Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fujitsu Shows Improved Wireless Charging System

Fujitsu Laboratories has demonstrated a wireless recharging technology that enables the design of magnetic resonance-based wireless charging systems that can simultaneously recharge various types of portable electronic devices. Fujitsu said its technology promises more compact and more efficient power transmitters and receivers for mobile phones, digital cameras, notebook computers, and other portable electronics.

Fujitsu said electromagnetic induction has been often used for wireless charging, however the method only works over short distances, and the power transmitter and power receiver need to be in alignment. By contrast, magnetic resonance, which was first proposed in 2006, uses a coil and capacitor as a resonator, transmitting electricity through the magnetic resonance between the power transmitter and power receiver. This method can transmit electricity over a range of up to several meters, and because a single transmitter can power multiple receiving devices, developments are under way for a broad range of potential applications, charging everything from portable electronics to electric cars.

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that dramatically shortens the time required to design transmitters and receivers for magnetic resonance charging systems and, in addition, enables accurate tuning of resonant conditions in the design phase, even for compact transmitters and receivers that are prone to influences from nearby metallic and magnetic objects.

SiTime Introduces First kHz Frequency Silicon MEMS Oscillator

SiTime introduced the industry's first kHz frequency silicon MEMS oscillator for audio, microcontroller and high reliability industrial applications. The Sunnyvale, California-based company already offers a portfolio of Silicon MEMS-based, megahertz (MHz) frequency, differential oscillators, clock generators, VCXOs, spread spectrum timing products and embedded resonators.

The new SiT8503 offers programmable support for any frequency between 200 kHz and 1000 kHz (with accuracy up to 5 decimal places), which supports a wide range of applications and allows the customer to optimize the frequency for their application. The device supports configurable operating voltages of 1.8V, 2.5V, 2.8V or 3.3V eliminating the need for expensive, external, level translators. Like SiTime's' other MEMS products, the device offers extreme ruggedness with shock resistance of up to 50,000 G and vibration resistance of up to 70 G.

"The SiT8503 leverages its silicon MEMS technology and programmable architecture to offer many unique features that are not available from quartz, such as frequency and voltage configurability, small size, low power and extreme ruggedness," said Piyush Sevalia, vice president of marketing at SiTime. "SiTime's growing customer base is rapidly replacing their quartz oscillators with Silicon MEMS solutions. In addition, our industry-leading portfolio of silicon timing solutions is enabling us to become a strategic supplier of timing components to
large OEMs worldwide."http://www.sitime.com

Cisco Intends to Issue Dividend

Cisco announced plans to issue a dividend during the current fiscal year ending July 30, 2011. Specifics were not disclosed. Cisco said it intends to provide shareholders with "a guaranteed dividend yield to complement Cisco's long term growth opportunity."http://www.cisco.com

GigOptix Samples Dual Channel SMT 100G Driver

GigOptix has begun sampling its new dual channel Surface Mounted Technology (SMT) GX62255 8Vpp Mach-Zehnder Modulator (MZM) driver designed for use in 100G optical transponders. The SMT device integrates two 32Gb/s 8Vpp driver channels into a single small form factor solution. A 100G transponder requires four drivers, while GigOptix' highly integrated dual channel solution significantly reduces both the area needed to implement the driver section and the Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) within the system. Each 100G transponder uses two GX62255 devices to amplify the data signals from the transmitter's multiplexer to drive the optical MZM.

GigOptix said its GX62255 is specifically designed to interface easily with industry standard 100G DP-QPSK MZMs, providing optimal signal coupling.

Telekom Austria Picks NSN to Upgrade Radio Networks

The Telekom Austria Group (TAG)
awarded a five-year contract for Nokia Siemens Networks to replace and modernize its radio networks in Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia, and to further deploy 3G services in Serbia and Belarus. The new, energy-efficient network will be ready for HSPA+ and LTE via software upgrades.

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi BSC (Base Station Controller), Radio Network Controller and the small, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The contract includes a broad range of services such as implementation, commissioning, network optimization and maintenance as well as vendor's network management and optimization solution NetAct. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NSN to build Global Network Operations Center in Russia

Nokia Siemens Networks announced plans to set up a Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) near Moscow. GNOCs are the cornerstone of Nokia Siemens Networks' global service delivery model and the company currently has three existing centers -- two in India and one in Portugal. The company's managed services business currently supports more than 380 million subscribers around the world.

NSN said the outsourcing of network management is gaining momentum in Russia and the CIS. Work on the GNOC is expected to begin early in 2011 and the center is expected to begin network management operations during the second quarter of 2011.

"We are committed to being a local player in Russia and this is a strong step in that direction," said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "These network operation centers are what we call 'process factories,' where Russian employees can develop deep competencies in network management and operations."

Nokia Siemens Networks recently signed the Russia's first major network operations outsourcing deal with Mobile TeleSystems.

China's Centec Introduces 100 Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Centec Networks, a fabless silicon developer based in Suzhou, China, introduced its second-generation IP/Ethernet switching processor offering 100 Gbps performance and integrating Layer 2 through Layer 4 capabilities and advanced traffic manager and fabric interfaces. The device is aimed at Carrier Ethernet and Packet Transport equipment, including access, edge, and aggregation IP/Ethernet routing switches, Packet Transport Network (PTN) platforms, Optical Line Termination (OLT) systems and Wireless Backhaul Gateways.

Some highlighted features include:

  • On-chip Ethernet Operation, Administration and Management (OAM) based on IEEE802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731;

  • <50ms Automatic Protection Switching (APS) based on ITU-T G.8031/8032;

  • Synchronous Ethernet and Packet Timing Protocols such as IEEE1588v2, Network Time Protocol (NTPv4)

  • MPLS-TP and Provider Backbone Bridge Traffic Engineering (PBB/PBB-TE) technology.

Additionally, patented loopback mechanisms ensure NPU-like packet-processing flexibility, and multiplexing/demultiplexing technology enables the ability to scale to 256 full-service network ports per chip.

Sampling is underway.

FCC Opens Online Portal for License Info

The FCC activated a new online tool aimed at making its FCC license management information more transparent and accessible to a broad range of users.

FCC License View is the latest release by the agency's Data Innovation Initiative, a long-term effort aimed at reforming the collection, use, and dissemination of FCC data.

At launch, FCC License View lets users explore over 3 million total licenses, 2 million of which are active.

"This data innovation is a key step toward opening the agency and its resources to the public," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "With the launch of FCC License View, the agency has made a bold stride towards unlocking the complex -- but significant -- world of FCC license management data." This consolidated portal allows users of FCC License View to access information on the number of different licenses across services, the number of licenses owned by particular entities, and how many licenses are up for renewal in the future. The underlying dataset is composed of data across the FCC's five licensing databases,http://fcc.gov/licenseview

Oclaro Unveils Dynamic Spectrum Wavelength Selective Switch

Oclaro introduced a dynamic spectrum wavelength selective switch designed to support multiple and future modulation schemes for different filter widths. The new dynamic spectrum 2x1 wavelength selective switch (WSS) remains compatible with Oclaro's fixed 2x1 WSS modules currently shipping to customers.

Orange Delivers Trans-European Network for EC

The European Commission has renewed a two year contract under which Orange Business Services manages the pan-European sTESTA (secured Trans European Services for Telematics between Administrations) network.

sTESTA is a private MPLS-based IP network that connects more than 250 sites in all EU member states, the European Free Trade Association states as well as candidate and potential candidate countries. In addition to the network, Orange manages a central platform that includes a Web portal; secure, authenticated e-mail and File Transfer Protocol; and dedicated network monitoring, all backed by stringent service level agreements.

Some key agencies or applications using the sTESTA network include:

Eurodac -- European Dactyloscopy, the European fingerprint database for identifying asylum seekers and irregular border-crossers;

Europol -- European Union law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence;

National Financial Intelligence Units -- agency responsible for receiving, requesting, analyzing and disseminating to the competent authorities information concerning potential money laundering or terrorist financing;

SCEPYLT -- System Control and Protection of Explosives for the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, a single, coordinated information system to improve security in the European marketing of explosives; and

VIS -- Visa Information System, going live at the end of 2010, aims to prevent visa fraud and visa shopping by applicants between EU member states.

Conviva Raises $15 Million for Advanced Streaming Technology

Conviva, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raises $15 million in Series C round of funding to accelerate its advanced streaming business. The company has optimized over a billion video streams for some of the largest broadcasters on the Internet and will use the new financing to expand the company's global footprint.

Conviva provides real-time visibility into each viewer's video session as well as the entire online video ecosystem to predict when an interruption is about to occur and, in advance, uses its proprietary switching technology to prevent an issue from reaching the viewer.

To sustain high-quality viewing, Conviva adds control intelligence to adaptive bit rate delivery and performs stream switching across multiple delivery networks.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Conviva managed more than 200 million streams, reached more than 30 million unique viewers and handled three billion viewer minutes worldwide.

The new funding brings Conviva's total amount raised to $44 million since its launch in 2006. GGV Capital led the round with participation from existing investors Foundation Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Pelion Venture Partners (formerly UV Partners).
  • Conviva is headed by Darren Feher, president and chief executive officer, who joined Conviva in October 2009 from NBC Universal, where he last served as executive vice president and chief technology officer.

  • Conviva was co-founder by Dr. Hui Zhang and Dr. Ion Stoica. As a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Dr. Zhang has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet Quality of Service (QoS), video streaming, network control, and Internet architecture. Dr. Zhang is credited with teaching and mentoring many computer network researchers who are now in industry (Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft) and academia (University of California, Berkeley, Rice, Purdue). In particular, he supervised Ion Stoica’s 2001 award-winning Ph.D. dissertation on Internet QoS.

Mu Dynamics and UNH-IOL Accelerate IPv6 Testing

Mu Dynamics and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) released a set of pre-packaged IPv6 test content for use by network equipment manufacturers, Tier-1 global service providers and government agencies. The set consists of ten of thousands of automated test cases including:

  • Functional verification tests that ensure that IPv6 implementations are compliant with the IETF specifications and best practices. For example, ensuring that the NPD blocks packets with a range of illegal addresses and routing headers, properly handles IPSec extension headers, and recognizes a variety of tunneling methods such as 6rd, 6to4, ISATAP, Teredo and others.

  • Security tests that deliver a wide range of known exploits and vulnerabilities to validate that the NPD can detect malicious content, port-scans and known attacks even when delivered over tunnels.

  • Interoperability tests that ensure the NPD can filter traffic based on standard IPv6 extension headers, TCP/UDP headers over IPv6, and all possible ICMPv6 Types and Codes.

U.S. Bill Seeks 5 Year Moratorium on New Wireless Taxes

The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law passed the Cell Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 1521, sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren), which would place a five year moratorium on any new discriminatory state and local taxes and fees on wireless services.

"As more Americans rely on their wireless devices as their only phone and on-ramp to the Internet, taxing their services at more than twice the rate applied to other goods and services is discriminatory. These types of taxes are regressive and make little sense in today's mobile information-driven economy," stated Steve Largent, resident and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Deutsche Telekom Faces Bribery Inquiry

The public prosecutor's office in Bonn has initiated an investigation into Deutsche Telekom for suspected acts of bribery in Macedonia and Montenegro. The inquiry concerns eight people, including René Obermann, Deutsche Telekom's CEO, who is alleged by the Bonn prosecutor of approving dividend payments to MakTel at a meeting with the CEO of Makedonski Telekom (MakTel) in 2005 on the condition that the Macedonian telecommunications market not be opened up to other competitors. The public prosecutor's office is linking this to alleged bribery payments made by third parties. The case was initially opened by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In a statement, Obermann rejected the allegations made against him as false, noting that DT has fully cooperated at all times in the U.S. authorities' investigation, which has been underway for four years now. http://www.telekom.com

ip.access to Develop WCDMA Femtocells with Qualcomm Chipset

ip.access announced plans to develop WCDMA residential and enterprise femtocell products using Qualcomm's Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipset platform. ip.access is also a licensee of Qualcomm's femtocell patent licensing program.

AT&T is using a residential femtocell by Cisco using ip.access' Oyster 3G femtocell technology.

Brocade Pushes Forward with 100 Gigabit Ethernet Router

Brocade introduced its MLXe Core Router and 100 GbE blade designed to address the exponential traffic surge that carriers are experiencing worldwide. Significantly, Brocade said its MLXe routers, which will be offered in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-slot configurations, enable new 100 GbE price/performance points that drive the 100G market forward for carrier core networks as well as next-generation virtualized data centers. The new 100 GbE blade also integrates with and operates across existing Brocade MLX, Brocade MLXe and NetIron XMR routers.

The Brocade MLXe offers a 15.36 Terabits per second (Tbps) fabric, which is nine times the system capacity of competing routers. It provides four times the 100 GbE wire-speed density of existing systems, while its 4.8 billion packets per second performance provides five times the IPv6 forwarding capacity.

Brocade is also introducing a Multi-Chassis Trunk (MCT) innovation to simplify data center networks and increase resiliency for customers moving to 10 GbE-enabled servers. This advancement enables network-level virtualization and enhanced network reliability while greatly reducing management complexity. In addition, a new Brocade Network Advisor management solution provides visibility for Brocade Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), wireless, Ethernet switching, and MPLS networks.

"The new offerings are technological breakthroughs developed to help service provider and data center customers collapse their infrastructure layers, allowing for reduced overhead and massive scalability without compromising performance or efficiency," said Ken Cheng, vice president, Service Provider Products, Brocade. "They fulfill the promise of the Brocade One vision by helping customers transition seamlessly to a world where information and applications reside anywhere in the cloud."

The Brocade MLXe router is available today in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-slot configurations and has a starting list price of $22,245 USD.

The Brocade 100 GbE blade has a list price of $194,995 USD for two ports of 100 GbE in a single blade. Availability is expected next year.

Brocade notes that is has more than 9,000 carrier and data center routers deployed globally.

Amsterdam Internet Exchange Deploys Brocade MLXe Core Route

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the world's largest Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), has doubled its network capacity by deploying new Brocade MLXe Core Routers. As part of a single project, AMS-IX deployed seven Brocade MLXe-32 routers (leveraging new high-performance switch fabric modules) to complement the existing infrastructure of Brocade MLX-8, MLX-16 and MLX-32 routers. This includes the deployment of 120 8×10G Series blades, which doubles the Brocade MLX capacity threshold to 256 wire-speed 10 GbE ports in a single chassis. AMS-IX began the upgrade during the middle of 2010.

AMS-IX currently hosts 365 members -- consisting of carriers, ISPs, telcos, content providers, CDNs, hosting and application providers as well as mobile networks -- generating close to a Terabit per second (Tbps) of Internet traffic. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX), as well as solutions for broadcasting with a multicast peering service.

"The amount of traffic we have to deal with doubles every 18 months, and we have a duty of service to our members to ensure that the network infrastructure is able to cope with today's demands and those yet to come," commented Henk Steenman, chief technology officer (CTO) at AMS-IX. "Our existing infrastructure was reaching capacity, so we urgently needed to increase port density. In addition, we needed to look to the future and develop a migration path to 100 GbE technology."http://www.brocade.com