Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) today announced the availability dates for ICE-XR from Infinera, the industry’s first suite of pluggable intelligent coherent optical solutions capable of supporting point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications. In addition to enabling dramatic network simplification, ICE-XR plug-ins are designed to support a diverse set of network applications and can provide up to 70% reduction in network costs. The company has also announced the introduction of its Open Optical Toolkita new set of open optical automation solutions designed to enable network operators to harness the power of coherent optical technology on any platform across all types of optical infrastructure.
Infinera’s ICE-XR plug-ins will initially include 400G, 200G and 100G options in industry-standard CFP2 and QSFP-DD form factors to facilitate deployment in a wide variety of network devices. With 0 dBm launch power and low out-of-band noise, ICE-XR sockets are optimized for transparent deployment in a wide variety of network infrastructures, including colorless/non-fixed address and flexible network ROADM networks. Infinera’s ICE-XR also introduces a new level of intelligence in a plug-in solution, integrating system-level functionality into a plug-in. This combination enables end-to-end visibility, accelerated service turn-up and control at the traditional optical system level, even when deployed on non-traditional optical networking equipment.
ICE-XR plug-ins are designed to support a diverse set of network applications, from regional to metro, DCI and access, including bidirectional single fiber and PON overlays. Infinera will begin ICE-XR testing in the second half of this year, with general availability expected later in the year and volume ramp-up in the first half of 2023.
Infinera today also announced its Open Optical Toolkit, a set of automation solutions that enable network operators to maintain a seamless operational experience as optical networks become increasingly open and heterogeneous, with consistent optical engines from multiple vendors. deployed on a greater variety of network platforms such as routers, switches, computing platforms, and mobile radios.
The Open Optical Toolkit includes Open Wave Manager (OWM), a modular software application designed to enable network operators to seamlessly deploy and operate coherent optical engines from any vendor over any optical line system. OWM will expand the options for network operators, ensuring they can choose from best-in-class coherent optical technology to meet their specific application needs.
The Infinera Open Optical Toolkit also includes the Infinera Intelligent Pluggables Manager (IPM). IPM is part of an open and collaborative approach to the management of pluggable coherent optics defined by the Open XR Forum. This approach decouples optical engine management from the carrier platform, ensuring an optimal operational experience with any optical engine deployed on any carrier platform. This approach also promotes independent innovation cycles between the host platform and the optical engine.
“Infinera’s vertically integrated suite of intelligent coherent pluggables and Open Optical Toolkit offer network operators both unique network capabilities and innovative software applications to dramatically simplify their network and enable seamless operation,” he said. Tom Burns, General Manager, Optical Modules and Coherent Solutions Group, Infinera. “This kind of holistic approach to coherent optical networks will play a critical role in enabling our customers to efficiently deploy next-generation services, including 5G, enhanced broadband and cloud-based services.” Infinera’s Open Optical Toolkit suite of automation solutions is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of the year.