Monday, July 18, 2005

Broadcom to Acquire Siliquent for Ethernet Processing NICs

Broadcom agreed to acquire Siliquent Technologies, a privately-held developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network interface controllers (NICs) with advanced Ethernet processing technology, for approximately $76 million in cash. Siliquent has developed an Ethernet processor for optimizing server networking, network storage and clustering applications.

Broadcom said the acquisition would significantly accelerate its delivery of 10GbE converged-NICs (C-NICs) for server LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) applications. The Siliquent 10GbE advanced Ethernet processing technology, combined with the use of low-cost 10 gigabit SerDes, enables a more simplified blade server design that can operate on a standard, single Ethernet fabric. The advantages of this 10GbE single fabric approach in the blade server environment are significant when contrasted against the current practice of implementing multiple communications fabrics (i.e. Ethernet for networking, Fibre Channel for block storage, proprietary solutions or Infiniband for clustering), each of which require a communications card on every server and a separate switch, consuming even more backplane space.

Siliquent is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with R&D in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company was founded in 2001 and currently has 59 employees.
  • Siliquent was founded Amit Oren, who previously was Vice President of R&D at Orckit Communications where he was responsible for System Hardware and core ASIC development.
    Prior to Orckit, Oren was an Engineer in the Israel Ministry of Defense.

  • Earlier this year, Broadcom began sampling the first 2.5 Gbps controller as part of its NetXtreme II family of C-NICs (converged network interface controllers). Key features of the C-NIC line include TCP/IP offload engine, iSCSI, and Remote Direct Memory Access capability. The new 2.5 Gbps Ethernet controller, which is optimized for embedded blade server applications, more than doubles the throughput of standard Gigabit networking while improving overall CPU utilization by up to five times. Significantly, it enables up to four separate network fabrics found inside a blade server to be converged over standard Ethernet. The controller is positioned as a cost-point replacement for existing 1 Gigabit Ether implementations. Broadcom said current blade servers rely on up to four highly specialized fabrics to support the four data types that blade servers require to operate efficiently: storage, clustering, management and data networking. To date, the only way to effectively implement blade servers required utilizing specialized network fabrics for each network type. This multi-fabric approach drastically increased overall system cost and compromised the overall value of the blade server implementation. The new NetXtreme II C-NIC enables OEMs to design-in a 2.5 Gbps device to perform all of the networking I/O functions over a single, unified Ethernet fabric. This eliminates the need for specialized networks, fundamentally changing the way that blade servers can be built. The new NetXtreme II BCM5708S represents the second generation of C-NIC silicon solutions from Broadcom. Remote Direct Memory Access, which is an advanced feature for memory-to-memory transfers in high-performance workgroup clusters, could provide up to an order of magnitude improvement over standard Gigabit Ethernet connections, thereby competing with Infiniband and other such implementations.

Wi-Mesh Alliance Presents Proposal for IEEE 802.11s

The Wi-Mesh Alliance presented a proposal for a new global mesh WLAN standard to the IEEE 802.11 Task Group S (TGs).

The Wi-Mesh Alliance said its design intent is to be extensible with the future 802.11n high throughput amendment, provide support for the existing worldwide Wi-Fi network installed base, while extending Wi-Fi network deployments within designated radio frequency (RF) spectrum.

Details of the proposal are online.

Members of the Wi-Mesh Alliance include Accton, ComNets, InterDigital Communications, NextHop Technologies, Nortel, and Thomson.

Tekelec Teams with China's FiberHome Technologies on NGNs

Tekelec announced a strategic partnership with FiberHome Technologies Group, a Chinese telecom equipment supplier, to integrate the Tekelec 9000 Distributed Switching Solution into FiberHome's next-generation network (NGN) portfolio.

The companies said the agreement would strengthen FiberHome's position among tier-one operators in China and other international markets. The agreement provides for the exclusive deployment of Tekelec's media gateway for any mid- to large-size carrier opportunity. For Tekelec, the agreement expands its presence in China and opens up new opportunities through FiberHome's established relationships with the region's largest operators.

Juniper Reports Revenue $493 Million, up 61%

Juniper Networks reported Q2 net revenues of $493.0 million, compared with $306.9 million for the same period last year, an increase of 61%. GAAP net income for the second quarter was $89.0 million or $0.15 per share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $12.6 million or $0.02 per share in the second quarter of 2004.

Cash provided by operations was $166.1 million for the second quarter, compared to cash provided by operations of $119.0 million for the same period last year. Capital expenditures and depreciation during the second quarter were $18.1 million and $12.9 million, respectively.

"The news for this quarter is once again growth - significant revenue growth, outpaced by earnings per share growth, all while our investment in innovation grows as well," commented Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO, Juniper Networks.

Newroads Selects Zhone and MetaSwitch for New Service Delivery

Newroads Telecom, an independent operator serving towns in Arkansas and Oklahoma, has selected and deployed Zhone's Multi-Access Line Concentrator (MALC) and MetaSwitch's Class 5 Softswitch technology for its new service deployments. Newroads has installed the MetaSwitch VP3510 at its own Fort Smith, Arkansas data center and is collocating Zhone's MALC with 48 port ADSL2+ line cards and 32 port T1/ATM line cards as its broadband service platform over copper access lines from SBC Central Offices throughout its serving area.

MetaSwitch's VP3510 Integrated Softswitch provides Class 4/5 switching over TDM and packet-based networks. The single chassis VP3510 incorporates call agent, feature server, media gateway and signaling gateway functionality.

Zhone's MALC, ADSL2+ line cards and the T1/ATM line cards provide for a density of up to 960 ADSL2+ ports in a 7U chassis. The platform offers options for integrated POTS ports and splitters, while delivering downstream data rate services up to 24 Mbps and upstream data rates ranging up to 3 Mbps.

Motorola Posts Record Sales and Earnings

Motorola reported Q2 sales of $8.83 billion, up 17% over last year, and earnings per share from continuing operations of $.38 per share, versus earnings from continuing operations of $.25 per share in the year-ago quarter.

Highlights of the quarter included:

  • a gain of 3.3 percentage points in global mobile device market share

  • record mobile devices shipments of 33.9 million units, representing an estimated global market share of 18.1 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points versus the year-ago quarter and 1.7 percentage points versus first quarter of 2005.

  • Mobile Devices Segment sales were $4.9 billion, up 24 percent compared with the year-ago quarter.

  • Networks Segment sales were $1.6 billion, up 3 percent compared with the year-ago quarter and were up 9 percent for the first half of 2005.

  • Government and Enterprise Mobility Solutions Segment sales were $1.7 billion, up 7 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Operating earnings increased to $221 million, compared with $214 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • Connected Home Solutions Segment sales were $718 million, up 35 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Operating earnings were $47 million, compared with $38 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • The company's outlook for the third quarter of 2005 is for sales of between $8.9 billion and $9.1 billion. The outlook for earnings per share from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2005 is in the range of $.27 to $.29.

SupportSoft Joins Broadband Services Forum

SupportSoft has joined the Broadband Services Forum (BSF) as a Principal Member to support future initiatives surrounding IPTV and interactive next-generation broadband services.

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XM Satellite Radio Invests in Worldspace for Global Coverage

XM Satellite Radio has made a strategic investment of $25 million in the common stock of WorldSpace, a leading satellite radio provider for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. WorldSpace broadcasts via two geo-stationary satellites, AfriStar and AsiaStar. It also owns spectrum licenses to deliver more than 100 digital quality audio channels per satellite as well as multimedia content directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radio receivers.

The companies also agreed to develop satellite radio products, technology and distribution and supplier networks. In addition, XM will have warrants to acquire $37.5 million in additional WorldSpace stock and an option to invest along with WorldSpace and other partners in various countries around the globe.

BellSouth Simplifies Its Broadband Pricing Structure

BellSouth has simplified its residential "FastAccess" DSL pricing into fewer tiers. The options now include:

  • New residential customers of FastAccess DSL Lite, which provides downstream speeds up to 256Kbps and upstream speeds up to 128Kbps, can order the service for $24.95 per month.

  • New FastAccess DSL Ultra customers, who receive downstream speeds up to 1.5Mbps and upstream speeds up to 256Kbps, will receive the service for $32.95 per month.

  • New customers of FastAccess DSL Xtreme, featuring downstream speeds up to 3Mbps and upstream speeds up to 384Kbps, can order the service for $42.95 per month.

In addition, BellSouth will no longer charge residential customers a service activation fee and will reduce the price of its modems and gateways to $75. Shipping and handling charges will be eliminated and customers will be given the option to pay for their modem or gateway in 10 monthly installments of $7.50, or receive it free (after rebate) if they order online.

Verizon Adds Asian Languages to Customer Support

Verizon has added business customer support in Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese to its Language Assistance Center in Santa Monica, California.

Poland's Centertel Selects Nortel for 3G

PTK Centertel, Poland's leading wireless operator, has selected Nortel as a key supplier of 3G equipment to upgrade its wireless access network across southern Poland. Based on a new supply agreement, Nortel will provide UMTS equipment and professional services. Nortel previously supplied GSM and GPRS equipment.
  • Centertel is an affiliate of Telekomunikacja Polska SA and the France Telecom group.

  • In November 2004, Mobistar selected Nortel to deploy its national 3G wireless access network across Belgium.

  • In September 2003, Orange selected Nortel as one of three radio technology vendors to support its pan-European 3G access network roll-out, which included various regions in France.

CinemaNow Launches New Video Download Store

CinemaNow, which is backed by Menlo Ventures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Blockbuster as investors, launched a new version of its video download service featuring more than 4,000 feature-length films, music concerts and television programs from more than 250 licensors, including 20th Century Fox, ABC News, Disney, Endemol, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Sony, Sundance Channel, Warner Bros. and Lions Gate Entertainment. The new CinemaNow site features upgrades aimed at improving the customer experience.

Key upgrades to the service include:

  • Additional content genres with more detailed classifications, including sub-genres, for easier discovery of content

  • Expanded TV, News and Music sections including the introduction of Music Videos

  • A dedicated area of the site for content for portable media devices

  • New "Search" and "Advanced Search" technology for more relevant results and easy filtering

  • A new browse tool that filters results by "Content Category", "Format" and "Playback Device"

  • A sophisticated recommendation engine that bases suggestions on customer ratings and purchase histories

  • An updated check-out process that simplifies renting or buying a video

Lucent Reports Revenue of $2.34 Billion

Lucent Technologies reported quarterly net income of $372 million or 7 cents per diluted share on revenues of $2.34 billion. This compares with net income of $267 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, in previous quarter or 8 cents per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Revenue was essentially flat sequentially and an increase of 7%from the year-ago quarter. The third quarter's earnings per share included a positive impact of $127 million, or about 2 cents per diluted share, primarily due to the favorable impact of tax items and recoveries of bad debt and customer financing.

"This quarter, we continued to deliver steady, profitable results driven primarily by our strength in 3G mobile networks and growth in our Services business," said Lucent Technologies Chairman and CEO Patricia Russo. "We believe our wireline business is stabilizing, and we continue to strengthen our position in the next-generation of IMS-based networks with more customer trials and developments.

Some highlights:

  • Gross margin was 45% of revenues as compared with 42% in the previous quarter of fiscal 2005 and 43%in the year-ago quarter.

  • Operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 were $681 million as compared with $707 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 and $598 million for the year-ago quarter.

  • As of June 30, 2005, Lucent had about $4.1 billion in cash and marketable securities, flat sequentially from about $4.1 billion in the quarter ended March 31, 2005. During the quarter, Lucent used $318 million in cash for debt repurchases.

  • On a sequential basis, revenues in the United States increased $74 million, or 5%, and revenues outside the United States decreased $69 million, or 8%.

  • Mobility revenues for the quarter were $1.17 billion, a decrease of 2% sequentially and an increase of 14% compared with the year-ago quarter.

  • INS revenues for the quarter were $592 million, essentially flat sequentially and a decrease of 12% compared with the year-ago quarter.

  • LUCENT WORLDWIDE SERVICES (LWS) revenues for the quarter were $538 million, an increase of 8% sequentially and an increase of 14% compared with the year-ago quarter.

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