Sunday, February 12, 2012

AT&T Video: Self Optimizing Network from AT&T and Intucell

This video from AT&T comments on Self Optimizing Network technology from AT&T and Intucell, which helps to ease the overcrowding of users on overloaded towers. AT&T expects to deploy the technology by the middle of 2012.

TI Intros 5-in-1 Wireless Combo Chip

Texas Instruments introduced its WiLink 8.0 -- integrating up to five different radio -- for smartphones, tablets, eBooks, ultrathin computing devices and other feature-rich mobile products.

The new family of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions offers mobile Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth and FM transmit/receive capabilities. TI said its WiLink 8.0 architecture supports various combinations of these technologies, allowing for customized solutions to address the unique needs and price points of all mobile markets. Each chip variant comes in a compact WSP package that can be mounted directly on a PCB, and includes all required RF front ends, a complete power management system, and comprehensive coexistence mechanisms. The result is that the five-radio WiLink 8.0 chip offers a 60 percent cost reduction, 45 percent decrease in size and 30 percent lower power consumption compared to traditional multi-chip offerings.

Vitesse Announces 10G 72x72 Crosspoint Switch

Vitesse Semiconductor has expanded its connectivity signal integrity portfolio with the addition of he industry's first 10G asynchronous 72x72 port crosspoint switch.

The new Vitesse VSC3172-12 is aimed at network equipment applications ranging from broadcast video to data centers and enterprise storage. The device leverages Vitesse's unique FlexEQ technology to offer equalization that is programmable on a global or per-channel basis. FlexEQ enables a superior level of signal integrity engineering, allowing maximum design flexibility in addressing signal integrity issues at the board and system level, thus improving the overall system jitter margin. Designed for equipment types requiring less than 772 Gbps aggregate bandwidth, the VSC3172-12 delivers up to 40% PCB board area savings versus comparable solutions. This simplifies high-speed signal routing with a smaller footprint solution and improves time-to-market.

The VSC3172-12 is fully protocol agnostic and operates up to 10.709 Gbps. The device features full support for Forward Error Correction (FEC) rates, as well as backwards compatibility to legacy data rates. Additionally, it provides a lower power and smaller size alternative to expensive protocol aware 10G switches to perform functions such as high speed signal fan-out, loopback, protection switching and equalization.

The VSC3172-12 is currently an packaged in a 33-sq-mm, 613-pin, lead-free FCBGA.

Cisco to Resell Virtual Desktops from VMware, Citrix

Cisco will resell VMware View 5 software as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution that is based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to simplify the secure and scalable deployment of virtual desktops across the enterprise. The integrated solution enables simplified physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with virtual desktop deployments.

Separately, Cisco also announced plans to resell Citrix XenDesktop as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This integrated desktop virtualization solution simplifies the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops and application.

AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service Delivers VMware Power

AT&T introduced its "Synaptic Compute as a Service", enabling enterprises running VMware to extend their private clouds across and into AT&T's network-based cloud using AT&T's VPN.

AT&T said the benefits of this "virtual private cloud" include the flexibility of using private and public cloud systems interchangeably and strategically.

Specifically, AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service allows users to rapidly provision and scale compute resources and flexibly shift workloads between their private clouds and AT&T's network-based cloud. It also supports bursting, data center extensions, disaster recovery, and mobile application development and deployment. ST&T has achieved certification according to VMware's rigorous standards for its vCloud Datacenter Service program which was created to ensure globally consistent enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure services. It is available immediately in the U.S. with global availability expected by year-end 2012.

AT&T Synaptic Compute involves no upfront fees, no term commitment and no termination fees. You pay on a per-hour basis per virtual machine and charges are accumulated and assessed at the end of each month.

In addition, AT&T said its new service allows for virtual machine cloning, logical separation via virtual LAN, the ability to allocate up to 1TB of storage per virtual machine, and a 99.9% service level agreement (SLA) for portal availability.

TranSwitch LTE Gateway Completes VoLTE Testing over Verizon’s 4G

TranSwitch 's "Atlanta 2000" LTE Gateway reference design has successfully completed testing over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE development network. The testing occurred at Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass.

TransSwitch said that iIn addition to validating operability of its reference design on the 4G LTE network, the testing confirmed the Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) capability of the design, a step that can lead to the development and implementation of products incorporating this new technology.

Key features of the Atlanta 2000 LTE Gateway include:

  • Low power hardware architecture consisting of Dual Network Processor Cores, Dedicated VoIP DSP and Dual Crypto Security Engines.

  • Turnkey broadband, wireless and telephony functionality with IMS compliant, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployment-ready software stack, Certified OMA-DM, Broadband Forum Management and Provisioning

  • Telco-grade VoIP quality with comprehensive Wireline and Wireless Codec support

  • Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6, Hardware-based security and tunneling (IPSec /PPPT/L2TP /SSL).

  • Best-in-class performance Java Virtual Machine and OSGI support for Home Automation Applications over LTE.

France Telecom Contemplates Acquisition of Egypt's MobiNil

France Telecom-Orange (“FT�?) and Orascom Telecom (OTMT) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding their interests in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services S.A.E. (“ECMS�?) and MobiNil for Telecommunications S.A.E. (“MobiNil�?). The companies contemplate:

The early sale by OTMT of most of its stake in MobiNil/ECMS to FT, at a price of EGP 202.5 per ECMS share. FT would then launch a tender offer for ECMS’ free float at such price, in accordance with applicable laws and subject to the approval of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (“EFSA�?).

OTMT would retain a 5% economic interest in ECMS.

FT and OTMT would amend certain provisions under the current MobiNil Shareholders Agreement in order to adjust the governance structure to the new shareholding interests and to put in place the usual mechanisms to protect minority shareholders’ interests.

Broadcom Launches First 802.11ac Silicon

Broadcom launched the first "5G WiFi" chips based on the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, which promises more reliable coverage and gigabit speeds compared to the legacy 802.11a/b/g/n technologies,

Specifically, the new BCM43460 system-on-chip (SoC) is 3x faster and 6x more power efficient than previous generation 802.11n solutions while remaining interoperable with the legacy 802.11 technologies. The 2.4/5 GHz single-chip MAC/PHY/Radio SOC is aimed at enterprise and carrier class access points, branch office routers and business class integrated services routers.

The BCM43460 is a dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) IEEE 802.11ac draft 3 x 3 compliant MAC/PHY/Radio complete SoC. The fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver supports 3 x 3 antennas for date rates up to 1.3 Gbps.

Broadcom is offering a number of new capabilities in the SOC, including an explicit and implicit transmit beam-forming technology that significantly extends the range, coverage and network efficiency of enterprise wireless networks, particularly in single antenna devices such as smartphones. Broadcom is introducing an airtime fairness feature that enables better performance through its support for a denser environment of mixed speed Wi-Fi devices. Advanced spectrum analysis features combine in-depth RF analysis with real-time WLAN information for real-time trouble�shooting of performance problems. This feature is critical to Enterprise operators for deep monitoring of interference in the network, resulting in more reliable, consistent wireless service.

"Enterprise networks are on the cusp of a new mobile computing era in which tablets and smartphones will be ubiquitous in the workplace," said Rajiv Ramaswami, executive vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure and Networking Group. "Broadcom is at the forefront of developing the latest wireless technologies for the enterprise, delivering the connectivity capabilities needed to meet the growing demands of an unwired workforce."
  • 802.11ac. leverages 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions.

NSN Cites Gains in LTE-ready Packet Core Deployments

Nokia Siemens Networks has reached a major milestone in the deployment of packet core systems for mobile broadband -- one billion packet core subscriber licenses have been deployed to date (operators typically deploy more licenses than the actual number of mobile broadband subscribers on their network).

Furthermore, 285 operators in more than 115 countries around the globe use Nokia Siemens Networks’ packet core offering to serve the fast growing demand for mobile broadband. Of these, over 100 operators use the company’s Liquid Core based LTE-ready packet core. These deployments amount to over 2000 packet core network elements installed worldwide.

Google + Motorola Deal Clears Regulatory Hurdles

Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility received regulatory clearance from the European Union and the U.S. Department of Justice. The deal was first announced on Aug. 15, 2011. The companies say the merger will "supercharge" Android.

Motorola Mobility is the holder of a portfolio of approximately 17,000 issued patents and 6,800 applications, including hundreds of standard essential patents (SEPs) relevant to wireless devices that Motorola Mobility committed to license through its participation in standard-setting organizations (SSOs).

Separately, the U.S. Department of Justice also approved the acquisitions by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) of certain Nortel Networks Corporation patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents.

Stoke's Wi-Fi Exchange Enables Trusted Extension of Mobile Services

Stoke introduced its new Wi-Fi Exchange gateway for helping network operators to safely and automatically authenticate Wi-Fi subscribers and securely link them to their services network. This enables operators to leverage Wi-Fi as an intelligent offload without requiring a software client on the mobile device.

Stoke's Clientless Interworking solution enables operators to provide trusted connections to mobile services, offering high-density secure session termination of Wi-Fi connections outside the operator core. A key advantage is that, unlike consumer or ad hoc Wi-Fi offload, commercial offload gives subscribers access to all the services, security and standards they receive over cellular networks, effectively extending the operator’s services delivery and revenue generating capabilities to Wi-Fi.

Stoke said benefits of its new Wi-Fi Exchange gateway include:

  • eliminating the need for software installation on or hardware modifications to the mobile device;

  • enabling a fully-featured and secure experience over Wi-Fi;

  • providing operators with visibility into Wi-Fi subscriber traffic in order to optimize the user experience ;

  • allowing operators to remain connected with their subscribers throughout their mobile broadband experience.

The company noted that its Wi-Fi Exchange with Clientless Interworking leverages capabilities already deployed in mobile devices and networking infrastructures, such as the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) feature common in today’s mobile device operating systems. Stoke has already demonstrated the use of Wi-Fi Exchange with Wi-Fi infrastructure from Aruba Networks.

"With the expanding availability of Wi-Fi, mobile users are increasingly choosing Wi-Fi over cellular, distancing them from the mobile operator. Operators’ current strategies leveraging unmanaged Wi-Fi offload are reinforcing this effect, which represents a major threat to the business model,�? said Dave Williams, CTO at Stoke. “Operators are aware they have to do something about this, but until now the technology hurdles have been too high. Our offering helps to solve these challenges. It is already attracting strong interest from the operator community, and we are working closely with technology partners to build out an ecosystem supporting our approach."