Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Infineon Trims Outlook for Communications Solutions

Citing lower volumes in certain wireless platform projects, Infineon Technologies trimmed its outlook for its Communication Solutions segment.

Infineon now anticipates revenues in the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 to be about flat from the previous quarter. The company also expects that the revised revenue outlook in combination with customization expenses associated with the ramp of new platforms should lead to a decline in EBIT excluding gains and charges from the previous quarter. The company anticipates revenues and EBIT excluding gains and charges to improve in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008 compared to the previous quarter.

Intel and Micron Preview 34nm 32 Gb Flash Memory Chips

Intel and Micron Technology previewd the industry's first sub-40 nanometer (nm) NAND memory device, unveiling a 34nm 32 gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell chip. The device was developed for the next wave of solid-state drives for notebook computers and other portable devices.
This process technology was jointly developed by Intel and Micron and manufactured by the companies' NAND flash joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).

The companies said 34nm 32 Gb chips will be manufactured on 300 millimeter wafers, each producing approximately 1.6 terabytes of NAND. Measuring just 172mm², less than the size of a thumbnail, the 34nm 32 Gb chip will cost-effectively enable high-density solid-state storage in small form factor applications.

  • A single 32 Gb chip could store more than 2,000 high-resolution digital photos or hold up to 1,000 songs on a personal music player.

  • Two 8-die stacked packages would realize 64 gigabytes (GBs) of storage, enough for recording anywhere from eight to 40 hours of high-definition video in a digital camcorder.

Based on the 34nm architecture, Intel and Micron also plan to introduce lower density multi-level cell products including single-level cell products, by the end of this calendar year.

Alvarion Supplies 802.16e Network for Balticum TV in Lithuania

Balticum TV, which operates a CATV network in Lithuania, has selected Alvarion to deploy an 802.16e network in the three Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Phase one is already in progress and is providing primary broadband services to Lithuanian business and residential users. Alvarion is collaborating with its long time partner DAN Communications in this deployment.

Balticum TV is the first 3.5 GHz WiMAX license holder to launch a commercial 802.16e deployment, providing advanced high-quality voice and data services enabled by Alvarion's 4Motion solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.alvarion.com

SOFTBANK TELECOM Selects MRV's Optical Platform

Japan's SOFTBANK TELECOM has deplyed MRV's Fiber Driver optical multi-service platform as the basis for its Japan-wide ATM access network. SOFTBANK TELECOM has configured the network using a unique bi-directional single fiber capability that allowed the company to reduce its fiber needs overall and significantly reduce its operating expenditures from the beginning of the project. The network includes more than several thousand Fiber Driver demarcation devices, and leverages the system's link monitoring capabilities coupled with its Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) management framework for service level assurance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This network marks one of our largest installations worldwide with a tier-one carrier and demonstrates that the high-performance and feature-rich Fiber Driver platform can scale to serve the needs of very large networks," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV Communications.

Nihon Cornet Technology, K.K. serves as MRV's master distributor in Japan.

MRV's Fiber Driver optical multi-service product line provides a full range of solutions like services demarcation, media conversion, signal repeating and fiber-optimization, including coarse and dense WDM capabilities. Both managed and unmanaged solutions are offered, including rack-mount, modular systems and desktop systems.

Telx Deploys Ciena's CN 4200 Platform

Telx, which operates over a dozen colocation and interconnection facilities across the U.S., has deployed Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform in two key metro markets, Dallas and New York. This equipment is used as part of the Telx Metro Cross Connect service to facilitate interconnections between dual ColoXchange facilities within a city. Specifically, Telx deployed Ciena's solution for its sub-wavelength grooming capability. Ciena's FlexiPort technology allows any service to be programmed on any port.

Telx's new Metro Cross Connect service provides customers with access to all carriers in a metro, colocated with Telx, through a single deployment. Currently, more than 60 network and solution providers within the Telx Interconnection facility at 2323 Bryan Street are now available to companies colocated at 8435 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. More than 400 global networks are available for interconnection between the two facilities in New York; 60 Hudson Street and 111 8th Avenue, where Telx facilitates connections for networks, enterprises and financial companies.http://www.ciena.com
  • In January 2008, Ciena announced new G10 and G10X Ethernet Service Modules that deliver Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation, switching and transport capabilities on to the company's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family. Targeted applications for the CN 4200 with new Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation and switching capabilities include Metro Ethernet Forum-based Carrier Ethernet services, broadband aggregation for triple play and IPTV services and 3G wireless backhaul.

    Ciena's CN 4200 is a WDM transport platform that offers on-demand programmability and support for any service. The CN 4200 platform allows network operators to groom, switch, and transpond a diverse range of client services, such as OC-3/12/48 and STM-1/4/16, GbE, Fibre Channel, FICON, and ESCON into higher-speed 2.7 Gbps (OTU-1), 10.7 Gbps (OTU-2), and 43 Gbps (OTU-3) transport streams. In addition, an "RS" chassis can function as a multi-degree Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM).

Marvell Posts Revenue of $804 Million, up 27%

Marvell Technology reported net revenue for its first quarter of fiscal 2009 of $804 million, an increase of 27 percent over $635 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, ended April 28, 2007, and a 5 percent sequential decline from $845 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, ended February 2, 2008. Net income (GAAP) was $69.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with a net loss under GAAP of $52.8 million, or $0.09 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Despite normal seasonal declines in the hard-disk drive market, first quarter sales were flat sequentially. In the cellular and mobile device market, revenues were in-line with prior expectations, with strong demand for the company's EDGE communication processors. Marvell achieved an important milestone as it began volume shipments of its next-generation 3G High Speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA) communications processor to a key smartphone supplier in the first fiscal quarter. Demand in the enterprise networking market reflected positive acceptance of Metro-Ethernet products, offset by normal seasonal declines in sales of enterprise system controller products.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell chairman and chief executive. "We surpassed our revenue targets, despite an uncertain economic environment and continuing pricing pressures in our core markets. Cost cutting initiatives implemented in prior periods also paid off, improving Marvell's performance. We surpassed our long term gross margin goal of 50 percent and made significant progress toward our long term operating margin goal of 20 percent, on a recurring non-GAAP basis."

Türk Telekom Selects Alcatel-Lucent for ASON/GMPLS Optical

Türk Telekom has awarded a EUR 21.6 million contract to Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an optical network using an intelligent control plane. The ASON/GMPLS technology employed for the project will enable automatic traffic provisioning for enhanced network protection, operation and maintenance. This will help Türk Telekom further optimize its efficiency in network resource utilization to deliver existing and new services, such as Ethernet-based services, to business and residential users, while protecting its previous investments.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its optical networking solution with intelligent control plane in the cities of Ankara, Adana, Istanbul and Izmir. The intelligent control plane, which is based on automatically switched optical network/generalized multi-protocol label switching (ASON*/GMPLS) technology, will run over Alcatel-Lucent 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) platforms in Türk Telekom's core transport network.
Furthermore, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems to extend the current transport infrastructure, based on Alcatel-Lucent's synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technologies. The existing Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite - providing all the administration, configuration, fault prevention and security management capacity required to operate this type of networks - will manage the new equipment.

With this deployment, Alcatel-Lucent exceeds more than 700 ASON/GMPLS-enabled optical cross-connects rolled out worldwide.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tata Indicom to Deploy First A-GPS Location-Based Service in India

Tata Teleservices confirmed plans to commercially deploy a new location-based service (LBS) that is the first to use Qualcomm's Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology in the Indian market.

The service, which will use Qualcomm's QPoint solution and gpsOne chipset technology, with hosting services from TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), is expected to be available on multiple handsets from Tata's catalog by late 2008.

Conventional Cell-ID-based solutions rely solely on base stations for positioning, which can equate to less than optimal functionality in areas where cellular signals are compromised. Tata's A-GPS service leverages triangulation with cellular base stations and satellite- based GPS for. Qualcomm said this enables precise position location in both rural and urban environments, including inside buildings and structures.

Tata plans on working with the local developer community to create both consumer and enterprise LBS applications. Consumer navigation will include friend finder and social networking applications, while enterprise customers will benefit from asset and fleet tracking applications.

Tata Teleservices is using CDMA 3G 1X technology in its wireless network. Tata Teleservices along with Tata Teleservices (Maharastra) Limited, operates in more than 5,000 towns across 19 circles i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, New Delhi, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Kolkata, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The company has a customer base of more than 25 million.http://www.qualcomm.com

Verizon FiOS TV Puts Programming on the Web

Subscribers to Verizon FiOS TV will now be able to view the programming guide on the web. The site allows customers to use any desktop or laptop computer to review their local TV schedules and information about video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view offerings. Soon, customers will also be able to use the site to program their digital video recorders (DVR), among other features.

  • A home page that offers select VOD trailers and featured titles; a listing of the night's primetime programs; regularly updated lists of the top-watched TV shows and top-purchased VOD titles; and links to each area of the site, including a help page.

  • TV listings with a local channel schedule for the next 14 days and the ability to filter by categories (day, channel or time; kids, sports or high-definition programming; or movies).

  • VOD titles and listings with information on each title and the ability to filter by categories (genre, rating, expiration date or price/free).

  • Search function that lets customers filter by TV shows, movies, VOD, celebrity or pay-per-view.

Verizon plans to add features to the site later this year that will allow customers to control their DVRs (digital video recorders) and set up and modify recordings remotely. Customers also will be able to order VOD programming and other content and manage parental controls, among other capabilities.

Russia's TransTeleCom Deploys Huawei 40G Net Linking Moscow, St. Petersburg

Russia's TransTeleCom (TTC) has deployed a 40 Gbps link between Moscow and St. Petersburg using equipment from Huawei Technology. The 1,141 km network, connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, requires no electric regeneration. The deployment is believed to be the industry's longest 40G commercial transport network, according to Huawei.

The solution uses Huawei's patented SuperWDM technologies. Huawei said its C-band extension patent technology can help operators increase their fiber transmission bandwidth by an extra 20%. Furthermore, Huawei's 40G transport solution can be upgraded from 10G to 40G without any platform replacement.

Huawei's 40G solutions have been deployed in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. By the end of 2007, Huawei has deployed over 650,000 sets of OptiX optical network series in more than 100 countries. According to Ovum RHK, Huawei ranked No. 2 in the optical network market in the world with a market share of 14% in 2007.

ADC Introduces Multi-Protocol Radio Head for Euro Markets

ADC announced that its FlexWave URH multi-band radio head for outdoor distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments is now available for European markets. The FlexWave URH features digital RF technology an is designed to allow carriers to combine multiple bands and multiple protocols over a single digital serial stream to a single radiating point, thereby expanding coverage and capacity while gaining significant savings in operating and capital expenses (OPEX and CAPEX).

FlexWave URH currently supports 1800 MHz DCS and 2100 MHz UMTS frequencies, with 900 MHz GSM to be supported in the third quarter. ADC's new SeRF technology makes FlexWave URH the industry's only outdoor DAS solution to combine digitized RF and baseband (CPRI/OBSAI) over a single stream. FlexWave URH has tri-band remotes, which allow carriers to serve 900/1800/2100 MHz services from a single radiating point, and it can be field-upgraded to enable pay-as-you grow business models.