Monday, February 4, 2008

One Minute Video: What is MPLS?

One Minute Video presented by Atif Khan, Juniper Networks -- What is MPLS?

Jargon Buster

Vitesse Embeds Waveform Viewing in ICs

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced new technology that embeds the oscilloscope function into the receiver of ICs used in communication systems, thus offering direct viewing of signal characteristics similar to traditional lab oscilloscopes.

Vitesse's "VScope" is a patented Integrated Circuit (IC) based waveform viewing technology that provides an emdeded signal analysis tool that can be remotely monitored through network connections. Vitesse said VScope leapfrogs current signal integrity methods to scan the input data eye within the chip itself and produces the industry's first offering of true in-line imaging of the real-time data stream on a per-pin basis.

Vitesse's VScope data acquisition architecture uses dual adjustable sampling channels for simultaneously receiving and scanning. The company said VScope delivers superior accuracy over external measurement methods because it reflects the true behavior of the data stream as it is captured, thus avoiding correlation errors between the measurement circuitry and live data path. Post-equalizer scanning, made possible with VScope, delivers an unobstructed view of the internal IC signal compared to oscilloscopes that offer only an extrapolated view of signals from outside the chip.

One Minute Video: What is GMPLS?

One Minute Video presented by Elise Gerich, Juniper Networks -- What is GMPLS?

Jargon Buster

Tekelec Acquires Estacado Systems for SIP Software Expertise

Tekelec has recently acquired substantially all of the assets of Estacado Systems, a start-up based in Dallas, Texas that develops Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Estacado Systems was established in 2004 by a team of SIP pioneers including Ajay Deo, Ben Campbell, Adam Roach and Robert Sparks. Members of the company's executive team are key players in the industry, promoting SIP as the broadly accepted standard for next-generation signaling. They continue to serve on the SIP Forum and chair several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working groups, along with authoring over 20 Requests for Comment (RFCs). Their deep expertise also includes SIMPLE-based presence and instant messaging and broadband VoIP networking. In addition, they have substantial experience in related technologies, such as 3GPP IMS subsystems. The core team also contributed to the design, development and deployment of one of the earliest IMS networks in the United States.

The Estacado team, which will remain based in Dallas, Texas.

Tekelec said the deal bolsters its engineering talent and complements its earlier acquisition of iptelorg GMBH.

Redback and Ericsson Announce Leadership Changes

Redback Networks, which was acquired by Ericsson last year, announced leadership changes and the creation of a larger product unit that will merge Ericsson's R&D resources in Silicon Valley for fixed and mobile IP products.

The new "Product Area Packet Networks" will be headed by Georges Antoun, who is promoted to CEO of Redback from senior vice president of worldwide field operations, product management and marketing. Antoun joined Redback in 2001 and is a former Cisco vice president.

Kevin DeNuccio will retain the role of Redback president until April 1, when he will be promoted to the role of vice chairman and new strategy officer on Redback's management board. In this capacity, DeNuccio will help drive Ericsson's larger all-IP strategy with Redback Board Chairman Bert Nordberg, one of four executive vice presidents at Ericsson.http://www.redback.com

Riverbed Reports Q4 Revenue of $76.3 Million

Riverbed Technology, which specializes in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions reported Q4 2007 revenues of $76.3 million, an increase of 126% from the fourth quarter of 2006 and a 21% increase over the third quarter of 2007. GAAP net income was $4.8 million, or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.04 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2006. Riverbed's fourth quarter of 2007 GAAP results included $9.8 million of stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2007 were $236.4 million, a 162% increase from $90.2 million of revenues in the prior year. Riverbed posted its first full year of profitability in 2007. GAAP net income for 2007 was $14.8 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $15.8 million, or $0.59 per share, in 2006.

"Over the past year, we have continued the rapid expansion of our business, growing revenues by 162%, adding over 1,800 customers and building a business that generated over 18% non-GAAP operating margins in 2007 compared to losses in 2006," noted Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed president and chief executive officer. "

RadiSys Reports Q4 Revenue of $99 Million

RadiSys announced revenues of $99.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 and a net loss of $2.4 million or $0.11 per share. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $4.5 million or $0.17 per diluted share. Non-GAAP results exclude a loss of approximately $0.28 per share, primarily attributable to the impact of acquisition-related expenses and stock-based compensation expense.

The company reported 2007 full year revenues of $325.2 million, an increase of 11% compared to 2006 revenues of $292.5 million. The net loss in 2007 was $17.6 million or $0.80 per share, compared to a net loss of $13 million or $0.62 per share in 2006. Non-GAAP net income in 2007 was $7.8 million or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $12 million or $0.50 per diluted share in 2006.

Commenting on the financial results for the quarter, Scott Grout, President and CEO stated, "We had a strong quarter in our wireless business due to some acceleration of customer demand into the fourth quarter. This combined with a sequential increase in our Commercial business as well as a full quarter of revenue associated with our acquisition of the Modular Communications Platform Division (MCPD) from Intel resulted in record quarterly revenues for the Company with year over year growth for the quarter of 63% and sequential growth of 19%. "

Veraz and Verint Partner on Lawful Intercept for IMS Networks

Verint Systems has joined Veraz Networks' partnership program as a ‘Deployment-ready' member of the Veraz Open Solution Alliance (VOSA). Verint's STAR-GATE Communications Interception Solution successfully completed rigorous interoperability testing with the Veraz ControlSwitch products and the I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways. Veraz enables service providers to deliver IP, multimedia and traditional legacy services across any network to fixed, mobile and fixed-mobile subscribers. Verint's STAR-GATE solution enables service providers to effectively manage vast numbers of targets, concurrent sessions, call data records, and communications on virtually any type of network.

The companies said their joint solution enables service providers to comply with existing and anticipated mandatory lawful intercept (LI) policies set forth by CALEA (Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act) in the United States, by ETSI in Europe, and by other regulatory bodies around the world. The solution is deployed in live networks in a number of countries around the world, including a deployment for a leading wireless service provider in India.http://www.veraznetworks.com

Broadcom Debuts Single-Chip 65nm Mobile TV Receivers

Broadcom introduced a 65 nanometer (nm) digital TV single-chip receiver that supports the DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast- Terrestrial) and DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standards. The device is designed for the power and size constraints of cellular handsets and other portable devices that offer mobile TV applications.

The new Broadcom BCM2940 mobile TV receiver integrates a dual-mode demodulator and tuner. Also announced is the 65nm Broadcom BCM2930 mobile TV receiver that is optimized for DVB-T applications targeting high volume set-top-box and PC markets.

Broadcom said both devices significantly reduce power consumption by up to 40% and footprint requirements by up to 30% from current handset design budgets. Additionally, the advanced tuner and demodulator design of both chips allows for measurably improved reception indoors and in high-speed environments.

NEC Trials Femtocell Solution With Mobile Operators

NEC announced that its femtocell solution has entered into operator trials in Europe and in other parts of the world.

The NEC femtocell solution includes both the femtocell access point for direct subscriber use, together with the femtocell gateway and the management and provisioning systems.

NEC said it is uniquely positioned to serve this market because its solution can integrate with the 3G core network using the Iu interface or to the IMS core network using the SIP interface. NEC's femtocell solution is also compatible with the existing and planned 3G mobile handsets, which is essential for driving mass-market adoption.

CounterPath Acquires BridgePort Networks for FMC

CounterPath, which supplies desktop and mobile VoIP software, has acquired BridgePort Networks, a developer of Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions for service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BridgePort offers a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) open standards-based approach to FMC that creates a seamless union between mobile and broadband networks, allowing users to benefit from numerous advantages such as single number identity regardless of the network they use. BridgePort's portfolio include a MobileSTICK product for supporting SIP-based voice, SMS, Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) and video services, and the NomadicONE Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) along with the NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server (ICS). The company has eighteen patents either pending or granted. Since 2002, over $50 million has been invested in the development and initial marketing of BridgePort's intellectual property assets.

"We are rapidly executing on the new strategy and vision that started with our acquisition of NewHeights Software, that is, to transform CounterPath from a leading desktop softphone company to an innovative 'one stop shop' VoIP solutions company," said Greg Pelling, Chief Executive Officer of CounterPath. "Our acquisition of BridgePort Networks builds on the value of our most recent acquisition of FirstHand Technologies, a leader in Enterprise FMC. By adding BridgePort's unique carrier-class FMC offerings, we now become the industry innovation leader for service providers, enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers as the only company offering a tailored platform that seamlessly bridges voice, text messaging, multimedia, video and presence-based applications between virtually any networks - fixed or mobile. Our management team's unique approach to successfully identify, acquire and integrate companies allows us to rapidly execute on CounterPath's strategy and increase shareholder value while establishing ourselves as a trusted innovator to our growing list of strategic clients."

FCC Grants NextPhase Complete Capacity Rights to Fixed Wireless Spectrum Covering Los Angeles

The FCC approved a Long Term Use Filing relating to NextPhase's right to use complete capacity on select bands within the fixed wireless spectrum covering the Los Angeles, California BTA (Basic Trading Area) -- one of four BTAs secured by NextPhase in a recently announced agreement with Nextlink Wireless, Inc.

The FCC originally licensed this wireless spectrum to Nextlink, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. and a leading provider of carrier-grade, alternative access solutions that hold licenses to fixed wireless spectrum covering 75 major metropolitan markets in the U.S. On December 13, 2007, NextPhase and Nextlink announced that the Companies had entered a long term agreement providing for NextPhase to secure from Nextlink fixed wireless spectrum capacity over four metro BTAs -- Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/Wilmington, Delaware/Trenton, New Jersey.

Thomson to Supply Airvana's UMTS Femtocell Products

Thomson entered into a global sourcing agreement to use Airvana's Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) femtocell technology in conjunction with its own residential gateways.

"By partnering with Airvana we will add value to our residential gateway product line and strengthen our innovative offering in the fixed-mobile convergence space. Incorporating such advanced femtocell technologies in our gateway platforms will also further consolidate Thomson's position within the 3G femto home access solution ecosystem of Nokia Siemens Networks with whom we've entered into a related collaboration in 2007," said Georges Laplanche, Vice President of Thomson's Premises Systems business unit.
  • In September 2007, Airvana announced that it is working with Nokia Siemens Networks to provide an end-to-end femto cell solution for 3G mobile operators. Airvana said its UMTS Home Base Station femto cell leverages software-based functionality and off-the-shelf silicon to accelerate feature development and reduce product cost. The product is being certified to interoperate with Nokia Siemens Networks' Femto Gateway. As the first milestone in this effort, the companies have successfully completed simultaneous end-to-end calls utilizing Airvana's femto cell and Nokia Siemens Networks' Femto Gateway to connect to a 3GPP core network. The two companies will cooperate in the marketing and sales of the joint solution to mobile operators worldwide. Each company will independently supply its respective products to the operator. Initial trials of the joint solution are expected by the end of 2007, with deployments starting in 2008.

  • In July 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks announced plans for a new Femto Gateway network element that will not require changes in the operators' existing core network, as it will connect to the core network over a standard interface. Mounted in a standard telco rack, it serves as the grooming point for cellular traffic to multiple Femto CPE. The Femto Gateway will also connect via an open interface to Femto Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in homes, allowing Femto customer equipment from multiple vendors to be connected to it. The Femto Gateway will support any Femto CPE certified by Nokia Siemens Networks to conform with the interface. Nokia Siemens Networks said it will co-operate with Femto CPE vendors to ensure interoperability of their equipment to the Nokia Siemens Networks interface.

  • Also in July 2007, Thomson and Nokia Siemens Networks announced a partnership to develop 3G femto cell home access solution. Specifically, Thomson's femto cell-enabled residential gateway will be coupled with the newly announced 3G Femto Home Access network solution from Nokia Siemens Networks. The solution will allow operators to deliver 3G multimedia services such as music downloads and video available in the home on any WCDMA 3G handset.

AT&T Announces its Technology Award Winners

AT&T named five AT&T Fellows Honor recipients and 12 Science and Technology Medalists in its technical staff who have made continual, outstanding and unique contributions to AT&T and the world through their technical and scientific achievements.

Recipients of the AT&T Fellows Honor for 2007 are:

  • Christopher Chase (Austin, Texas), for innovative and pioneering contributions to Virtual Private Network architecture and management.

  • Nicholas Duffield (Florham Park), for fundamental contributions to network measurement that have had a broad impact on AT&T and the industry.

  • Gerald Karam (Florham Park), for technical contribution and leadership in the creation and implementation of Voice XML and innovative voice services over Internet Protocol (IP).

  • Stephen North (Florham Park,), for leading research in visualization of information at large scale.

  • Walter Willinger (Florham Park), for fundamental contributions to understanding the behavior of large data networks.

The 2007 AT&T Science and Technology Medalists are:

  • Jon Barry (Tampa, Fla.), for technical innovation and outstanding contributions to AT&T remote access services.

  • Pierre Costa (Austin, Texas), for technical contribution in the field of video research, design and quality-evaluation techniques.

  • David Gibbon (Middletown, N.J.), for outstanding technical leadership in the field of video and multimedia processing and digital content management.

  • Karrie J. Hanson (Florham Park), for sustained technical innovation of Web-based communications services.

  • Balachander Krishnamurthy (Florham Park), for technical leadership and innovation in helping to establish disciplined Internet and Web measurement.

  • Richard T. Kwapniewski (Middletown, N.J.), for outstanding technical contributions to the introduction of IP version 6 technology and for
    sustained technical innovation in control plane reliability and performance.

  • Anthony C. Longhitano (Middletown, N.J.), for his lifetime contributions to the development and implementation of IP/MPLS, ATM and frame relay communications networks.

  • Kent McCammon (San Ramon, Calif.), for his outstanding technical contributions in broadband access technologies employed in the AT&T
    U-verse TV platform.

  • Raj Savoor (San Ramon, Calif.), for technical innovation and leadership in the design and development of performance and capacity applications.

  • David Shively (Atlanta), for outstanding technical contributions to AT&T's wireless business, including strategic direction for spectrum
    management and radio technologies.

  • Oliver Spatscheck (Florham Park), for invention and innovative application of deep packet inspection application monitoring technology.

  • Marc Sullivan (Austin, Texas), for outstanding technical achievement and leadership in the development of customer-facing aspects of DSL and U-verse IPTV services.

Xilinx Debuts Multi-mode Radio Card Supporting 3GPP-LTE

At next week's Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Xilinx will unveil its latest portfolio of flexible hardware solutions for mobile phone base stations, supporting all major air interfaces, including 3GPP-LTE. In addition, it will highlight a new digital pre-distortion (DPD) capability that enables infrastructure vendors to achieve significant power reductions from the latest generation of power amplifiers.

Xilinx will show a Multi-mode Radio Card supporting UMTS, 3GPP-LTE, TD-SCDMA and WiMAX, using the DSP resources of the FPGA to cost effectively implement the signal processing requirements of digital up conversion (DUC), digital down conversion (DDC), crest factor reduction (CFR) and digital pre-distortion (DPD).

Xilinx will also host a baseband demonstration that comprises a complete, high-throughput, 3GPP-LTE-compliant physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH), utilizing IP components, including an LTE turbo decoder, FFT/iFFT blocks with cyclic prefix insertion, rate matching and QAM mapper/demapper functions. Implemented using the latest VirtexTM-5 FPGA technology, the transmit and receive functions are connected by Ethernet to a host PC that sources and displays different video streams. A dual video stream arrangement is then used to demonstrate the capabilities of the >100Mbps net throughput performance of the 3GPP-LTE PHY, over a 10MHz frequency band.

WiMedia Certifies 7 More UWB Platforms

The WiMedia Alliance has certified an additional seven platforms on its Ultra- Wideband (UWB) Common Radio Platform. These include platforms from Artimi, LucidPort Technology, NEC Electronics, and NXP Semiconductors -- bring the total number of WiMedia platform certifications to 19, enabling the continued wide-scale development of WiMedia-based end-user products for the CE, PC and mobile device markets.

WiMedia Certification is awarded to platforms that successfully complete all phases of the Alliance's rigorous interoperability testing program. This designation signifies compliance with the Alliance's international UWB standards (ISO/IEC 26907 and 26908) and provides assurance to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs) that WiMedia Certified platforms will perform with a high level of interoperability, and will coexist with other nearby WiMedia-based devices.

Ericsson to Supply Microwave & Fiber Backhaul for Singapore's M1

Ericsson won a two-phase turnkey contract to implement microwave and optical transmission solutions for M1, one of Singapore's leading mobile communications providers. Under the contract, Ericsson is to supply, implement and maintain full turnkey microwave and optical transmission solutions that allow optimization on both network and sites - acting as the backhaul of M1's wireless broadband and cellular traffic - thereby resulting in a more robust and cost-effective network. The transmission portfolio, comprising of Ericsson's MINI-LINK solutions, Optical MultiService Metro-Edge (OMS) platform and the ServiceOn management system, is expected to rollout in early part of 2008 and will involve several hundred sites across Singapore. The two-phased project will focus on expanding the capacity of these 600 sites and fully utilizing backhaul speeds, thereby improving performance of M1's transmission network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

USAID, Cisco Extend International Development Partnership

The United States Agency for International Development and Cisco Systems announced a five-year extension of a partnership focused on education and economic growth in poor communities worldwide. Since 2000, USAID has worked with Cisco to bring its Networking Academy, a technical school program, to more than 45 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. To date, the program has reached more than 50,000 students, helping to provide them with the technology and computer skills to compete in the global marketplace.

NEC Develops Reconfigurable Analog Baseband LSI for Software Defined Radio

NEC has developed a reconfigurable analog baseband LSI for Software Defined Radio (SDR). The new device is capable of filtering unnecessary signals in the frequency range of 400 KHz to 30 MHz, allowing it to simultaneously support multiple wireless standards for existing and future mobile system standards such as mobile phone, broadcasting, and wireless LAN systems.