Sunday, August 23, 2009

Solarflare Announces 10 Gigabit Controller Family, 10GBASE-T LOM Chip

Solarflare Communications introduced its new family of 10GbE controllers, including the industry's first 10GBASE-T LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) product.

This new product family, which represents the company's third-generation 10GbE products consists of the Solarstorm SFL9022 dual-port LOM, the Solarstorm SFL9021 single-port LOM and the Solarstorm SFC9020 dual-port controller.

Solarflare said its 10GbE controllers achieve sub-6 microsecond latency, enabling the use of 10GbE interfaces in high-performance, real-time applications, such as high-frequency trading, Web 2.0 and cloud computing applications.

The SFC9000 family also features a fully-virtualized architecture, which supports 10x the number of virtual machines and virtual NICs as leading competitors, and the ability to provision and manage IP flows to ensure optimal application performance and network resource utilization. The family also includes the world's first fully-integrated 10GBASE-T LOM, which enables the lowest cost, backwards compatibility with 1000 Mbps Ethernet and support for installed cabling media. These are all critical requirements for broad-based adoption in industry standard and volume servers. Solarflare's controllers deliver 37 Gbps aggregate bandwidth and a full array of stateless offloads.

Other key features include:

  • Less than half the power consumption of 1oGbE solutions, enabling 10GbE to be deployed in high-density servers with limited airflow and power budget

  • Support for 10x the number of virtual machines and virtual NICs as the leading competitors, and the ability to provision and manage IP flows to ensure optimal application performance and network resource utilization

  • 37Gbps aggregate bandwidth and a full array of stateless offloads that are fully compliant with leading operating systems and hypervisors

  • 10GBASE-T LOM, enabling backwards compatibility to 1GbE

  • Driver support for Microsoft Windows, Redhat and SUSE Linux, Solaris, VMware and Citrix XenServer.

The SFC9000 family is now sampling.

Level 3 Requests Federal Stimulus Funding

Level 3 Communications has applied for federal stimulus funding to expand broadband access under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The applications propose $15 million in grant funding and an additional $5 million in Level 3 matching funds to create new access points or "middle mile" connections to the Level 3 network in more than 50 rural markets in six states.

Level 3 said it would use grant funding and its own capital to deploy new equipment in existing buildings located on the Level 3 network in rural areas. The additional equipment would create middle mile connections to the Level 3 network between major metropolitan markets for more efficient delivery of Internet, voice, data and video services to local or "last mile" providers, including telephone, cable and wireless companies, as well as governments and educational institutions.

The addition of middle mile connections to a neutral carrier such as Level 3 offers an alternative to incumbent providers and establishes a platform for

Starent Surpasses 100th Carrier Deployment Milestone

Starent Networks' multimedia core platforms have now been deployed in more than 100 mobile operator networks in 45 countries worldwide.

Starent's ST40 and ST16 multimedia core platforms enable high-speed multimedia services such as video, music downloads and broadband Internet on mobile networks including CDMA, femtocells, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi and WiMAX. Additionally, the Starent platforms support an evolution to LTE through software upgradeability.

Nokia Booklet Connects with 3G and Wi-Fi

Nokia unveiled a new Windows based "Booklet 3G" powered by an Intel Atom processor. Connectivity options include 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi. The Booklet, which is intended to be sold through service providers, boasts up to 12 hours of battery life, an ultra-portable aluminum chassis, and a weight of1.25 kilograms. The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other premium features include the 10-inch glass HD ready display and integrated A-GPS which, working with the Ovi Maps gadget, can pinpoint your position in seconds and open up access for a truly personal maps experience.

Telstra International Launches Global VPLS and EVPL

Telstra International is now offering an expanded range of Ethernet Wide Area Network (WAN) services across the US, Asia and Europe.

Telstra International's Global Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) will provide multinational companies with a fully meshed, secure WAN connection over multiple global sites, while customers looking for point-to-point or point to multi-point connections can use the Global Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL). Both services operate at Layer 2, enabling customers to maintain control of their routing environment.

The new EVPL and VPLS , available immediately, will be supported by expanded Service Level Agreements, with enhanced service levels for all performance metrics including availability, latency, jitter, throughput, mean time to repair and service delivery.

These two new services join Telstra International's existing Global Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service to form Telstra International's global Ethernet Services portfolio, which allows customers to select from six classes of service and offers support for Virtual Local Area Network (LAN) tagging, all running across its global MPLS infrastructure.

The services are available throughout 12 countries.

SOLiD Technologies Announced 16 Wave WDM-PON

South Korea-based SOLiD Technologies has developed a WDM-PON system with the ability to deliver 16 WDM channels of GbE over a single fiber core up to more than 40km. Unlike the conventional WDM-PONs like Injection-locking and RSOA where external seed light sources are used, this system uses the cost-effective tunable lasers with a wavelength stabilization scheme.

Crossbeam Signs Three European Partners

Crossbeam Systems has signed three European companies to its Crossbeam Accredited Service Provider (CASP) program: Afina (Spain), Clounet (Switzerland) and ExperTeach (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium ).

Alcatel-Lucent Gains FCC Certification for 700 MHz LTE Base Stations

Alcatel-Lucent is the first vendor to receive FCC certification for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband solution optimized for 700 MHz spectrum. Alcatel-Lucent is now shipping its 700 MHz LTE base stations to service providers in the United States. With this achievement Alcatel-Lucent becomes the first vendor to have FCC-certified LTE base stations available, a key requirement for sales in the U.S. Market.

AT&T Launches Triple Play Deal

AT&T launched of a new bundle offer that combines AT&T U-verse and AT&T wireless services for significant savings. The new "Buy Two, Get One Free" offer gives customers the choice of a flexible AT&T U-verse triple-play bundle that includes wireless voice service, a bundle option that is not available from the local cable providers.

With "Buy Two, Get One Free," new U-verse customers who bundle U-verse TV (package U200 or above) with either AT&T wireless service (Nation 450 plan or above, for new or renewing customers) or U-verse Voice Unlimited will receive U-verse High Speed Internet Pro free for six months. That's a $30 monthly discount for a total savings of $180.

The offer is available now in U-verse markets in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio), and it will be made available to all AT&T U-verse markets in the coming weeks.

Microsoft Unveils OneApp for Feature Mobile Phones

Microsoft unveiled OneApp, a new software application that enables feature phones -- commonly found in emerging markets -- to access mobile apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, and other popular apps and games.

OneApp is a lightweight software client with an on-phone footprint of just 150 KB. It dynamically launches just the parts of a mobile app that a person wants to use, eliminating additional installation time and the need for a person to store all of the mobile apps on the phone. OneApp includes cloud services that help offload processing and storage from the phone to the Internet, improving overall performance. Software developers can write new apps for OneApp using industry standards such as JavaScript and XML. An SDK will be launched later this year. Microsoft said OneApp is optimized for GPRS.

Blue Label Telecoms in South Africa will use OneApp as part of a new and upcoming release of its mibli consumer mobile service. As a result of a strategic relationship with Blue Label Telecoms, mibli, powered by Microsoft OneApp, will ship with more than a dozen new mobile apps. Additional apps will be available in the future, focusing on areas such as healthcare. Consumers in South Africa can download and install mibli for free.

Microsoft said OneApp complements its existing mobile strategy by bringing mobile apps and services to feature phones in emerging markets.

Ikanos Completes Acquisition of Conexant Broadband Access Line

Ikanos Communications completed its previously announced acquisition of the Broadband Access product line from Conexant Systems, for approximately $54 million in cash, excluding transaction costs, and the assumption of certain employee and facility related liabilities. Simultaneously, Ikanos received an investment of $42 million, excluding transaction-related expenses, from Tallwood Venture Capital, a leading investment firm focused on the semiconductor industry.

In addition, Craig Garen, former senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's Broadband Access, has joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer.

Cisco Doubles Line Card Density of ASR 9000

Cisco introduced a single-slot 16 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) line card that effectively doubles the density of its flagship edge router, the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series. Cisco also announced Telstra as a new ASR 9000 customer.

Cisco introduced the ASR-9000 in November 2008 and shipped the first systems to select customers in March 2009.

The ASR 9000 platform, which entered general release in May 2009, offers 6.4 terabits per second of total capacity and 400 Gbps capacity per slot, enabling to it accept the new 16 x 10 GE card and grow to 320 x 10GE, or 32 x 100 GE per system. Cisco has not yet announced 100 Gbps interfaces for the platform, saying that an announcement is likely to come when the 100G standard gets closer to ratification.

Cisco said its ASR 9000 is designed for video services over next-gen access networks in the "zettabyte era." The platform leverages the same 40-core "QuantumFlow" processor that is featured in the smaller capacity Cisco ASR 1000 edge router. It also incorporates the Cisco Advanced Video Services Module (AVSM), which provides terabytes of streaming capacity at the aggregation edge while simultaneously offering content caching, ad insertion, fast channel change and error correction. The platform could also be used for aggregating backhaul traffic in a 3G/4G network.

Cisco predicts global IP traffic is expected to increase fivefold from 2008 to 2013, approaching 56 exabytes per month in 2013, up from approximately 9 exabytes per month in 2008.  IP traffic in Asia Pacific will lead the geographic areas. It is forecast to reach 21 exabytes per month in 2013, accounting for more than one third of the global traffic.
Telstra is deploying Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR) as their carrier Ethernet platform supporting a range of bandwidth-intensive, content-based services such as video.  Financial terms were not disclosed. In addition to Telstra, announced customers for the ASR 9000 include Cogent, Softbank, and Verizon Wireless
"We are honored that Telstra has chosen the Cisco ASR 9000 for its network edge," said Praveen Akkiraju, vice president and general manager, service provider business unit, Cisco.  "The Cisco ASR 9000 at the edge, coupled with the Cisco CRS-1 carrier routing system, helps enable Telstra to deliver a broader range of innovative offerings in less time, with more capacity and using less energy."

Devicescape: Wi-Fi Expectations Continue to Rise

An overwhelming number of Wi-Fi users now expect device manufacturers to build Wi-Fi into more devices - such as cell phones, digital cameras and portable gaming devices -- according to Devicescape's second quarterly Wi-Fi Report. The survey, conducted by Decipher, Inc. and sponsored by Devicescape, Intel and Meraki, queried more than 8,000 Wi-Fi users, representing a cross-section of Devicescape's overall membership.

Key findings from the "Devicescape Wi-Fi Report" showed:  

  • An overwhelming number of respondents (96 percent) expect device manufacturers to build Wi-Fi into devices such as cell phones, digital cameras and portable gaming devices.

  • Ninety-three percent of respondents stated they will make a buying decision based on built-in Wi-Fi.

  • Users (84 percent) want hassle-free access to Wi-Fi, meaning no PIN or password.

  • Intelligence is expected: Eighty-five percent of people want their device to automatically switch between Wi-Fi and 3G networks based on what is best for the application.

  • Free Wi-Fi is a "must have" for 53 percent of respondents.

  • Ninety-eight percent of respondents log onto Wi-Fi daily; 57 percent of those log on more than five times a day.

  • Ninety percent of respondents make hotel and travel decisions based on the availability of Wi-Fi and 96 percent expect it to be free.

  • A surprising number of respondents are willing to participate in a community element of Wi-Fi sharing.