Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tzero Unveils UWB Chipset for Wireless and Coax Home Entertainment Networks

Tzero Technologies, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced its second-generation ultra wideband (UWB) chipset for home entertainment networking.

The new Tzero "ZeroWire" chipset is a WiMedia standards-based, ultra wideband (UWB) semiconductor solution optimized for real-time delivery of high-definition video, wirelessly and over wires. The ZeroWire chipset includes both a Radio Frequency IC (RFIC) as well as a baseband and media access control system-on-chip.

Significantly, the ZeroWire chipset expands the UWB connectivity from an in-room wireless solution to a whole-house network using existing coax cable. The chipset also gives consumer electronics manufacturers the ability to create new classes of wireless video devices -- HDTVs, digital video recorders, and more -- that are easier and less expensive to install.

Consumer electronics manufacturers using ZeroWire can develop wireless video products including: wireless high-definition TVs, projectors, Blu-Ray and HD DVD players, game consoles, media adapters, and media center PCs. With ZeroWire, flat panel TVs can be placed anywhere without tearing open walls to run cabling, and video recorded in one room can be seamlessly accessed from another.

Key capabilities of the ZeroWire chipset include:

  • Performance for multiple high-definition video streams with PHY data rates of up to 480 Mbps over coax for whole-home coverage and wirelessly within rooms.

  • Multiple interfaces for easy incorporation into a range of devices through PCI, transport stream and host bus interfaces.

  • Protocol support for network connectivity and application integration including IP, UDP, TCP/IP, multicast and unicast.

The Tzero ZeroWire chipset is available immediately.

Cisco Ships 900 CRS-1s in First Three Years

Cisco has shipped 900 of its Carrier Routing System (CRS-1) platforms to more than 85 providers since the core router was first released in August 2004. Cisco said the rapid growth of CRS-1 sales has been both accompanied and, to some degree, driven by significant IP traffic growth on global networks as video and other advanced service deployments continue.

According to data compiled by Cisco and industry analysts, Internet video produced six times more IP traffic in 2006 than the amount of IP traffic that crossed the entire U.S. Internet backbone in 2000. By 2011, global IP traffic is projected to reach more than 26 exabytes per month (an exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes).

In a conference call in May, Cisco CEO John Chambers said "Our high-end CRS-1 routers remained on a tear, with orders of almost 250 million in the quarter. That is an annualized run rate of approximately $1 billion. This is especially powerful when you compare it to prior quarters, which on average averaged a yearly run rate of approximately 400 million. I think what's exciting about the CRS-1 is literally the order run rate of $1 billion, up from 400 million before, which really means often service providers build up the core first and then work out, in terms of handling the volume on it."

Telekom Malaysia Selects Alcatel-Lucent for IP/MPLS

Alcatel-Lucent was awarded a EUR 10 million contract to supply a 10 Gbps IP/Ethernet network to Telekom Malaysia. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, Alcatel-Lucent 7250 Service Access Switch and the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager. The network is being delivered through AirStar Sdn Bhd, a local solutions provider in telecommunications and ICT.

Netflix to Deliver Online Movie Viewing via Equinix

Netflix has established operations in Equinix data centers in multiple markets across the U.S. to support its new instant viewing feature for online movies. The Equinix facilities provide Netflix with direct access to an aggregation of networks, including the broadband providers and transit networks that reach their end users.

Ciena Adds 40G Transport Upgrade to FlexSelect Architecture

Ciena introduced its FlexSelect 40G Shelf, a universal solution for its installed base of CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platforms and CoreStream Agility Optical Transport Systems that can be used to transition metro, regional, long-haul and ultra long-haul networks to 40 Gbps while providing a migration path for 100G networking.

The new FlexSelect 40G Shelf can be deployed for in-service upgrades of granular 40G wavelengths alongside existing 10G wavelengths. This enables operators to add 40G wavelengths to 10G networks without have to re-engineer their networks.

The FlexSelect 40G Shelf features eight slots that support hot-swappable and wavelength-provisionable line cards with client interfaces including serial 40G for SONET, SDH and OTN, as well as 10G-multiplexed interfaces for SONET/SDH/OTN/Ethernet. The FlexSelect 40G Shelf also features full ITU G.709 OTN support, so when combined with Ciena's unique FlexiPort technology, OTN extensions and hybrid ROADM capabilities, it enables unmatched efficiency in aggregating, grooming and switching traffic from 10 Mbps up to 40G.

Ciena said it began 40G research and development in 2000, and has since participated in multiple live industry demonstrations and field tests. In anticipation of customer demand, all of Ciena's optical transport systems, including CoreStream Agility and the CN 4200, were made 40G-ready by 2005.

Mu Security Cites Growing Adoption of its Security Analyzer

Mu Security, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced that its Mu-4000 Security Analyzer has been deployed by CT Labs, NSS Labs and Ziff Davis test labs among a number of other labs to verify the robustness and security readiness of IP-based products including network equipment, VOIP systems and security gear.

NSS Labs is using the Mu-4000 to perform security analysis and robustness testing for networking and security products. Ziff-Davis Labs also uses the Mu-4000 to stress test IP network equipment.

Calix Adds 4-Port 2.4 Gbps GPON Module

Calix introduced a new GPON service interface module to C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP). The GPON module provides a full 2.4 Gbps to each of four optical line terminal (OLT) ports, enabling the delivery of high bandwidth services, such as high definition IPTV, to each of 256 attached subscribers from a single module, or 5,120 from a single Calix C7 MSAP. The multiservice nature of the C7 allows for the support of high-speed, high-density GPON services from the same platform used to support DSL, Gigabit Ethernet, BPON, SONET, and legacy copper services.

In addition to advanced residential services such as IPTV, RF video, and VoIP, the new module supports small business unit (SBU) GPON optical network terminals (ONTs) for delivery of Ethernet transparent LAN services (TLS) as well as native T1 services.

Other features included in the new GPON module include:

  • Supports up to 400 PONs, or 25,600 ONTs per 7-foot rack, density equates to 10 PONs per RU and 640 ONTs per RU of CO rack space.

  • Based on ITU G.984 family of standards

  • Provides a full 2.488 Gbps downstream and 1.244 Gbps upstream

  • Supports 1550 nm video overlay and/or IPTV

  • Supports both GEM (Ethernet) and ATM formats over PON

  • Hardened for remote terminal applications.

Calix noted that over 15,000 C7s have been deployed to date.

Siemens Offers IP Cordless Phone and WLAN DSL Gateway

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) introduced two new Gigaset devices with integrated VoIP functionality.

The Gigaset S450 IP is a hybrid cordless communications system that supports connections for both fixed-line (PSTN) and VoIP over a broadband connection. If the phone is not already pre-configured with the provider's VoIP settings, simple and intuitive menus guide the user to input these settings for rapid configuration. Up to six handsets can be supported and up to 150 contact entries can be stored at any one time. Any of the available Siemens Gigaset DECT 6.0 handsets can be used with the S450 IP.

The Gigaset SX762 WLAN DSL gateway offers service providers a single point of entry into the home for telephony, Internet, networking and home entertainment. Features include an 802.11g wireless Internet router, integrated ADSL2+ modem, a USB 2.0 Host port, two analog phone interfaces and four Ethernet ports for networking PCs. The unit is compatible with the entire range of Siemens' Gigaset DECT 6.0 cordless phones, as well as having the ability to support existing analog phones.

Level 3 Provides Fiber to Library of Congress

Level 3 Communications has delivered fiber optic links to the Library of Congress to support the National Audio Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC). The NAVCC ensures the preservation and digitization of the national copyright collection of films, television, radio, and recorded sound. The facility will house over one million theatrical films, newsreels and television programs, in addition to educational, industrial and advertising material, including over 150,000 reels of nitrate film.

Under the multiple-year agreement, Level 3 has installed and will maintain the connectivity that extends the Library's DWDM network.

RadiSys Introduces Convedia Software Media Server

RadiSys introduced a software-only IP audio and video media processing server for Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) and Linux-based platforms.

The Convedia Software Media Server is available on the company's Promentum ATCA-4300 dual-core dual Xeon compute processing module as well as the IBM System x3550 server. The platform, which is based the same technology used in the company's existing hardware media servers, provides equipment manufacturers and independent software vendors with an entry-level enterprise solution that is compatible with existing Convedia interfaces, while also addressing the growing trend toward deploying ATCA-based products.

The new product positions RadiSys as a unique supplier of both software- and hardware-based media processing products for Enterprise VoIP and IMS markets. It also marks the first product based on integrated technology from RadiSys and Convedia since the acquisition was completed just nine months ago.

"The IP media server market is one that requires a multi-faceted approach rather than a one-size fits all model," said Peter Briscoe, executive vice president and general manager of RadiSys Media Server business unit.

RadiSys Debuts 10-Gigabit ATCA Blade for High Performance Media Processing

RadiSys introduced an Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) Digital Signal Processing (DSP) blade that hosts up to 20 multi-core MSC8144 DSPs from Freescale Semiconductor, providing a major boost in processing power required in next-generation VoIP, media processing and media gateway solutions.

The new Promentum ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module features a mezzanine design to host a farm of up 20 of these quad-core, Freescale DSPs. This reduces the hardware footprint of such next-gen telecom systems by over 50 percent while attaining the same media processing capacity. The mezzanine design also allows telecommunications equipment manufacturers to upgrade over time from one generation of DSP to another without a complete overhaul of the blade.

The ATCA-9100 blade offers ten Gigabit Ethernet fabric connectivity. Additionally, the module includes Serial Rapid IO (SRIO) switching and support for easy debugging of DSP code. RadiSys also includes onboard carrier grade Linux, switching software; blade management software; and, other APIs.

Additionally, the ATCA-9100 is fully optimized for the RadiSys Promentum SYS-6010, the company's 10-Gigabit ATCA platform. Design wins include Radio Network Controllers, Media Gateways, IPTV media routers, Security Gateways and IMS application servers.

Freescale's MSC8144 is the industry's highest performance programmable DSP platform. Combining four StarCore DSP cores at up to 1GHz each, the device is designed to deliver Gigahertz performance, equivalent to a 4GHz single-core DSP. Additionally, it integrates one of the industry's largest embedded memories (at 10.5 MB) in a single package.

Juniper Unveils the T1600, its Next Gen Core Router

Juniper Networks unveiled its next generation, T1600 core router featuring 1.6 Tbps of throughput in a single half-rack chassis. Juniper is aiming the platform at "new, rich-media, experience-based services" which require core routers to feature much higher performance, openness and the ability to support customized service delivery.

Significantly, the T1600 offers 100 Gbps per slot, a capability driven by new, dual 50 Gbps ASICs. This capacity allows two OC-768 (40 Gbps) interfaces per slot today, or 8 x OC-192 per slot, while allowing future 100G interfaces. The T1600 uses compatible with Juniper's existing PIC/FPC interface cards, including the existing 10GE optical interfaces and 40 Gbps interface cards.

As for optical network integration, the T1600 supports OC-768 over dark fiber; 10GE tunability within C-Band via JUNOS CLI; and OC-768 Inverse Mux capabilities on OC-192 Short reach XFPs. It also delivers MPLS control of end-to-end transport paths and supports an open GMPLS optical control plane.

The T1600 uses the same JUNOS operating as the existing T-series routers. All JUNOS features are supported on the T1600, including recently introduced point-to-multipoint (P2MP) MPLS capabilities for efficient core video distribution.

As with all Juniper routers, the T1600 is fully policy-enabled and managed through the recently announced Session Resource Control (SRC) product family.

On a full-rack basis, two T1600 routers would deliver up to 3.2 Tbps of throughput in a single, standard 7-foot rack. Compared to the competition, this represents 2.5X capacity in the same footprint.

Juniper lists a number of other strategic differentiators, including:

  • Energy efficiency -- the T1600 consumes 30 percent less power and requires 30 percent less cooling than competitive platforms.

  • OS compatibility with its installed base.

  • Migrating path for existing T640 routers -- the upgrade to a T1600 takes as little as 90 minutes and can be performed without service interruption.

The T1600 core router is expected to be generally available for deployment in Q407.

Qwest's Notebaert to Retire

Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and chief executive officer, announced plans to retire from both positions upon the selection of a successor, for which a formal search is under way.

Notebaert has served in these positions since 2002. Formerly, he Notebaert was president and chief executive officer of Tellabs, a position he had held since August 2000. Prior to that, Notebaert retired from his position as chairman of the board of Ameritech Corporation in December 1999.

Oversi Raises $8 Million for P2P Caching for Carriers

Oversi, a start-up based in Israel, raised $8 million in an extended second round of funding. The funding was led by Carmel Ventures together with StageOne Ventures and TempoPark Fund. Cisco was one of the investors.

Oversi develops P2P caching solutions that enable service providers to deliver more bandwidth on their existing infrastructures while optimizing network performance. The same Oversi platform provides a critical building block for supporting the emerging services of P2P VOD (Video on Demand) and P2P TV.

Neuf Cegetel Deploys Cisco 7600 and CRS-1 Routers

Neuf Cegetel has chosen the Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture to transform its network to deliver both residential and corporate IP services over the next three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Neuf Cegetel's residential network comprises approximately 200 points of presence (POPs) connected to around 1,200 central offices (COs) throughout France. The company currently serves 4 million residential customers, out of which 2.3 million are broadband customers, and connects 148,000 business clients' sites.

Neuf Cegetel is deploying Cisco 7600 Series Routers, including the new Cisco 7603 Router as the access and aggregation platform, at its POPS and COs to take advantage of the coverage of the residential network and significantly enhance its enterprise market coverage and service portfolio.

Neuf Cegetel is also deploying Cisco's flagship CRS-1 Carrier Routing System to strengthen its core network. The Cisco CRS-1s are equipped with 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface modules to provide the transport across the IP/MPLS core network and the DSL aggregation layer. Ethernet VPN connectivity for large businesses and service provider customers is supported on an IP/MPLS-enabled core architecture based on the Cisco IOS MPLS virtual private LAN service (VPLS) technology.

Yipes Names VP of Network Architecture

Yipes named Shankar Narayanaswamy as VP of Network Architecture, reporting to Dr. Kamran Sistanizadeh, chief technology officer and co-founder of Yipes. Narayanaswamy was most recently with Covad Communications, where he led the design and development of VoIP, IPTV, and Video on Demand (VoD) services. He also initiated and drove the evolution of Covad's nationwide network from ATM to MPLS. In this new position, Narayanaswamy will further develop the architecture and drive the expansion of Yipes' next-generation Ethernet VPLS platform.

AppTrigger Pioneers Application Evolution to IMS with IN-SCS Functionality

AppTrigger announce IN-SCS (Intelligent Network -- Service Capability Server) functionality in the latest release of its Ignite Application Session Controller (version 7.0). The new capabilities are key for evolving large scale legacy IN applications into IMS network architectures.

AppTrigger's Ignite 7.0 Application Session Controller delivers IN-SCS functionality that enables service providers to evolve their existing voice centric IN applications, such as pre-paid and voice messaging, to work within the IMS networks. Service providers would no longer need to replace these IN applications, resulting in dramatic CAPEX savings.

"With the current IMS landscape, service providers will need to spend billions of dollars duplicating perfectly good applications for the IMS network with little to no increase in ARPU. The Ignite Application Session Controller resolves this problem by providing a solution that enables existing revenue producing IN applications to work seamlessly with the IMS architecture," said Chris Todd, President and CEO of AppTrigger.

Key features of AppTrigger's Ignite Application Session Controller Version 7.0 include:

  • SIP to IN Internetworking -- Provides interworking of SIP signaling with IS41 and TCAP signaling to provide bridging of next generation applications with legacy wireless and wireline applications.
    MAP and CAMEL Protocol Support -- Provides SS7 application layer signaling for key applications such as voicemail and prepaid services for GSM based wireless networks.

  • SIGTRAN Support -- Provides the efficiencies and cost savings of IP transport without interrupting service or removing existing SS7-related network equipment and facilitates transition from the SS7 wireless space to IP-based networks.

  • Web Services Support -- Enabling application development to be opened up to the much wider audience of IT and web development professionals.

  • Enhanced CCXML Support -- Extended CCXML support enables existing applications written in CCXML to be connected to new networks and not have to be re-written.

  • Performance -- Enhancements that take advantage of multi-CPU and multi-core processor technology and provide significant capacity improvements for the high traffic revenue generating applications.