Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine Brochure
Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine Brochure
Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine offers network operators up to 2.4T super-channel capacity and up to 12,000 km reach in a single small package
History of Opto-Electronic Innovation
History of Opto-Electronic Innovation
Infinera has played a key role in the development of advanced electronics and cutting-edge photonics.
White Paper: Photonic Integration
White Paper: Photonic Integration
Virtual enables significant power, space and cost savings for long haul DWDM applications

Infinera is the leader in large-scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs), having pioneered the use of PIC-based super-channels in Optical Transport Network (OTN) platforms since 2005 when it introduced the world’s first large-scale PIC. This first-generation PIC transformed the 10 gigabits per second (10G) transport market, delivering a step function in network bandwidth economics by combining over 60 different functions into a fingernail-sized pair of chips while provisioning 100G of capacity in one operational cycle. In 2009, the second-generation PIC was introduced, dramatically improving optical network performance to support ultra-long-haul terrestrial and subsea applications.

The subsequent step function in transport performance was delivered in 2011 with the introduction of the 500G PIC and the FlexCoherent® digital signal processor (DSP)/application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) as key elements of the Infinera DTN-X platform. This was the third generation of Infineras’s PIC technology, with five 100G channels, effectively delivering a 500G super-channel.

David Crofts, CEO at Australia Japan Cable said, “Our partnership with Infinera underscores Infinera’s incredibly rapid response but also highlights the value of operating a network based on PIC technology, the DTN-X and Infinera’s unique Time-based Instant Bandwidth capability, which enabled us to deploy software-activated bandwidth incrementally in a very short period of time.”

Today, Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine delivers the next step function in optical transport with the industry’s first multi-terabit opto-electronic subsystem. The Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine is powered by the advanced electronics in the next-generation FlexCoherent Processor and the cutting-edge photonics of Infinera’s fourth-generation PIC. The Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine is the first in the industry to offer network operators the combined benefits of optical super-channel capacity up to 2.4 terabits per second (2.4T) and reach greater than 12,000 kilometers (km) in one of the world’s smallest optical subsystems, with very low power consumption.

The engine provides sliceable photonics to tune and route any 100G wavelength within a super-channel or Nx100G super-channels in multiple separate directions, each with its own coherent modulation profile. Sliceable super-channels provide massive scalability with fine-grained granularity, delivering tremendous flexibility.

Infinera Capacity Engine
Infinera has adapted the PIC for specific applications by optimizing and enhancing the photonic technology to fulfill the unique requirements of metro and regional networks. Infinera PICs deliver unparalleled flexibility and efficiency for customers to build Intelligent Transport Networks for subsea, long-haul, metro and data center interconnection applications.