Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sprint Provides M2M for ECOtality Electric Car Charging Stations

Sprint has been chosen to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity for ECOtality Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

ECOtality is planning to install Blink electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S., including 15,000 Level 2 chargers at residential and commercial locations, and over 300 DC Fast Charging ports at public and commercial sites throughout 2011. Sprint will provide the wireless network that will allow ECOtality to monitor and manage the Blink Network.

In addition, ECOtality is planning on offering advertising. Each Blink DC Fast Charger is equipped with a daylight readable, 42-inch color LCD display, and a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display on the Pedestal unit. Media content can be both tailored to specific markets and broadcast nationally across Blink Network charger locations. This will be delivered wireless to each unit.

"With the Sprint Command Center technology, our Blink EV charging stations are provided with the reliable wireless connectivity necessary to power the advanced capabilities of the Blink Network and ensure customer satisfaction," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "In addition, we are able to conduct a variety of business services, from monitoring to electronic payments. EV drivers will be able to depend on our chargers for smart operation, intuitive features, and reliable connectivity."

CableLabs and Cable Europe Extend Collaboration

Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) and Cable Europe Labs signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that establishes a one-year trial program by which the two cable research and development organizations might develop longer-term joint cooperation. In the past, the two organizations have collaborated on EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and EuroPacketCable, as well as alignment in certification programs and standards initiatives. Under the terms of the MOU, CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs will each identify certain technical initiatives in which the other organization can more directly participate and contribute.

Canada's Videotron Signs Tata for International Voice Termination

Videotron, one of Canada's largest integrated communications companies, will route 100% of its international voice traffic through Tata Communications network. In addition, Videotron will continue to be one of Tata Communications' key suppliers of telecommunication services in Canada.

IBM and ARM Sign Agreement for Mobile Electronics

IBM and ARM announced an deal to extend their collaboration to enable the rapid development of next generation mobile products optimized for performance and power efficiency. The collaboration combines optimized physical and processor IP by ARM tuned to IBM's advanced manufacturing process down to 14nm; providing streamlined development and earlier introduction of advanced consumer electronics into the marketplace. The companies said this partnership helps minimize the risk and barriers to migrating to smaller geometries while enabling optimized density, performance, power and yield in advanced SoC designs; accelerating the introduction of advanced electronics into the marketplace.

"The ARM Cortex processor family has become the leadership platform for the majority of smart phones and many other emerging mobile devices," said Michael Cadigan, general manager, IBM Microelectronics. "We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices."

NetLogic Tapes-Out in TSMC's Advanced 28nm Process

NetLogic Microsystems has taped out its next-generation silicon in TSMC's advanced 28nm process, which offers up to 50 percent higher speed, 40 percent lower power and 100 percent higher gate density compared to the 40nm node, and up to 120 percent higher speed, 60 percent lower power and over 300 percent higher gate density compared to the 65nm node.

NetLogic Microsystems confirmed that it is migrating its next-generation multi-core processing, knowledge-based processing and 10/40/100 Gigabit PHY product lines to the advanced process node. These 28nm products are targeted at next-generation LTE (Long Term Evolution), IPv6, data center and security markets.

NetLogic Microsystems will be introducing multiple new products in 28nm throughout 2011.

Discera Ships MEMS Oscillators with Femtosecond Jitter

Discera announced the volume availability of MEMS oscillators designed for networking, server, storage and video applications. The DSC11XX silicon oscillators are available at accuracies up to 10 ppm, and temperature ranges up to 125 degrees Celsius. Discera said its new silicon-based MEMS oscillators offer 300 femtosecond RMS phase jitter in CMOS, LVPECL, LVDS, and HCSL output versions.

NEC Forms LTE Partnership with China's Wuhan Research Institute

NEC and Wuhan Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (WRI) have agreed to collaborate in the development, manufacturing, sales and field support of 3GPP compliant LTE wireless access systems, including wireless base stations (eNodeB), Operation and Maintenance Sub-systems and Self Organizing Network (SON). The jointly developed systems support both TD-LTE and FD-LTE standards, and will be commercially available within 2011.

NEC boasts LTE capabilities that include advanced RF technology, base station control and management technology, and optimized radio access area design technology. NEC has provided LTE solution to NTT DOCOMO, who launched commercial LTE services in December 2010.

WRI is a leading telecommunications vendor in China and has been participating in TD-LTE tests conducted by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology utilizing prototype system.

Australia's NBN Picks Corning for Passive Optical

Corning has been selected as a primary NBN Co supplier of optical fiber cable and hardware for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative. Corning and NBN Co have signed a contract for the supply of optical cable and hardware that could be valued at up to AUS $1.2 billion over the contract period with an initial purchase commitment of AUS $400 million. An additional tender will be issued for the second half of the deployment at a later date.

NBN intends to pass 93 percent of Australian homes and businesses (roughly 10 million) with an open-access network providing download speeds of 100 Mbps within the next 10 years.

Corning will supply its FlexNAP terminal distribution system with RPX™ ribbon cable for aerial installations and ALTOS ribbon cable featuring an enhanced low-loss ITU-T G.652.D compliant SMF-28e+ LL fiber for underground installations. The company said its solution has been adapted for the harshness of the Australian landscape.

"Corning is delighted to have been selected as a major strategic partner for NBN Co. The size and scope of the NBN project will enable Corning to invest in both new equipment and technologies for our Australian facility," said Rainer Dittrich, managing director of Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd. "We look forward to supporting Australia's vision and leadership in broadband deployment."

Global Crossing Uses 40 Gbps Wavelength Service

Global Crossing has upgraded the terrestrial capacity of its Wavelength Service to 40 Gbps and begun offering new benchmark-setting network performance service level agreements (SLAs) and a new route diversity planning service. The capacity upgrade, which is being implemented on terrestrial routes in North America, Europe and the UK, is designed to deliver 40 Gbps services in both core and edge sites.

The new network performance SLAs cover "propagation delay" on wavelengths. Propagation delay is the round-trip time required for a signal to travel the distance between two Global Crossing points of presence. Global Crossing said these network performance SLAs are important to customers because they give them a measurable assurance that their business-critical data is delivered in a timely manner. They also raise the bar for industry practices, which do not typically offer SLAs for propagation delay on wavelength services.

In addition, Global Crossing now provides a diversity planning service to give customers the ability to assign alternate, redundant routes by wavelength. This enables customers to stipulate a specific route for wavelength circuits. It also provides assurances that routing will not be changed without a customer's agreement and allows customers to create multiple diversity scenarios that include circuits provided by other service providers, as well as Global Crossing.

Verizon Global Wholesale Sharpens its Transparent LAN Service

Verizon Global Wholesale announced a set of enhancements to its Transparent LAN Service, which is its wholesale metro switched Ethernet service. Applications supported over TLS include wireless backhaul, LAN-to-LAN connections and Ethernet exchanges. These enhancements include:

  • Expanded bandwidth option for network connections that will allow wholesale customers to stay ahead of their users' ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.

  • The ability to combine both point-to-point and multipoint-to-multipoint virtual connections across a single network interface.

  • The opportunity to specify a unique virtual circuit prior to ordering, allowing customers to pre-configure their premises equipment and speed up the process.

  • New interface options with the inclusion of single mode or multimode fiber, in addition to the existing electrical interface.

  • The option to provision network transport over a synchronous optical network (SONET) so customers gain the power and flexibility of TLS with the redundancy and reliability of SONET.

TLS is a fiber-based, metropolitan area LAN service that connects customer locations at native LAN speeds using Ethernet interfaces. It is offered in parts of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Huawei to Build Joint Innovation Centre with TELUS

Huawei and TELUS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create and maintain a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) in Canada. Huawei and TELUS will work together on enhancing broadband solutions, wireless and wireline offerings. According to terms of the memorandum, the length of the agreement is three years and each company will own 50 percent of the Joint Innovation Center.

"This unique partnership arrangement provides TELUS with the ability to quickly turn our best ideas into valuable products and services for our clients," said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS' Chief Technology Officer. "It also demonstrates the value of our choice of Huawei in terms of the right strategic partner for now and into the future."

Huawei to Build Joint Innovation Centre with Bell Canada

Huawei and Bell Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create and maintain a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) in Canada. Huawei and Bell will collaborate on developing and enhancing broadband wireless solutions, core network products and value-added service offerings.

"Huawei played a key role in the introduction of Bell's world-leading HSPA+ network, and we're confident this Joint Innovation Centre will create further breakthrough products and services that keep both companies at the forefront of mobile communications technology," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "Bell has invested billions of dollars in rolling out the latest mobile innovations to rural communities, small towns and urban centres alike across Canada. We are very pleased that our partner Huawei has also committed to Canadian wireless advancement, with significant investments in Canadian talent, this new Joint Innovation Centre and the Huawei R&D Centre in Ottawa."