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7 March 2023

Record 400G transmission across 2400km Corning TXF fiber with Infinera’s ICE-X QSFP-DD coherent pluggable

Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems, has delivered record 400Gb/s single-wavelength transmission with its ICE-X 400G QSFP-DD intelligent coherent pluggable solution across 2400km of Corning’s TXF optical fiber (twice the previous record distance).

The demonstration by Infinera and Corning Inc highlights the wide range of applications that can be addressed with this cost-effective and power-efficient solution, better enabling network operators to meet growing bandwidth demands.

The demonstration featured Infinera’s ICE-X 400G intelligent coherent pluggable solution hosted in UfiSpace’s 400G disaggregated core and edge routers across 2400km of Corning’s TXF fiber, an ultra-low-loss, silica-core fiber with large effective area. The demonstration leveraged the features supported by Infinera’s line of ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggables, including integrated system-level intelligence, programmable modulation, tunable baud rate, efficient spectrum utilization, and 0dBm launch power.

“This achievement underscores the value of Infinera’s fully vertically integrated and highly programmable line of ICE-X pluggables,” says Infinera’s chief technology officer Robert Maher. “It also highlights the value of integrated system-level intelligence in enabling industry-leading point-to-point ZR+ performance even when deployed in third-party elements. ICE-X enables network operators to leverage cost-efficient and power-efficient pluggable solutions across a broad range of network applications without sacrificing performance, manageability, or network resiliency,” he adds.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Infinera once again to prove how combined leading-edge technologies can work together to maximize capacity and reach,” says Sharon Bois, division VP, product line & marketing, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “Our TXF fiber enables network operators to transmit more data over longer distances and help connect the unconnected, all while lowering their overall network costs.”

This data transmission is being demonstrated at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition (OFC 2023) in San Diego, CA, USA (7-9 March) in Infinera’s booth (#4126) using its ICE-X 400G XR intelligent pluggables hosted in UfiSpace’s 400G disaggregated core and edge router over 2400km of Corning TXF optical fiber.

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