Thursday, June 17, 2010

Broadcom to Acquire Innovision R&T for Near Field

Broadcom will acquire Innovision Research & Technology PLC, a UK-based company that specializes in near-field communication (NFC) technology, for approximately US$47.5 million based on current exchange rates. This offer represents a 84.2% premium above the closing price of Innovision common stock on June 17, 2010. Broadcom expects to close the acquisition of Innovision in the third quarter of 2010.

Microsoft Refocuses on Enterprise Handheld Devices

Microsoft announced several key investments in the enterprise handheld device market, including the Windows Embedded Handheld brand.

Windows Embedded Handheld is a new software platform that is scheduled to be released this calendar year and build on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform with trusted management and security features, as well as enhanced protection for existing enterprise investments in LOB applications on devices.

OEMs will be able to adapt it for enterprise handheld devices for specific business uses. It will feature enhanced connectivity to Windows-based PCs, servers and enterprise services.

Windows Embedded will also continue to support developer tools used in building applications, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Forms.

An updated Windows Embedded Handheld platform based on Windows 7 technologies (Windows Embedded Compact 7) will be released in the second half of calendar year 2011. The platform will also enable new key scenarios through support for rich user interfaces and natural input.

IEEE Ratifies 802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet

The IEEE officially ratified the 802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet standard. This is the first IEEE standard to simultaneously specify two new Ethernet speeds, paving the way for the next generation of high-rate server connectivity and core switching.

The IEEE expects the new standard will further expand the 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet family of technologies by driving new development efforts, as well as providing new aggregation speeds that will enable 10 Gbps Ethernet network deployments. Work on this standard initially began in 2005.

An important note -- during the development of this standard the IEEE P802.3ba task force collaborated with the International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 15 to ensures these new Ethernet rates are transportable over optical transport networks. This should help simplify the border between the LAN and the WAN, as well as support the rollout of better OTN solutions.

"Ubiquitous adoption of bandwidth-intensive technologies and applications, such as converged network services, video-on-demand, and social networking, is producing rapidly increasing demand for higher-rate throughput. As mass-market access to these technologies continues accelerating, coupled with today's progressively more powerful server architectures, data centers, network providers and end-users alike are finding themselves confronted by pressing bandwidth bottlenecks," said John D'Ambrosia, Chair, IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, and Director, Ethernet-based Standards, CTO Office, Force10 Networks.

In addition to providing an increased bandwidth pipeline, IEEE 802.3ba remains compatible with existing IEEE 802.3 installations, thereby preserving significant industry investment in the technology. The new standard is also expected to generate concrete benefits, such as lowered operating expense costs and improved energy efficiencies, by simplifying complex link aggregation schema commonly used in today's network architectures.
  • In March 2010, the IEEE has begun work on a new amendment to the 802.3 Ethernet standard to enhance the 40 Gbps Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capabilities already under development in the IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet project. The project, which is known as IEEE P802.3bg, aims to provide multiple system operators and telecommunications operators with an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet 40 Gbps serial PHY that provides optical compatibility with existing carrier 40 Gbps client interfaces. It is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society's Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Committee and will be developed by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group.

Taiwan's HYA Cable Deploys Ericsson Head-End

Hsin Yeong An (HYA) Cable, a Taiwanese cable operator, has deployed a range of Ericsson cable head-end solutions, including video encoders, MX8400 multiplexers, and EdgeQAM modulators.
The Ericsson solution will enable HYA Cable to provide increased channel choice and HD programming. The Ericsson head-end has been integrated by the company's Taiwan business partner, Hitron Tech. HYA Cable is encoding HD and SD channels in MPEG-4 AVC.

Telstra and NSN achieve 100Mbps LTE at 75km using 2.6GHz

Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks reported achieving peak LTE speeds of 100Mbps download and 31 Mbps upload over a record-breaking distance of 75 kilometers in a trial conducted in Victoria, Australia.

The two companies are testing the application of LTE in regional areas through a combination of laboratory and long range field testing to determine the limitations that physical distance imposes on the customer experience.

Michael Rocca, chief operations officer, said the range testing is of critical importance for the future of this technology in regional Australia and Telstra's learnings will be of great interest internationally.

The extended range field trial was conducted between Mount Hope and Mount Burrumboot in central Victoria by engineers from Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks. The trial used Nokia Siemens Networks' commercially-available LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Evolved Packet Core (EPC), with pre-commercial LTE USB dongles from third-party vendors.

Kalevi Kostiainen, head of Nokia Siemens Networks, Australia and New Zealand said, "The outstanding results of this trial were made possible through close collaboration between Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks. The benefits of LTE in urban environments are currently being deployed globally, having already been extensively tested and the business benefits well understood. Through this unique joint trial we can now see how LTE can be extended to provide cost effective solutions for rural and remote environments."

Agilent Supports Percello's Femtocell SoCs Test

Agilent Technologies' N7309A chipset software now supports high-volume manufacturing test for Percello's Aquilo Femtocell System-on-a-Chip (SoC) product line. The chipset software delivers rapid calibration and verification testing for the time-to-market/volume requirements of original design manufacturers and contract manufacturers.

Percello provides digital baseband solutions to address challenges of the 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/LTE femtocell and picocell market: cost, power, level of integration, development time and flexibility.

FCC Task Force Looks at Satellite Spectrum for Mobile Broadband

As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC Spectrum Task Force is kicking off an initiative to increase value, utilization, and investment in mobile satellite service (MSS) bands. The first FCC proceeding has been scheduled for July, which could unleash up to 90 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile broadband, consistent with the National Broadband Plan recommendation to accelerate terrestrial deployment in the mobile satellite service band. The FCC said that by removing policies that are currently barriers to flexible use of terrestrial mobile wireless service, there is an opportunity to enable the deployment of mobile broadband, while retaining market-wide MSS capability, especially for public safety, rural services, and the federal government.

"The Spectrum Task Force has already begun executing the Commission's spectrum agenda, consistent
with the spectrum plan outlined in the National Broadband Plan," said Ruth Milkman, Co-Chair of the
Task Force. "Job number one is to make more spectrum available for flexible use, including terrestrial
mobile broadband."

Shortly after the broadband plan's release, the FCC approved the Harbinger-SkyTerra transaction, which will enable Harbinger to invest billions of dollars in building a 4G wireless network using spectrum that includes the MSS bands.

In May, the Commission adopted the WCS-SDARS Order, making 25 MHz of spectrum available for
mobile broadband services.
  • In March 2010, The FCC approved the transfer of control of SkyTerra to Harbinger Capital Partners.SkyTerra is building two new satellites for a next generation ancillary terrestrial network, which will offer ubiquitous mobile + satellite communications across North America for public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment. Dual-Mode handsets would work on both 700 MHz public safety terrestrial networks and on satellites when terrestrial networks are unavailable or inaccessible. The first of two SkyTerra next-generation satellites is planned for launch this year. Harbinger said it plans to use SkyTerra's spectrum in concert with its other investments in radio frequencies to implement an open next generation terrestrial network and mobile satellite system. The new network could lead to increased competition in mobile broadband services, a goal supported by the FCC's newly released National Broadband Plan.