Tuesday, January 3, 2012

EZchip Partners with Marvell on Next Gen NPU

EZchip Semiconductor has selected Marvell to be the ASIC partner for its next generation network processor, the 200-Gigabit NP-5. EZchip, which had disclosed its NP-5 plans last year, said it already has signed a tier-1 router vendor for the forthcoming silicon. Samples are expected by the end of the year.

The companies were also partners for EZchip’s NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor, which is currently in production.

“We are very pleased that our leading tier-1 customers have selected to continue the EZchip path,�? said Eli Fruchter, EZchip’s CEO. “EZchip currently has a commanding position in the marketplace by providing our customers with significant time to market advantages. We believe that with the NP-5 we will further our market leadership. We will bring the NP-5 and its variants, similar to the NP-4 and its variants, to the market at the earliest possible time and allow our leading customers to continue to build on their success in the marketplace with EZchip.�?http://www,ezchip.com

China Telecom to Launch as MVNO with Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), has signed China Telecom as an MVNO on its network. The partnership marks the first time that a Chinese telecom operator has launched MVNO services outside China.

"Entering the UK mobile market is a strategic move for China Telecom (Europe). We selected Everything Everywhere based on the strength of its network, and Transatel’s proven track record of getting MVNOs up and running quickly and efficiently. We are keen to launch the service in the UK as soon as possible as there is a real gap in the market for the provision of tailored mobile services and competitive tariffs aimed at the growing Chinese population in the UK," stated Yan Ou, Managing Director of China Telecom (Europe).http://everythingeverywhere.com

Cisco Terminates its ūmi Home Telepresence Product

Cisco reportedly is dropping its ūmi telepresence system for the home. The news was first reported by CRN magazine.

Cisco ūmi, which was introduced in October 2010, combined an HD video camera, a console and a remote. It was positioned as a premium home telepresence system with pristine video and audio quality delivered over a broadband connection. The system offered dynamic resolution scaling based on available bandwidth (1080p, 720p, and 480p supported).

However, Cisco priced the consumer gadget at $599 a piece and each unit required a $24.99 a month subscription service, in addition to broadband service.http://home.cisco.com/en-us/telepresence/umi/
  • In March 2011, Cisco announced interoperability between Cisco umi and its Cisco TelePresence portfolio for businesses.

Netflix: 2 Billion Hours of Streaming in Q4

Netflix streamed more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies to its members in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company said it now has more than 20 million streaming members, including international customers.

KT Kicks Off its LTE Network

KT has launched commercial LTE services in five districts in Seoul. KT is using the 1.8 GHz band ((2 X 10MHz)) and promising top theoretical downlink speeds of 75 Mbps. 2G services using this spectrum are being terminated.

Samsung's Galaxy S II LTE and the Pantech Vega LTE are among the handsets initially on offer. The carrier aims to attract 4 million LTE subscribers in 2012.

By the end of March, KT's LTE network is expected to cover 26 cities and by the end of April, the network will cover 92% of South Korea's population. Overall, KT expects to invest KRW 1.3 trillion for the nationwide LTE and the majority of this spending is expected in the first half of the year.

KT is leveraging "LTE WARP" technology to share resources among up to 144 base stations. Cloud and virtualization technologies are also being employed to improve network capacity while minimizing radio wave interference between cell units.

Acacia Research Settles Patent Dispute with NSN

Acacia Research Corporation, which acquires patents from inventors and them licenses the intellectual property to other parties, announced that is Lamba Optical Solutions subsidiary has reached a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks that resolves patent litigation currently in the courts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fast Packet Processing -- Appliances Integrate Cloud Services


Connectivity to the cloud will become an essential element in home services and associated gateway and NAS appliances. Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager of the Processor Business Unit at AppliedMicro. http://www.apm.com/

IBM to Acquire Green Hat for Cloud Testing Software

IBM agreed to acquire Green Hat, a privately-held company developing software quality testing for the cloud, for an undisclosed sum.

Green Hat leverages cloud computing to conduct testing on a software application prior to its delivery. Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services. The approach eliminates the need to construct a actual testing lab made up of both hardware and software. The company was founded in 1996 and is jointly headquartered in London, England and Wilmington, Delaware.

Upon the acquisition close, Green Hat will join IBM’s Rational Software business. The Green Hat software testing solutions also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services’ Application Management Services (AMS).

"This acquisition extends IBM’s leadership in driving business agility and software quality by changing the way enterprises can manage software development cost, test cycle time and risk," said Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager, IBM Rational. “Together, we offer the most complete solution available today for agile software development and testing, with flexible options such as the cloud. Green Hat’s application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software."http://www.ibm.com

Saudi Telecom Appoints Alcatel-Lucent for LTE

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for its national LTE network. STEC plans to launch LTE services in 11 key cities in Saudi Arabia in the first phase of its rollout. Alcatel-Lucent was selected to support STC’s LTE network deployment in the Northern Region of the Kingdom, following a successful trial of the technology.

Alcatel-Lucent, through the ngConnect Program, is also helping STC build an ecosystem of leading companies to provide content, applications and innovative services to meet needs of subscribers in Saudi Arabia.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has 20 LTE contracts.
  • On September 14, 2011, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced the launch of its LTE network. The network supports a top downlink rate of 100 Mbps.

Procera Names VP of Worldwide Sales

Procera Networks named Brian Ahearn as its Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales. He previously worked at 2Wire, (recently acquired by Pace plc), where he lead a team that included account management, field engineering and professional services. He also previously served at Avaya, where he led the global service provider sales force focused on growing business and market share with major carriers like AT&T and Verizon. http://ww.proceraneworks.com

Marvell Acquires Xelerated for its Programmable Switching Silicon

Marvell has acquired Xelerated, a supplier of network processing and programmable Ethernet switching silicon, for an undisclosed sum.

Xelerated, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, features a deterministic Dataflow Architecture in its silicon designs for high-speed programmable network processing. Its target markets include Carrier Ethernet, Unified Fiber Access, Mobile Backhaul and Transport platforms. The privately-held company was founded in 2000. Investors include AP6, Accel, Atlas Venture, Alta Partners and Amadeus Capital.

Marvell said Xelerated's AX and HX family of network processor and programmable switches complements its own existing product portfolio of packet processors, ARM-based SoCs, wireless and low-power physical layer devices widely used in infrastructure, data center and enterprise networking equipment.

Marvell also confirmed that it will continue to work with EZChip on NP-4 and NP-5 processors and is committed to the long term relationship with EZChip.

"Programmable wire speed processing and advanced traffic management are two of Xelerated's strongest IP assets and are essential for Service Provider deployment of their enterprise and subscriber services," said Eva Lindqvist, CEO of Xelerated. "Joining the Marvell family is a fantastic opportunity for us to exploit the full potential of our technology and provide more comprehensive end-to-end solutions to our customers."http://www.marvell.com
  • In September 2011, Xelerated announced volume production of its HX family of 100G network processors (NPU) for packet-OTN, mobile backhaul/PTN and Carrier Ethernet Switch-Routers. The company said it now racked up 20 system design wins for the HX family of NPUs, the first will go into production later this year. The HX chip delivers wirespeed processing and advanced traffic management with deep packet buffering and can be used for pizza box and line card slot capacities of 20-200 Gbps. These line cards are designed for aggregation and transport, and support a range of interface types including GE, 10GE, 40GE, 100GE and OTU0-OTU4. In mobile backhaul, the HX family implements complete L2 and L3 switch-router applications.