PacketLight Enhances Layer-1 Encryption in 400G Devices with IDQ

PacketLight implements IDQ’s QRNG in the PL-4000x product family and enhances the security offering to its customers

Tel Aviv, Israel – November 17, 2021 - PacketLight Networks, a leading provider of DWDM and OTN equipment, announced their partnership with ID Quantique (IDQ), a world leader in quantum cyber security specializing in quantum cryptography for commercial and government markets. PacketLight chose IDQ’s QRNG (quantum random number generator) chip to enhance the encryption solution in the PL-4000x product line for high capacity 400G metro and 200G long haul applications.

The PL-4000x devices address customer needs for high-capacity data center interconnect networks with a complete security solution. The 400G Muxponder (PL-4000M) and 1.6T Transponder/Muxponder (PL-4000T) are 1U modular devices that integrate mux/demux, amplifiers, and optical switch, to cost-effectively deliver 400G capacity over a single wavelength. The devices aggregate any mix of 10/25/100/400Gb Ethernet, 16/32G Fibre Channel, and OTU2/2e/4 services into one 400G coherent uplink, and include embedded Layer-1 GCM-AES-256 encryption using elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange.

Adding IDQ’s QRNG chip, a hardware-based component for generating quantum encryption keys offers customers an even higher level of security. IDQ’s QRNG chips generate provably unbiased and unpredictable randomness for the generation of the keys with high entropy from the very first bit, from the shot noise of a light source captured by a CMOS image sensor, a patented quantum technology from ID Quantique. The chip in PacketLight’s devices is simple, consumes minimal board space and is power efficient.

“Data security has become the most important aspect in data center connectivity over fiber and DWDM networks,” said Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight Networks. “Partnering with IDQ allows us to enhance our encryption solution, and comply with the FIPS and CC requirements for randomity of keys generation.”

“We are delighted to see that PacketLight has made the move to incorporate this technology (QRNG) to better serve their end-customer and to bring security to a new level,” said Grégoire Ribordy, CEO and co-founder of ID Quantique. “Generating strong keys from a reliable entropy source is the cornerstone of any security system.”

About PacketLight Networks

PacketLight leverages more than 20 years of fiber optic networking experience to deliver carrier-grade, DWDM and OTN equipment, which provide the entire fiber optical layer transport solution and reduce CAPEX and OPEX. PacketLight solutions allow carriers, data centers, enterprises, content providers, dark fiber providers, universities, and government organizations to meet high data delivery demands with exceptional service. 

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About IDQ

Founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva, ID Quantique is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, designed to protect data for the future. The company provides quantum-safe network encryption, secure quantum key generation and Quantum Key Distribution solutions and services to the financial industry, enterprises and government organizations globally. IDQ’s quantum random number generator has been validated according to global standards and independent agencies, and is the reference in highly regulated and mission critical industries – such as security, encryption, critical infrastructure and IoT – where trust is paramount.

Additionally, IDQ is a leading provider of optical instrumentation products, most notably photon counters and related electronics. The company’s innovative photonic solutions are used in both commercial and research applications.

IDQ’s products are used by government, enterprise and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent. IDQ is proud of its independence and neutrality, and believes in establishing long-term and trusted relationships with its customers and partners.

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