Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine
The Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) family of optical engines delivers cloud scale capacity for Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks.
Powered by the advanced electronics of Infinera’s FlexCoherent Processors and the cutting-edge photonics of Infinera’s photonic integrated circuits (PICs), ICE offers network operators the combined benefits of scalable multi-terabit optical super-channel capacity and industry-leading capacity-reach performance for distances from metro to subsea.
ICE drives the next generation of coherent optical innovations, including:
- Multi-terabit super-channels: Allows massive network scale, with up to 12 times more capacity than other implementations
- Sliceable photonics: Permits tuning and routing of any 100 gigabit per second (100G) wavelength within a super-channel or N x 100G super-channels in multiple separate directions, each with its own coherent modulation profile. Sliceable photonics reduce requirements for traffic modules in networks by up to 77% while delivering tremendous flexibility, resulting in up to 53% lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Infinera Advanced Coherent Toolkit: Features breakthrough technology innovations such as Nyquist subcarriers and soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) gain sharing, and delivers up to 60% more capacity-reach performance for submarine and terrestrial networks
- Multi-terabit encryption: Offers in-flight Layer 1 wire-speed encryption that uses the strong 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) key and integrates hitless key exchange and cryptographic mechanisms, while delivering 100% traffic throughput
ICE also powers Infinera Instant Network, a revolutionary approach to delivering software defined capacity (SDC) for cloud scale networks and building the foundation for cognitive networking. Instant Network amplifies the power of Infinera Instant Bandwidth by cutting the time to engineer and deploy optical capacity from months to minutes. It enables software automation of ICE-based platforms, allowing customers to pay for capacity as they need it, matching expense to revenue, increasing network agility and lowering TCO.
ICE5: Innovation on Fast Forward
With projections that cloud and fiber-deep architectures will accelerate the demand for optical network capacity, optical systems must deliver higher single-wavelength speeds sooner and be agile enough to be used in metro as well as long-haul environments. To meet this need, Infinera continues to innovate on fast forward and develop new generations of ICE technology. ICE5, announced only 24 months after ICE4, delivers a significant leap in capacity per wavelength, from 200G to 600G, and offers improvements in fiber capacity, reach and power efficiency to address the most demanding high-scale applications.
ICE6 is under development and on track to maintain this two-year development cadence.