Sunday, March 25, 2007

QUALCOMM's EV-DO Rev. B Averages 9.3 Mbps in 5 GHz

QUALCOMM introduced its first device solution for EV-DO Rev. B, delivering highly advanced capabilities for next-generation data and multimedia services. QUALCOMM said recent field tests of EV-DO Rev. B technology resulted in average data rates of 9.3 Mbps on the downlink over 5 MHz of spectrum.

The new MSM7850 device chipset provides support for EV-DO Rev. B with full backward compatibility. Scheduled to sample this year, the MSM7850 solution enables manufacturers to deliver the capabilities of Rev. B on consumer products. A software upgrade release to enable QUALCOMM's Cell Site Modem CSM6800 solution to support multi-carrier EV-DO Rev. B will be available by the end of March 2007.

Bell Labs Develops Silicon-based Tunable Optical Equalizer

Researchers at Bell Labs have demonstrated the first CMOS silicon-based tunable optical waveguide equalizer, a major step in the drive toward high-density, low-cost silicon chip-based optical networking devices.

Alcatel-Lucent said the key to its breakthrough is a new control configuration that uses a single voltage to adjust the signal equalization and an innovative architecture to realize complex responses in a low order filter. The result is a highly adaptable transmitter, which brings a very rich level of control to silicon-based optical networking.

Possible new applications include low-cost, mass deployment of fiber to the home; truly meshed optical networks that cleanly switch optical signals between different transmission formats; and the deployment of optical networking into places unapproachable by today's optical networking devices such as over short-runs or in confined spaces.

The new optical filter builds upon the work by the EPIC (Electronic and Photonic Integrated Circuits) program, funded by DARPA and led by BAE Systems in partnership with MIT, Applied Wave Research, and Bell Labs, through Alcatel-Lucent's LGS subsidiary. The EPIC program produced the first devices that embedded photonic filters, modulators, and detectors with electronics onto the same silicon-based integrated circuit.

IBM Unveils 160 Gbps Chipset

IBM unveiled a prototype optical transceiver chipset capable of reaching 160 Gbps. To achieve this new level of integration in the chipset, IBM researchers built an optical transceiver with driver and receiver integrated circuits in current CMOS technology. They then coupled it with other necessary optical components made in more exotic materials, such as indium phosphide (InP) and gallium arsenide (GaAs), into one, integrated package only 3.25 by 5.25 millimeters in size.

IBM said its compact design provides both a high number of communications channels as well as very high speeds per channel, resulting in an amount of information transmitted per unit area of card space taken up by the chipset (the ultimate measure of viability for practical use) that is the highest ever. This transceiver chipset is designed to enable low cost optics by attaching to an optical printed circuit board employing densely spaced polymer waveguide channels using mass assembly processes.

AT&T to Offer DDoS Defense for SMBs

AT&T announced a subscription-based Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation offering for small and medium-sized businesses.

AT&T DDoS Defense Subscription is a self-managed service that provides customers with as-needed protection against malicious traffic while keeping costs low. The service is available as an option for customers of AT&T "Internet Protect", a security-alerting and notification service that offers advanced information regarding potential real-time attacks (viruses, worms and DDoS attacks) that are in the early-formation stages.

AT&T Internet Protect uses the AT&T IP backbone as a proxy of general Internet traffic and provides valuable real-time analysis of Internet traffic, which customers can use to predict and prevent malicious traffic from infecting their network.

AT&T performs real-time examination of more than 9.59 petabytes of data traffic on an average business day to identify malicious activity from the Internet.

AT&T to Deliver Napster to Wireless and Broadband Subscribers

AT&T is teaming with Napster to give customers unlimited access for one year to more than 3 million song tracks through "Napster To Go" -- a $180 value -- allowing consumers to customize playlists on their PC and seamlessly transfer favorite tunes to compatible wireless phones and music devices.

The offer will be available to qualifying new and existing residential AT&T customers across the company's entire 22-state traditional service footprint where broadband service is available.

AT&T Plans "Video Share" 3G App Built on IMS

AT&T is preparing to launch a 3G service called Video Share this summer in more than 50 markets in the U.S. The service allows users to send a live video stream to a recipient during a standard voice call. Beginning with a normal wireless phone call, customers can hit one button to add a live video stream, allowing the called party to see what the caller is seeing while they're talking. The service also allows customers to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.

Video Share runs on AT&T's recently deployed IMS platform.

Sony Ericsson Announces First HSDPA Handset for North American Market

Sony Ericsson introduced its first triband HSDPA (850/1900/2100) and Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) phone for the North American market. In addition to HSDPA, the Z750 clamshell features a 2.0 megapixel camera, a 2.2" screen, a media player that supports all the major music formats, and a built-in FM radio with RDS and 3D gaming capabilities. Also, it is the first Sony Ericsson handset to offer push email.

Sony Ericsson Supporting the Next-Generation Mobile Services Architecture

Sony Ericsson announced its first mobile phone to support Mobile Services Architecture (MSA), the next-generation Java umbrella standard (JSR-248). The Z750 clamshell phone is the first phone based on Sony Ericsson's Java Platform 8 (JP-8), supporting a range of new Java programming features including instant messaging / chat and presence based functionality, handling banking, payment transactions, user identification and authentication through secure encryption technology, mapping and other location-aware applications.

The new MSA umbrella standard (JSR-248) aims to reduce fragmentation for the Java community in two ways. Firstly, MSA defines a clear set of component Java Specification Requests (JSR's) that must be supported (mandatory JSR's) on next-generation mobile phones. Secondly, MSA gives less room for interpretation in the implementation of the JSR's by clarifying the conditions for interaction between them and for optional JSR's.

The new mandatory application programming interfaces (API's) supported through MSA include 3D graphics, personal information management, Bluetooth, Scalable Vector Graphics, web services, location services and payment services for Java ME (Micro Edition).

Alcatel-Lucent Lands US$6B Contract with Verizon Wireless, Expansion Includes IMS

Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent signed a three-year agreement worth an expected US$6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to supply a wide variety of network equipment, software and services supporting Verizon Wireless' ongoing network expansion and continuous improvements. With this agreement Alcatel-Lucent continues to be Verizon Wireless' primary network infrastructure supplier and will continue to help grow Verizon Wireless' existing portfolio of multimedia and data services.

The equipment, software and services from Alcatel-Lucent will increase the coverage and capacity Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess data network based on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology and introduce new A-IMS services including VoIP, push-to-x, and mobile video telephony. The rollout will include various components of Alcatel-Lucent's IMS solution. The deployment also will accommodate the Verizon Wireless approach to multi-vendor interoperability of these systems. In addition, the agreement calls for Alcatel-Lucent to enhance Verizon Wireless' existing CDMA2000 1X network.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide infrastructure solutions spanning its entire portfolio to transition Verizon Wireless to an all-IP network. Verizon Wireless' CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A network will be expanded and enabled to support services such as VoIP with Quality of Service (QoS) through software upgrades. Selected IMS services will be enabled through the addition of Alcatel-Lucent's IMS platforms with the A-IMS compliant Application Manager and Services Data Manager functions.

Existing Alcatel-Lucent-supplied packet switches will be upgraded to support IP soft handoff and Transcoder Free Operation, and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router will also provide IP routing and Ethernet aggregation.

Verizon Wireless will also use a wide range of products from Alcatel- Lucent's optical and wireless transmission products, including MDR 8000 digital microwave radios. The Alcatel-Lucent optical networking products will include the optical cross-connects LambdaUnite and 1671 Service Connect (SC), and the Metropolis DMX product family, which will provide an end-to-end solution for bandwidth management and mobility traffic backhaul.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing comprehensive end-to-end network support services, ranging from network integration to installation, repair and maintenance services.

Saudi Telecom Selects Redline's WiMAX

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has chosen Redline Communications for its nation-wide WiMAX network in Saudi Arabia. STC, the country's national telecommunications operator, has deployed RedMAX products in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam as part of the first phase of its WiMAX network deployment.

Redline said that by using TDD (time division duplexing), it can ensure a high degree of spectral efficiency even in dense urban environments. Its OFDM technology overcomes many line-of-sight barriers in urban areas including buildings, trees and other obstructions. Redline's RedMAX family have received the WiMAX Forum Certified mark for conformance to the WiMAX standards for performance and interoperability. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Marvell's TopDog WLAN Supports 802.11n

Marvell announced that its "TopDog" WLAN solutions support the new IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 specification as approved during the latest round of balloting by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group.

Marvell TopDog WLAN includes Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology which enables higher throughput and improved range over currently available 802.11-based products. Supporting the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands, as well as 20MHz and 40MHz channels, Marvell TopDog WLAN technology offers unprecedented levels of wireless connectivity with a peak performance varying from 150 to 600Mbps depending on the chipset. Marvell TopDog is also completely interoperable and backward compatible with existing 802.11 solutions.

QUALCOMM Offers Low-Cost EV-DO Rev. A

QUALCOMM introduced its new QSC6085 solution for CDMA2000 1xEV- DO Rev. A -- supporting up to 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link and 3.1 Mbps on the forward link for enabling advanced capabilities, rich services, location awareness and the significant growth of user-generated content.

QUALCOMM said the new device is gaining strong support from network operators, including China Unicom, as well as device manufacturers such as SANYO.

QUALCOMM's QSC family integrates baseband modem, multimedia engines, radio transceiver and power management into a single chip.

Bay Microsystems Ships 40G Network Processor

Bay Microsystems has begun sampling its Chesapeake 40G Network Processor and Traffic Manager. The new "Chesapeake" network processor is targeted at a new generation of broadband infrastructure equipment ranging from high density over-subscribed 1GE/10GE Metro Ethernet boxes to high reliability systems up to 40G and above.

While consuming a mere 16 watts of power, the device delivers 125 Gbps of raw processing power and is capable of 122 million packet-per-second sustained performance. It can accommodate a full 40G at line rate, Chesapeake is ideally suited to process and manage multiple segments of 1G, 10G, 20G or 40G data paths.

The internal throughput capacity of 122 million packets per second is sufficient for 100G processing. It also offers a search rate of 622 million searches per second.

Bay Microsystems also formally released the Lighthouse Tool Suite for its Chesapeake 40G Network Processor and Multimedia Traffic Manager.

Lighthouse helps facilitate the design of network processor-based networking equipment by exploiting Chesapeake's deterministic architecture and unique programming model. It features an extensive set of applications for switch and router platforms.

Mavenir Partners with Ericsson on IMS

Mavenir Systems, a start-up based in Richardson, formed a partnership agreement with Ericsson in the UK focused on Fixed Mobile Convergence and Low Power GSM offerings. Mavenir System's mOne allows customers to utilize and link existing circuit switched , IP, Unlicensed Mobile Access and WiFi SIP devices to Ericsson's IMS solution.

As a result of the new partnership, Mavenir's mOne solution and the Ericsson BSC and MSC, UNC and IMS platforms will allow operators to offer multimedia services across mobile, FMC and fixed domains with seamless session handover between the domains.

Mavenir's mOne solution enables IMS across all available devices so that operators can interconnect any access with any network and service. The two companies are actively promoting the joint solution in the market to key service providers in the UK.