Monday, June 27, 2011

Video Series - Rethink the IP Core

Presented by Lindsay Newell, VP of Networks Marketing,








Video Series - Rethink the IP Core

Presented by Lindsay Newell, VP of Networks Marketing,








Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium Announces Test

Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium, a new group consisting of leading broadcasters in the UK along with technology providers, are planning a trial of TV White Spaces transmission. The test, which will be conducted in Cambridge, will explore how mobile devices can tap into unused television channels -TV white spaces - to supplement wireless broadband and cellular networks.

The consortium includes the BBC, BSkyB, BT, Cambridge Consultants, Microsoft, Neul, Nokia, Samsung, Spectrum Bridge and TTP.

EC Funds 13 Photonic Research Projects

The European Commission will provide funding for thirteen photonic research projects into components for enabling cheaper and better connections at 1 Gbps and above. The funding totals EUR 22.3 million for projects that will run for two to three years and which were selected in 2010 by the European Commission, Austria, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and Israel. The Commission contributes one third of the funding of the projects and national funding agencies cover the rest.

More information about the research projects is online.

ZTE Debuts TD-SCDMA Smart Devices with Marvell

ZTE has introduced two smartphones, a mobile tablet and a mobile hot spot device based on TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) technology. All four devices are powered by Marvell's TD-SCDMA single chip solution and 802.11n Wi-Fi technology with beam-forming capability.

LightSquared Signs netTALK as LTE Wholesale Customer

LightSquared announced a wholesale LTE agreement with netTALK, a consumer electronics company. netTALK intends to offer its own branded voice and high-speed mobile data services for its customers.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Cloud Services

Microsoft launched its "Office 365" cloud service in 40 markets around the world. It brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in a cloud service based on a predictable monthly subscription. Pricing ranges from $2 to $27 per user per month.

More than 20 service providers have confirmed plans to offer Office 365, including Bell Canada, Intuit, NTT Communications, Telefonica, Telstra, and Vodafone Group Plc, among others.

"Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because it's so important, we believe the best collaboration technology should be available to everyone," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "With a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and midsize businesses powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years."http://

Ericsson Demos LTE Advanced with 8x8 MIMO

Ericsson demonstrated LTE Advanced connectivity between its RBS 6000 base station and a moving vehicle in Kista, Sweden. The enhancements introduced with LTE Advanced include carrier aggregation and extended multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) functionality. The tests achieved speeds more than 10 times faster than those currently experienced by LTE consumers in Sweden. The meter showed between 900 Mbps and 1 Gbps of over-the-air downlink performance to the moving van.

The test system, based on the multi-mode, multi-standard RBS 6000 radio base station, was operating on a test frequency provided by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). The tests enabled LTE Advanced functionality such as carrier aggregation of 3 x 20MHz (60MHz aggregated) over the air in a mobile environment for the first time.

Live traffic was streamed between the RBS and a moving van from which network performance could be monitored. In the demonstration, 60MHz of aggregated bandwidth was used, compared to the 20MHz maximum that is currently possible using LTE. In the downlink, 8x8 MIMO was used.

"Ericsson encourages all regulators to allocate harmonized spectrum as early as possible," says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson. "The next step of LTE enhances the current service offering, performance and data speed even further. It provides operators with the opportunity to capitalize further on their existing infrastructure. Once again, Ericsson is committed to supporting operators' needs as expectations and requirements for mobile broadband services increase."

WiGig Alliance Publishes 60 GHz Spec 1.1

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) announced the publication of its certification-ready multi-gigabit wireless specification. A WiGig Bus Extension (WBE) specification has also been released to Adopter members. The WiGig Bus Extension and WiGig Serial Extension (WSE) enable high-performance multi-gigabit wireless connectivity among multiple devices, from storage devices to other high-speed peripherals and applications such as Wireless Docking. WiGig is finalizing the WSE specification and plans to publish it to Adopters in the second half of this year.

"We are marching toward enabling the fastest wireless technology for practical applications such as Wireless Docking, Wireless Display and Wireless Networking," said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman. "Our continued diligence in the MAC-PHY specification development process and collaboration with the Wi-Fi Alliance to build an interoperable multi-gigabit wireless solution based on our latest specification will soon provide an unprecedented user experience that changes people's lives."

Alcatel-Lucent Selects NetLogic IPv6 Knowledge-Based Processors

Alcatel-Lucent has selected NetLogic Microsystems' NL10k knowledge-based processor optimized for IPv6 processing for its multi-terabit IP Service Router portfolio, which includes the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch.

NetLogic Microsystems' NL10k IPv6 knowledge-based processor has been optimized for Alcatel-Lucent's newly announced, 400 Gbps FP3 network processor and traffic manager. The FP3 state-of-the-art silicon was internally developed by Alcatel-Lucent and provides sophisticated traffic management and network processing at speeds up to 400 Gbps with significantly improved power efficiency.

NetLogic's NL10k knowledge-based processor delivers 1.6 billion decisions per second (BDPS) of IPv6 processing, quality-of-service (QoS), ACL security, video/voice forwarding, high-speed packet inspection, billing and VPN at line rates while maximizing energy efficiency of the overall system. The NL10k knowledge-based processor, which is manufactured in the advanced 40nm process node, integrates 128 high-performance knowledge-based processing engines, and includes an enhanced Intelligent Load Balancing Engine (ILBE) to efficiently allocate multiple tasks and communicate among all the 128 knowledge-based processing engines. The knowledge-based processing engines and ILBE are tightly coupled with integrated advanced Sahasra Algorithmic Engines (SAEs) to dramatically lower the power consumption of search processing. The NL10k processor also integrates an innovative Range Encoding Engine (REE), which employs advanced one-hot and fence encoding algorithms to implement range encoding that allows customers to effectively double the efficiency of performing port range inspection, an integral part of packet classification.

Alcatel-Lucent Unleashes its FP3 400G Network Processor

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its 400 Gbps, "FP3" network processor for enabling the full stack of services over IP routers. The FP3 processor, which is scheduled to appear in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012, supports 400 Gbps line rates, sufficient for handling 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams. It leverages 40nm process technology and represents the evolution of the company's 100 Gbps FP2 silicon, which was introduced in 2008 using 90nm process technology. It packs 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz. This compares with 112 cores at 840 MHz in the previous generation FP2 device. The new design uses 50% less power per bit than its predecessor.

Alcatel-Lucent describes the FP3 as an engineering achievement that will anchor the next wave in bandwidth-intensive Internet growth. In particular, the new silicon enables high densities of 10G, 40G and 100G ports on a single card. The plan is to deliver FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR and 7450 ESS platforms in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE configurations in 2012. However, the flexibility of the design paves the way for other configurations, including 4x100G cards or native 400G interfaces. It also opens the door to scale routers with terabit class slots.

The FP3 also breaks new ground in that it enables the same full-services intelligence for core routers as has previously been possible at the metro or edge router.

"This technology puts us a generation ahead of today's fastest IP core routers – and it supports full edge services, which means it's not just moving bits, but generating revenue and creating value for service providers and their business residential and mobile customers. By making networks faster, smarter and more environmentally sustainable, Alcatel-Lucent is enabling the continuous innovation of consumer and business devices, content and applications that increasingly depend on service provider networks," stated Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division.

Ihab Tarazi, Vice President Global Network Planning of Verizon, said: "Verizon continues to enhance the FiOS and wireless data broadband access capabilities for our customers and we have worked with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy next generation Ethernet and MPLS metro technology. In March of this year, Verizon led the industry with a 100G Ethernet field trial based on Alcatel-Lucent's service router technology with its 100G FP2 silicon engine. We are excited to work with Alcatel-Lucent and continue to push the industry in technological innovation to support the significant growth of access data traffic."

Alcatel-Lucent also noted on-going work with Samsung Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress, Broadcom and others to push the envelope of innovation on high-speed DDR (double data rate), RLDRAM (Reduced-latency Dynamic random access memory), CAM (Content Addressable memory) and QDR (Quad Data Rate) memory and memory access, enabling the industry to accelerate adoption of 100G speeds and beyond.

Italy's FASTWEB Selects NSN + Juniper

FASTWEB, which serves 1.7 million broadband customers across Italy, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to upgrade its IP backbone. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Juniper Networks' high-capacity T1600 flagship core routers, which were added to a Multiservice IP Backbone and integrated with the existing core and access networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.