Infinera Demos 1.6-Tbit/s Chip

Infinera introduces large-scale photonic integrated circuit capable of carrying data at a rate of 1.6 terabits per second

March 27, 2006

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Infinera announced today the successful completion of a lab demonstration of a large-scale photonic integrated circuit (PIC) capable of carrying data at a rate of 1.6 Terabits per second (Tb/s). This is the highest data rate yet achieved for a single PIC. Last year, Infinera demonstrated a PIC capable of carrying data at 400 Gigabits per second (Gb/s).

Successful demonstration of a 1.6 Tb/sec PIC shows the potential of photonic integration to scale to greater data rates. Photonic integration is a key technology for enabling optical networks to scale to carry Internet traffic as Internet bandwidth continues to grow at double- and triple-digit rates. At a data rate of 1.6 Tb/s (1.6 trillion bits per second), this single chip would be capable of transmitting simultaneously more than 50 million Internet telephone calls, or 160,000 high-definition television broadcasts.

“While this PIC is still a lab demonstration, it shows the enormous potential of photonic integration to put more and more devices, as well as more features and functionality, onto a single chip,” said Dave Welch, Infinera co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer. “We will continue to pioneer further integration as it is the most powerful technology today for delivering economic and technical benefits to service providers, enterprises, and ordinary consumers using the Internet.”

Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)

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