Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Broadcom Acquires Beceem for Multimode LTE/WiMAX Chipsets

Broadcom will acquire Beceem Communications , a privately-held developer of 4G chipsets, for approximately $316 million in cash.

Beceem has been a developer of WiMAX silicon solutions, but earlier this year announced plans for chipset that address both LTE and WiMAX. The company claims its silicon technology supports peak broadband download speeds of up to 200Mbps. Its existing WiMAX chip has been seen major deployment in the Clearwire/Sprint ecosystem through leading OEMs and ODMs.

Broadcom said the deal accelerates its entry into the 4G market. Beceem's technology will be combined with Broadcom's 2G/3G cellular solutions, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Ethernet switching and other associated IP.

Beceem's Chief Executive Officer, Surendra Babu Mandava, said: "When combined with Broadcom's 2G and 3G cellular solutions and broader wired and wireless communications portfolio, our 4G products will enable operators to roll out next generation wireless broadband solutions while providing support for existing networks. Our combined offering will be one of the most extensive and formidable in the industry."

About Beceemhttp://www.broadcom.com
  • In February 2010, Beceem Communications announced plans for a single chip that integrates both LTE and WiMAX technology. The BCS500 multi-mode chip will support the latest revisions of the IEEE 802.16 standard, namely 16e and 16m, as well as the 3GPP-LTE standard, based on Release 8 specifications. It is the only device chip to support UE Class 4 capabilities. In addition, it will support both TDD and FDD configurations for LTE and IEEE 802.16m, even enabling real-time band/channel reconfiguration through a unique multi-mode "autosense" feature that automatically detects the network type. Beceem expects to begin sampling in Q4 2010 with mass production in Q2 2011.

  • Beceem was founded in October 2003 and is based in Santa Clara, California with engineering offices in Irvine and Bangalore.

  • Beceem is headed by Babu Mandava, who previously was a co-founder of Centillium Communications, a semiconductor company well known for product innovations in ADSL and VOIP. Beceem was also co-founded by Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, a professor at Stanford where he supervises the Smart Antennas Research Group. Prior to Beceem, Paulraj founded Iospan Wireless Inc., which was later acquired by Intel.

Qualcomm Acquires iSkoot for Mobile Processing Offload

Qualcomm Innovation Center has acquired iSkoot Technologies Inc., a San Francisco-based start-up offering mobile optimization software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

iSkoot works with device manufacturers and U.S. mobile operators to bring popular social networks and new Internet services to mobile handsets in an intelligent manner that reduces data bandwidth usage on the network and saves battery life on phones. The company's Kalaida Platform moves data-intensive tasks through iSkoot-managed proxy servers. The proxy servers intelligently transcode and aggregate the traffic such that the actual frequency and size (number of megabytes transmitted) of data transmissions is greatly reduced. The idea is to bring the power of cloud computing to consumer mobile devices.

As past of Qualcomm, iSkoot will now focus on three areas: continued support of its current customers; integrating its offerings with Qualcomm's products; ,and developing open source data management contributions for mobile devices.
  • In early 2009 AT&T tapped iSkoot to develop AT&T Social Net - a free mobile app that combines access to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and customizable news feeds within a single application.

  • iSkoot is headed by Mark Jacobstein (CEO), who previously served as EVP at Silicon Valley-based loopt, a social mapping startup. Before joining loopt, Jacobstein was the founding President for Digital Chocolate, a publisher of mobile games.

Researchers Demonstrate Long-haul 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Ciena, Mellanox Technologies, SURFnet and the University of Amsterdam have demonstrated long-haul 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) network connections at the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF)'s 10th annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

For the demonstration, the organizations created a network using an existing 1650 km production-quality SURFnet link, connecting an experimental high-performance computer cluster equipped with a Mellanox ConnectX-2 EN 40GbE NIC at the University of Amsterdam to a remote data processing unit with a corresponding interface at the GLIF meeting venue. The demonstration pushed 26 Gbps (the practical limit of the PCIe bus) from the processor in Amsterdam to the processor at CERN through a single optical wave lambda. The network infrastructure was based on Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 equipped with 40GbE interfaces, which was seamlessly upgraded from a 10 Gbps optical lambda to a 40 Gbps optical lambda with no added signal regeneration or modifications to the existing infrastructure.

"The novelty of this work is the new unobstructed 40 Gbps single channel bandwidth between compute nodes implemented directly on a lambda network. This marks the next step in the growth of long-haul communication capacity for distributed data processing," said Cees de Laat, professor in system and network engineering at the University of Amsterdam. "These capacities are essential not only for data intensive e-Science but also, for example, in high-resolution 3D digital cinema and movie processing. The photonic network vision and technology as developed by Ciena integrates the communication building blocks seamlessly with the rest of the e-Infrastructure."http://www.ciena.com

EMC Introduces Greenplum for Big Data Clouds

EMC introduced a new "Greenplum" Data Computing Appliance that features a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture to handle the massive amounts of data being generated from various sources such as always-on networks, the Web, consumers, surveillance systems and sensors.

EMC's Greenplum delivers data loading performance of 10 terabytes (TB) an hour, twice as fast as Oracle Exadata systems and five times as fast as systems from Netezza and Teradata. It integrates database, compute, storage and network into an enterprise class, easy-to-implement system and is available in flexible half-rack, full-rack, and multiple-rack appliance configurations for terabyte to petabyte-scale requirements. It is integrated with EMC's replication, backup and recovery and deduplication technologies for information protection.

The new system was developed and is shipping just 75 days following EMC's acquisition of Greenplum. EMC also announced consulting, professional services, support and training for data warehousing and business analytics. EMC Global Services professionals will help customers deploy and optimize the new EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance and use extensive "big data" expertise to design an environment for complex correlation across massive data sets. In addition, EMC will help customers migrate and consolidate from their Oracle, Teradata and other existing database systems onto the EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance.

LightSquared Targets Emergency Rapid Response Communications

LightSquared, which is building a nationwide LTE + satellite wholesale network, has formed an Emergency Rapid Response Communications Team (ERRT), which can provide on-call mobile satellite communications services, personnel and equipment for emergency support to federal, state and local first responders and public safety agencies.

"LightSquared, through its SkyTerra communications services, has a strong track record of assisting the first responder/public safety community during disasters by providing reliable and easy-to-use mobile satellite services to federal, state and local agencies," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and Chief Executive officer of LightSquared. "Now LightSquared is taking an additional step to provide support to first responder/public safety users by establishing the Emergency Preparedness Program with its Rapid Response Team. This program will help public safety organizations prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies by providing a rapid on-site support capability to ensure that emergency service providers have satellite communications in case terrestrial capability is reduced or lost."http://www.lightsquared.com