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Infinera and Corning pair to deliver 800G Across 800 Kilometers with ICE6

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Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has delivered an 800 gigabits per second (800G) single wavelength with Infinera’s sixth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine technology across 800 kilometres on Corning’s TXF optical fibre.

The company revealed that the performance of Infinera and Corning’s 800G trial demonstrates the benefits of an 800G solution with fibre designed to help meet growing bandwidth demands for network operators from metro to subsea network applications.

“This demonstration proves that 800G transmission using Infinera’s industry-leading technology enables a wide variety of network applications and is further enhanced by Corning’s innovative TXF fibre,” said Parthi Kandappan, Chief Technology Officer at Infinera.

“This achievement is made possible by Infinera’s high degree of vertical integration including our in-house digital signal processor design, photonic integrated circuit design and manufacturing, and holistic in-house packaging.”

The demonstration leveraged Infinera’s ICE6 technology in a Groove (GX) Series platform transmitting 800G using 64QAM with probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS).

This was accomplished using Corning’s state-of-the-art TXF fibre, an ITU-T G.654.E compliant, ultra-low-loss, silica-core fibre with large effective area.

“We are pleased to work with Infinera to demonstrate how our combined leading-edge technologies can maximise capacity and reach,” said Jeanne Propst, division vice president, product line management, Optical Fibre and Cable, Corning Incorporated.

“Our TXF fibre, with its high-data-rate capabilities and exceptional reach, helps network operators stay ahead of growing bandwidth demands while lowering their overall network costs.”

ICE6 combines Infinera’s sixth-generation photonic integrated circuit with its in-house-developed 7-nanometer dual-channel 800G per-wave FlexCoherent digital signal processor.

Elsewhere, the company announced the pricing of $200 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2027 in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Infinera expects the offering of the Notes to close on March 9, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

Infinera also granted the initial purchaser of the Notes a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional $30 million in aggregate principal amount of Notes.

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