Tower Semiconductor, announced Infinera’s selection of Tower’s high performance Terabit SiGe BiCMOS platform for use in Infinera’s 800G sixth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE6). ICE6 provides 800 gigabits per second single wavelength with great performance providing significant cost, power, and fiber capacity advantages to network operators, enabling them to cost-effectively address the relentless bandwidth demand on their networks. 

“Infinera always leverages best-in-class technologies to achieve industry-leading system performance.  This includes Infinera’s industry-leading indium phosphide (InPh) photonic integrated circuits and Tower’s advanced silicon-germanium (SiGe) for high bandwidth driver and receiver circuitry,” said Dr. Ray Milano, Senior Vice President, Optical Module Development at Infinera.

Infinera’s ICE6 optical engine is the latest from Infinera’s Optical Center and designed in a compact digital coherent optical (DCO) package that can be easily integrated into a variety of networking platforms. Supporting two 800G wavelengths and boasting ground-breaking optical feature, the 1.6Tbs optical engine demonstrated significantly high performance than competing solutions providing incremental value to network operators. 

Tower Semiconductor’s advanced Terabit SiGe BiCMOS platform (SBC18) is optimized for high-speed networking applications providing transistors with speeds exceeding 300GHz and is a workhorse for industry leaders designing high performance telecom and datacom optical networks with speeds of 100Gbps, 400Gbps, and now 800Gbps. This SiGe platform is also tailored to deliver the highest performance for high-frequency wireless communications such as automotive radar, satellite communications, and 5G for both sub-6GHz and mm-wave bands. 

“We are very proud to partner with Infinera in the development of their industry-leading 800G optical engine. Our collaboration with Infinera’s team has allowed both companies to achieve an important milestone in the optical transmission market segment,” said Dr. Marco Racanelli, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Analog IC Business Unit, Tower Semiconductor. “Tower continues to bring to market cutting-edge technologies and corresponding high-volume manufacturing capabilities to serve the rapidly growing data transport market and enable industry-leading companies such as Infinera to deliver differentiated, high-value solutions.” 

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