 km.

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White Paper

Maximizing Spectral Efficiency with Optical Engine and Line System Innovations

This white paper focuses on why spectral efficiency matters, how the relationship between wavelength capacity-reach and spectral efficiency has changed, the three key factors that determine spectral efficiency, and how optical engine and line system innovations can optimize these three factors.

Video: 800G - Getting More Capacity Over Longer Distances

800G: Getting More Capacity Over Longer Distances

Juan Carlos Naranjo - CTO, UFINET

800G: UFINET Customer Testimonial

White Paper

Faster, Further, Smoother: The Case for Probabilistic Constellation Shaping

Probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS) addresses many of the limitations of conventional QAM-based coherent modulation. This white paper explains its benefits, how it works, and the enhancements that can maximize its value.

Probabilistic Constellation Shaping White Paper

Related Resources

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Application Note

ICE6 for Submarine Networks:
Maximize Performance on Any Submarine Cable

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White Paper

Maximizing the Capacity-Reach of 800G Generation Coherent: Baud Rates, Features, and Modem SNR

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How the Industry’s Highest-performing 800G Optical Engine, ICE6, Is Bringing Value to All Optical Networking Market Segments

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White Paper

Pluggables, Embeddeds, and the Three Vectors of Coherent Evolution

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Baud Rate, Modulation, and Maximizing Coherent Optical Performance

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Technology Note

ICE6 and ICE6 Turbo Optical Engines

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