Sunday, August 22, 2010

Xelerated Samples its Programmable Ethernet Switches

Xelerated has begun sampling its AX family of programmable Ethernet switches, designed for high-capacity access systems, including point-to-point Ethernet, GE and 10GE, as well as point-to-multipoint EPON, GPON, 10GEPON and XGPON.

Xelerated's wirespeed dataflow architecture and AX family integrates Ethernet MAC, switching, programmable packet processing and traffic management into a single chip. The AX family consists of four devices: AX340, AX310, AX240, and AX210. They differ in capacity and in traffic management capabilities. The chips enable unified processing of subscriber sessions and OAM functions -- key components of a carrier grade data plane. System vendors can now build fiber access line cards and pizza boxes supporting advanced broadband services at 50-88 Gbps duplex using a single chip.

In addition, Xelerated highlighted its support for Synchronous Ethernet and Packet Time Protocol (PTP-2008) for distribution of synchronization services. These capabilities are required in Packet Transport Network (PTN) and mobile backhaul networks, including fiber-based mobile backhaul networks in China.

Xelerated is also releasing a range of software, development tools and a hardware reference design kit (RDK). A full-featured data plane software designed specifically for the Unified Fiber Access market will also be available to reduce development time for FTTx system vendors.

Tata Teleservices selects NSN for 3G

Tata Teleservices has selected Nokia Siemens Networks for its 3G launch. The network, based on WCDMA 3G and including HSPA+, will allow TTSL to offer high-quality mobile broadband providing fast Internet browsing and better quality voice calls.

Under the scope of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its compact, energy-efficient and LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide network implementation and managed services to ensure a smooth rollout, improved network performance and seamless introduction of new services. The company will also provide its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the 3G/HSPA+ network, and supply other operational support systems.

Nokia Siemens Networks operates a 3G manufacturing facility at Chennai. It already serves many of the world's leading 3G operators from its Global Network Solutions Centers located in Noida and Chennai, and these centers will be able to support TTSL from day one. The company also has a research and development center in Bengaluru supporting 3G-related initiatives. It also has set up 3G test labs in India, trained more than 3,200 India-based 3G technology experts and carried out site surveys for 3G network deployments.

ZTE Selected by Telenor Hungary for 2G/3G/LTE

Telenor ASA has awarded a EUR200 million contract to ZTE to build a network in Hungary. The rollout of a 2G/3G/LTE network is contingent upon the economic and regulatory environment in Hungary. ZTE plans to deploy 6,000 base stations throughout Hungary and the contract will run for five years.

Colt Deploys Infinera in Low-Latency European Backbone

Colt has deployed Infinera's optical networking systems to support low latency services on its next generation pan-European network.

Colt is now offering services with a measured latency of 4.22 milliseconds between London and Frankfurt and 2.65 milliseconds between Paris and Brussels.

Infinera said its low-latency solutions are engineered to provide significantly lower latency than conventional DWDM solutions through the use of innovative optics and electronics that drive latency out of the optical network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We've worked closely with Colt to customize a solution to deliver the lowest possible latency to the Colt network," said Infinera vice president for network strategy Chris Liou.

Verizon Launches Enhanced On-Demand Games App

Verizon and its games-on-demand partner Exent have launched a major redesign of the Verizon Games service portal and desktop application, now offering more than 1,500 game choices.

The new Verizon Games app, built with "GameTanium", creates a more engaging, game-like environment designed to appeal to a mass-market audience.

Stoke Delivers its 100th Mobile Broadband Gateway

Stoke, which supplies mobile broadband gateways for carriers, reports that its sales have accelerated as it passes a company milestone -- the delivery of its 100th system for commercial deployment. The company began shipping its Stoke Session Exchange (SSX) transformation gateway to mobile carriers in late 2008. Deployments are now expected to double by year's end.

The SSX can be deployed in a variety of mobile data network locations to perform a range of functions that help deliver improved service performance, user satisfaction, and operator ROI. The SSX benefits mobile broadband services and offload capabilities in 3G and LTE, as well as in transitioning environments. Stoke's solutions are currently deployed for femtocell, multi-network mobility anchor, and LTE scenarios.

The company said it continues to expand its capabilities to address key areas of the mobile data infrastructure, including data offload solutions with Wi-Fi, femtocells, and non-intrusive Iu-PS Breakout, and LTE network gateways. Stoke also offers mobility management gateway functions that enable seamless transition between different wireless access technologies, including 3G, Wi-Fi, and LTE.

"We are competing head-to-head with prominent equipment providers and winning because our offerings are specifically designed for the new realities of mobile broadband data delivery. Our vision - a transformation platform that enables operators to break through the self-imposed limitations of Legacy-Thinking™ and planning resonates with operators around the world. This is evidenced by the fact that the company surpassed its 2009 revenues the first quarter of 2010 alone, and we continue to build our global customer base," stated Vikash Varma, President and CEO at Stoke.
  • In January 2010, Stoke and Japanese systems integrator Net One Systems Co., Ltd. announced that the Stoke Sessions Exchange had been selected by NTT Docomo, following extensive evaluation, for its LTE network.

Telstra Selects Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi for In-Home Option

Ruckus Wireless is providing Telstra with its 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi system for use with its new T-Box set-top box, which combines BigPond TV, movie downloads, HD free-to-air channels and a personal video recorder. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi systems are being offered as an option for Telstra customers who need to connect T-Box beyond the reach of an Ethernet connection or normal Wi-Fi connectivity. The Ruckus system uses 802.11n 5GHz technology and integrates patented smart antenna technology that focuses Wi-Fi signals only where they are needed while constantly steering transmissions over the highest performing signal paths.

HP Bids $24 per Share for 3PAR, Topping Dell

HP announced a bid to acquire 3PAR, a supplier of highly-virtualized storage solutions, for $24 per share in cash. The deal values 3PAR at $1.6 billion, providing a 33% premium over the acquisition offer made by Dell last week.

HP said the addition of 3PAR's next-generation storage architecture will accelerate its Converged Infrastructure strategy, which provides customers with an unmatched portfolio of intellectual property across storage, server and networking solutions.

"HP's proposal offers superior value to 3PAR's shareholders. Our global reach, strong routes to market and commitment to innovation uniquely position HP as the ideal fit for 3PAR," said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP. "We've seen great momentum with our Converged Infrastructure strategy, and 3PAR accelerates that strategy, particularly in cloud and scale-out markets."

Advantech and NetLogic Partner on 40Gbps ATCA Chassis

Advantech, a manufacturer of telecom computing blades and multi-core network platforms, and NetLogic Microsystems announced their collaboration to deliver a 40 Gbps AdvancedTCA (ATCA) platform using NetLogic Microsystems' XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processors with 64 NXCPUs™, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions.

Advantech's ATCA-7410 is designed to support the new 40-Gbps ATCA standards and is targeted at LTE enhanced packet core (EPC) gateways, service routers, metro Ethernet, access aggregation, mobile backhaul systems and network security platforms.

Each ATCA-7410 blade incorporates an impressive 64 NXCPUs from the XLP processor family, 128 knowledge-based processing engines from the NL11k processor family and multiple NLP1342 10GE PHYs to deliver significant advantages in performance, functionality, power and cost. Up to fourteen blades can be integrated in a chassis to enable scalability to over 500Gbps throughput per chassis.

Spacenet Awarded $7.5M for Broadband in Alaska & Hawaii

Spacenet has been awarded $7.5 million in federal grant funding from the Rural Utility Service (RUS) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide broadband service to rural unserved markets in Alaska and Hawaii through its "StarBand Open Skies" initiative. Spacenet will offer its StarBand broadband-over-satellite service to these regions for $0 down, including equipment and standard installation, and an entry-level monthly service fee of $50. The Nova 1000 service provides download speeds of up to 1 Mbps and upload speeds of 200 Kbps, and the Nova 1500 service provides download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of 256 Kbps.

Australia's NBN Hangs in the Balance

The fate of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), which has been described as the nation's largest infrastructure project, remains uncertain following the nearly tied election, writes columnist Adam Turner in Monday's Sydney Morning Herald.

As the author explains, the Labor party seeks to push ahead with the $43 billion national fibre rollout, designed to offer at least 100 Mbps to at least 90 percent of Australian homes. It would do so while also requiring ISP-level Internet filtering. On the other hand, the Liberals prefer a plan to invest $6 billion and relying mainly on wireless to deliver at least 12 Mbps to at least 90 percent of Australian homes. Meanwhile, the Greens prefer the fibre rollout but without ISP-level filtering. Politics will now run its course.

Lantiq Samples 65nm VDSL2 CO Chipset with Line Bonding

Lantiq unveiled its latest generation 65nm chipset for central office linecards supporting the global VDSL2 and ADSL/2/2+ standards. The design can drive data rates up to 150 Mbps/downstream and 100 Mbps/upstream on a single line.

The new VINAX V3 chipset, which boasts the smallest package size and highest channel count, gives network equipment vendors a single solution to meet carrier requirements for all xDSL deployments. Sampling is underway. Some key features include:

  • Power consumption of just 0.9W per channel to meet future green design goals for broadband infrastructure, including requirements defined in the EU Code of Conduct (CoC) on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment. VINAX V3 also is the first VDSL2 solution to work with either Class AB or low-power Class H line drivers.

  • the small package size and highest channel count (per chipset) allows double VDSL2 linecard density compared to all on-market alternatives. Each VINAX V3 chipset occupies an area of 29 mm x 29 mm for 16 channels in VDSL2 Profile 17a. An 8-channel solution for VDSL2 profile 30a requires 30 percent less area.

  • On-chip integration of a MELT controller for remote line testing by carriers with no external equipment needed.

  • VINAX V3 uses the same Analog Front End (AFE) chip to support all of the VDSL2 profiles. The same PCB design can be used for a card deployed at a DSLAM or CO (Profile 17a, supporting up to 100 Mbps downstream/50 Mbps upstream) and a MDU card running Profile 30a (up to 150 Mbps downstream/100 Mbps upstream).

  • Higher density cards, up to 72 channels compared to 24 - 48 channels with earlier generation chipsets, reduce costs for both system vendors and carriers.

Lantiq noted that its VINAX V3 also supports line bonding techniques at chip and linecard levels that boost data-rate or data-reach for home and business users and support mobile backhaul applications with up to 500 Mbps symmetrical data rates. The chipset is also ready to support full System Vectoring, a VDSL2 enhancement that will reduce crosstalk in dense cable bundles.

Lantiq Intros Wireless LAN Chips with Beamforming

Lantiq introduced its latest 802.11n WLAN chips, featuring advanced beamforming and an integrated "Thick MAC" processor for increased reach and radio coverage while maintaining links with a minimum or even zero packet-error rate performance.

Lantiq expects the WLAN market to grow significantly in the years ahead. According to In-Stat the market will see an increase in the number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, from over 500 million in 2009 to nearly 2 billion pieces in 2014. An obstacle as the market becomes more diversified is that related WLAN solutions have to address different application needs. Its beamforming technology aims to extend the reach of WLAN devices and literally eliminate wireless dead spots for users at home.

Specifically, Lantiq claims that its designs result in about 8-10dB increased gain and an up to
300 percent increased reach compared to standard WLAN. Furthermore, the WAVE300 architecture intelligently offloads the main processor by executing all real-time and processor-intensive operations on the "Thick MAC," which results in higher throughput and more free performance on the SoC for other applications and services.

The WAVE300 family also significantly enhances the streaming of HDTV via WLAN. Compared to existing solutions where only best-effort streaming is available, the Lantiq solution enables a full wireless IP HDTV experience. The Lantiq 11n family achieves a maximum 3x3 MIMO (Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output) data rates up to 200 Mbps net throughput on single band implementation and dual-mode capable chips in the family reach up to 270 Mbps net throughput in concurrent mode operation.

This results in sustainable bit rates and elimination of pixel errors, allowing multiple simultaneous HD streams without packet loss. On reference systems, Lantiq demonstrated the transmission of four HD streams with 20 Mbps simultaneously with maximum reach.

In addition, Lantiq notes that its WAVE300 beamforming technology delivers high data rates directly to end user devices regardless of whether the device is "beam-forming ready" or not.

"The use of WLAN is changing. Originally developed to connect notebooks to routers,
new user scenarios such as connecting smart phones to high-data broadband applications and supporting HD video links are now required," said Ulrich Huewels, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lantiq's CPE Business Unit. "Each scenario has specific requirements that our best-in-class WLAN solutions meet in terms of reach and Quality of Service."

Lantiq Debuts Family of Gigabit Speed Gateway Processors

Lantiq expanded its family of home gateway processors with three, new single-chip Gigabit Ethernet processors designed for DOCSIS3.0, VDSL2 and xPON access technologies.

The new "XWAY" GRX168, GRX188 and GRX288 ICs are based on the same architecture as Lantiq's existing "XWAY" ARX100 and VRX200 ADSL2+ / VDSL2 solutions, with a 32-bit MIPS CPU core and separate 32-bit Protocol Processor Engine (PPE). The IPv6-ready PPE offloads all data routing from the CPU for optimal throughput at much lower system clock speeds than alternative chips and supports QoS features that enable smooth handling for concurrent serving of IPTV, voice lines, and data on wired or wireless LANs.

The designs also enable concurrent operation of 802.11n WLAN at 2.4 and 5 GHz with aggregate throughput up to 270 Mbps. The highest performance device in the family, "XWAY" GRX288, achieves routing throughput up to 2 Gbps to meet the requirements of xPON connectivity.

Lantiq said the common architecture of the xRX family allows system builders to produce a complete portfolio of home gateway solutions, including platforms that support new "Over-The-Top" services may be linked to a residence's broadband gateway via Ethernet/Gbps Ethernet, WLAN, or the emerging standard.

"As the range of applications running on or beside residential gateways broadens, system developers face challenges to meet operator requirements and match device functionality to suit specific customer needs within tight time and budget constraints," said Ulrich Huewels, Senior Vice President and Head of the Customer Premises Equipment Business Unit at Lantiq. "The GRX family provides full flexibility for our customers to design a range of solutions while controlling R&D spending. Lantiq continues to deliver on its promise: one investment, many applications."

Additional common features across the GRX family include integrated data encryption for IPsec and energy savings features that enable designs to meet the recently defined 2011/2012 requirements of the European Union Code of Conduct (CoC) on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment.