Thursday, February 7, 2008

Devicescape Enhances its Software Client to Automate Wi-Fi Access

Devicescape Software released the second generation of its Wi-Fi client software, expanding coverage by allowing devices to instantly access potentially millions of free and open hotspots. Devicescape 2.0 now provides connections to free or open hotspots, subscription networks, and home and other personal Wi-Fi networks.

Devicescape eliminates the need to launch a browser to enter user names and passwords. Once the client application is downloaded, and the consumer has registered for the free service, the device automatically connects with available networks.

Devicescape 2.0 works with Windows laptops, Nokia series 60 devices, Nokia Internet Tablets, Mac OSX, Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and will be available shortly for Windows Mobile Smartphones.

For device manufacturers, Devicescape provides a Wi-Fi solution that immediately connects any device to millions of hotspots around the world, without the consumer having to do anything. Devicescape has also launched a developer community and is offering SDK source code.
  • Devicescape, which is based in San Bruno, California, is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, JAFCO Ventures, August Capital, Concept Ventures and Applied Materials.

Alvarion Unveils SentieM for Mobile WiMAX

Alvarion unveiled its "SentieM" technologies designed to comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard and WiMAX Forum Mobile WiMAX specifications, while optimizing the benefits of technologies such as MIMO, Beamforming and SDMA, as well as introduce new capabilities to enhance the overall solution value for operators.

The enhancements aim for better coverage, capacity and throughput per user to operators using Alvarion's end-to-end Mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution. SentieM includes Advanced Antenna and Radio Resource technologies in addition to Distributed Network capabilities, improving the economics for operators and the quality of service for subscribers.

SentieM technologies include:

  • On-demand Collaborative MIMO and Beamforming -- enhances coverage and boosts capacities by intelligently utilizing air interface and radio resources.

  • Subscriber independent SDMA technology directing the radio interface at users that create the most efficient network -- extends cell capacity to any device on the network.

  • Self-learning algorithm for rate adaptation that modifies itself according to variations in the channel's condition -- provides better performance and maximizes capacity.

  • Distributed radio architecture -- enables all base stations to coordinate and negotiate with each other, resulting in less delay, less latency and fast response time.

  • Hierarchical ASN-GW network architecture -- provides network survivability with localized mobility, a key factor when designing and deploying a WiMAX network.
  • High-quality voice service by optimizing scheduling -- allows a higher capacity of users on the network, adaptively managing the air interface and providing superior voice services which are near wire-line in quality.

Wind River Systems Touts Carrier Grade Linux

Wind River Systems announced that it has become the first commercial vendor to meet the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 4.0 requirements specified by the Linux Foundation. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 2.0, adheres to the most recent CGL specification and is available immediately to Wind River customers for project development.

The CGL 4.0 specification defines approximately 250 individual requirements divided into seven key categories for equipment providers: availability, clustering, serviceability, performance, standards, hardware and security. Requirements in each category are then split into priority levels of mandatory, desired and roadmap. The CGL specification, which started in 2002, has undergone several updates, and is now the standard choice for ATCA-based network equipment. It is also designed to support all hardware capabilities to create a foundation for a complete Carrier-Grade solution.

ZTE USA Launches First Handset for U.S. Market

ZTE released its first handset for the U.S. market. The ZTE C88, which is now available for purchase through MetroPCS stores, operates in the PCS and Cellular bands (1900 and 850 MHz) .

Freescale's Michel Mayer Steps Down as CEO

Michel Mayer has decided to step down as chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor. The company and its board of directors have initiated a search for a new CEO. Mayer will continue in his current role until a successor has been identified and will remain chairman of the board until the transition is effective. Mayer joined Freescale in May, 2004 and led the company through its transition from a semiconductor division of Motorola to a public company following an initial public offering in July 2004. In December 2006, Freescale became the largest leveraged buy-out (LBO) in the history of the technology industry.