13 September 2023
Infinera plans ICE-X coherent pluggables and InP components complying with Build America, Buy America
Infinera Corp of San Jose, CA, USA — a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems — plans to make available ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggables and compound semiconductor components that will be manufactured in the USA and compliant with the Build America, Buy America requirements issued in August by the US Commerce Department for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.
Leveraging its domestic optical compound semiconductor fabrication facility in California and testing & packaging facility in Pennsylvania, Infinera says that its coherent optical solutions enable network operators to efficiently scale their networks, driving down cost per bit and power per bit while helping them meet Build America, Buy America requirements. US-based semiconductor production also provides improved supply chain security and resiliency, the firm adds.
Infinera says that its suite of indium phosphide (InP) based vertically integrated ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggables provide network operators the performance, scale and efficiency that is critical to drive down network operating costs and to enhance service agility. As a critical part of network infrastructure, the solutions are optimized for metro, middle-mile, and access and aggregation networks that enable operators to expand their broadband infrastructures while helping them to address Build America, Buy America requirements for the BEAD program.
“We remain committed to investing in and keeping optical semiconductor fabrication in the US,” states CEO David Heard. “By leveraging our vertically integrated US-based development, fabrication and manufacturing capabilities, we can do our part to enhance national security and improve supply chain resiliency for important semiconductor technologies.”