Infinera unveils 40G module, enhanced operating system

JUNE 14, 2007 � Infinera says it will unveil its 40-Gbit/sec strategy and a new 40-Gbit/sec module for its Infinera DTN system at next week's NXTcomm trade show. Infinera will also discuss the latest update in its network operating system, IQ4.0.

JUNE 14, 2007 � Infinera (search for Infinera) says it will unveil its 40-Gbit/sec strategy and a new 40-Gbit/sec module for its Infinera DTN system at next week's NXTcomm trade show. Infinera will also discuss the latest update in its network operating system, IQ4.0, which is designed to offer further advances in Digital Optical Networks intelligence and performance.

The Infinera 40G Tributary Adapter Module (TAM) is designed to provide true plug-and-go capability over any Infinera DTN network without complex optical planning. The Infinera Digital Optical Networks architecture enables carriers to deploy 40G services over most long-haul and metro fiber plants currently deployed in the field, the company says.

Architected to work seamlessly with today's Infinera DTN system, the 40G TAM module will provide customers with the ability to rapidly deploy 40G services, according to Infinera. The 40G TAM module maps a 40-Gbit/sec service to four 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths enabled by an Infinera 100-Gbit/sec line card. This broadens the capabilities of the Infinera DTN system while continuing to deliver cost-effectiveness and flexibility to today's networks, the company says.

"We believe that the industry has been too focused on physical line rate and not focused enough on the business solution that the carriers need," said Chris Liou, Infinera's vice president of product management. "The Infinera 40-Gbit/sec TAM combines innovative technical solutions with a new way of thinking about optical services that enable carriers to implement what we believe is a better solution to the business problem of building highly scalable and easily manageable high-capacity networks."

In a recent lab demonstration, Infinera says it successfully sent error-free 40-Gbit/sec services across 2,000 km of fiber without regeneration. The company believes that this demonstration, using the current generation of Infinera photonic integrated circuits and a hybrid system of Raman and EDFA amplification, demonstrates the robustness of the Infinera DTN System and the capability of the Infinera 40-Gbit/sec system to be deployed in a broad range of real-world networks without expensive re-engineering of the network infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the upcoming release of Infinera's IQ network operating system, IQ4.0, builds on the innovations of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks. IQ4.0 enables the DTN System to support 40-Gbit/sec services carried over 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths. This capability is architected to be able to extend to other super-wavelength services such as 100-Gbit/sec services in the future.

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