Thursday, September 17, 2009

IBM Announces Densest, Fastest On-Chip Dynamic Memory in 32-nm

IBM has developed a prototype of the semiconductor industry's smallest, densest and fastest on-chip dynamic memory device in next-generation, 32-nanometer, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology that can offer improved speed, power savings and reliability for products ranging from servers to consumer electronics.

The company said its SOI technology can provide up to a 30 percent chip performance improvement and 40 percent power reduction, compared to standard bulk silicon technology. SOI protects the transistors on the chip with a "blanket" of insulation that reduces electrical leakage, saving power and allowing current to flow through the circuit more efficiently, improving performance.

IBM has fabricated a test chip with an embedded dynamic random access memory (eDRAM) technology that features the industry's smallest memory cell, and offers density, speed and capacity better than conventional on-chip static random access memory (SRAM) announced in 32nm and 22nm technology, and comparable to what would be expected of an SRAM produced in 15-nanometer technology - three technology generations ahead of chips in volume production today.

IBM said it intends to bring the benefits of its 32-nanometer SOI technology to a wide range of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and foundry clients and will use the technology in chips for its servers.

Philippines' Globe Telecom Streamlines with IBM + NSN

Globe Telecom, a leading telecommunications company in the Philippines with 26 million mobile subscribers, has implemented a new Service Delivery Platform, delivered by IBM and Nokia Siemens Networks, to streamline its business operations, generate new revenue and reduce the time it takes to bring new services to market. The Service Delivery Platform is helping Globe to reduce its time to market for new services by more than 80 percent. The solution removes many of the traditional cost and complexity inhibitors by providing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform that incorporates open IT and Telecom industry standards, including Next Generation Operational Support Systems (NGOSS) to integrate its existing systems.

As part of the contract IBM is delivering WebSphere, Rational and Tivoli software using SOA aligned with NGOSS standards. Globe will also utilize IBM's Telecom Operations Content Pack as the key accelerator to streamline the integration and automation of key processes, while providing significant reuse and lower total cost of ownership associated with the launch and delivery of new services.

NeoPhotonics Ships Coherent Mixers For 40 and 100 Gbps Receivers

NeoPhotonics announced the general availability and volume shipment of its "photonic integrated circuit" (PIC) based Coherent Mixer for 40 and 100 Gbps optical transmission systems. Coherent mixers enable ultra high-rate optical transmission by revealing additional information about the amplitude and phase of the received optical signal over traditional intensity-level receivers, allowing transmission of multiple bits in each optical data pulse. Specifically, the Coherent Mixer product provides advanced demodulation to analyze the state-of-polarization and optical phase of a phase-modulated signal relative to an externally supplied optical reference, enabling recovery of the phase-polarization constellation for Dual Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keyed (DP-QPSK) data transmission. The NeoPhotonics Coherent Mixer requires no power, operates across the C or L band and is based on planar integration, utilizing high volume semiconductor production methodologies.

At the same time, NeoPhotonics announced the initial availability of its demodulator for Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Key (DQPSK) data transmission. NeoPhotonics' DQPSK demodulator consists of two PIC integrated Delay Line Interferometers (DLIs), providing in-phase and quadrature analysis of differentially phase-encoded signals. To accommodate the unpredictable and varying nature of the received signal polarization, NeoPhotonics' DQPSK demodulator has been optimized such that the performance exhibits extremely low sensitivity to polarization variations.

F.C.C. Chairman to Outline Net Neutrality Goals

On Monday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will discuss Net Neutrality principles in an address to the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Genachowski is expected to back President Obama's campaign promise to ensure Net Neutrality principles.

At the event, Darrell West, Brookings vice president and director of Governance Studies will discuss his new study on what consumers in four countries, including the United States, want from mobile communications.

Additional speakers on the program include Ben Scott, Policy Director of Free Press; Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype Technologies; and David E. Young, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Communications.

Huawei Ships Over 60 Million Mobile Broadband Units Worldwide

Huawei announced a company milestone -- the worldwide shipment to date of over 60 million mobile broadband units, including data cards, dongles and embedded modules, across more than 133 countries.

Huawei predicts the number of mobile broadband subscribers will soar to over 2 billion within the next five years. To help telecom operators is translate the growth in mobile broadband traffic into a proportionate increase in revenue, Huawei has outlined what it sees as the key success factors that operators should follow:

  • New business models: As data speeds become higher and handsets smarter, mobile data connections will provide the primary means of accessing the Internet. This brings about a collision between the business models of the traditional telecom industry, pay for time or bits used, and the Internet, where much of the popular content is free, supported by advertising. Rather than simply supplying a data pipe to these Internet services, telecom operators will become service providers to their subscribers: adding value, providing flexible pricing and billing, ensuring stability and high performance of network services that will in return increase operators' ARPU and build customer loyalty.

  • Adoption of intelligent systems: The new business models are based on operators' abilities to increase network efficiency and to provide unique and customized services that differentiate themselves from their competitors. Operators need to analyze user patterns, and build up segmentation of user demand to assist efforts in marketing and advertising.

  • Embracing future technologies: Cutting-edge wireless technologies and products, such as HSPA+, LTE and femtocells will become mainstream standards in the near future and operators who are prepared and planning ahead of time for this shift will benefit tremendously.

Indosat selects Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS Mobile Backhaul

PT Indosat, an Indonesian cellular provider serving more than 28.9 million subscribers, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build an IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul infrastructure to support next-generation mobile broadband services and offer premium IP services to its mobile customers.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router, 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR), all managed end-to-end by the 5620 Service Aware Manager. The Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS-based mobile solution enables Indosat to fully exploit the scalability and cost efficiencies of IP in the mobile backhaul network - from backbone to first mile. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"With a population of 234 million in Indonesia, we are experiencing extraordinary growth in both number of subscribers and traffic volume. Deploying Alcatel-Lucent's solution will help us prepare for emerging next-generation wireless network services and scale to meet bandwidth demand for High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and eventually 4G," said Jin Tiong Lim, Group Head of Cellular Network Planning & Eng.Indosat.

Flextronics Sells Stake in Aricent to KKR for $255 Million

Flextronics has sold its equity investment in Aricent for $255 million in cash.

KKR is a leading global alternative asset manager. Together with its initial investment in 2006, KKR entities now own 79 percent of the company.

Paul Read, chief financial officer of Flextronics, said "as we have previously announced, it is our intention to monetize non-core assets and benefit from the cash generated from those dispositions. We are pleased to have successfully executed this transaction, which increases our cash position and further strengthens our balance sheet. During the past year, we have delivered by approximately $1.4 billion, which includes $1.1 billion of debt paydown and the reduction of A/R sales and securitizations by approximately $277 million. These strategic steps have significantly improved our financial flexibility, while maintaining our cash balance over the last year at the approximate level of $1.7 billion."

"We are pleased to invest further in a company that has just reported its highest annual revenue in its history and continues to grow its customer base. This investment reflects our belief in management and the company as they continue to grow Aricent at this very important time in the communications industry," Sanjay Nayar, CEO of KKR India, said.