Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cavium's OCTEON Sees Small Cell LTE Traction in Korea

Cavium announced that its OCTEON Fusion base-station-on-a-chip solution will be powering the 4G/LTE small cell deployment for SK Telecom, the largest mobile service provider in Korea.

Cavium also confirmed that KT has the OCTEON Fusion platform for the first stage of commercial deployment of LTE small cells.

The OCTEON Fusion processors combine OCTEON's L2-L7 multi-core technology, along with purpose-built, highly programmable L1 baseband DSP cores and extensive 3G/4G hardware accelerators, and front end (DFE) functionality in a single chip. These components are connected through a high performance interconnect to enable low-latency data processing between protocol layers. The OCTEON Fusion family consists of two software compatible product lines: CNF71XX and CNF72XX, which enable small cell base stations supporting from 32 to 300+ users on both LTE and 3G platforms. The Fusion platform is also designed to support a range of wireless and wired backhaul technologies including Wireless LAN, Microwave, Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber. The OCTEON Fusion CNF71XX, Fusion Stack™ and SDK have been sampling since April 2012. 01-Aug-12

Pacific Fibre Ceases Operations Due to Lack of Funding

Pacific Fibre, which was planning the longest and most technically advanced undersea cable systems linking Australia, New Zealand and USA, has ceased operations after failing to raise the NZ$400m required to fund the cable build. The company had been planning a two-cable system linking Australia and New Zealand via a trans-Tasman cable, and another cable connecting New Zealand to the United States.

“The global investment market is undoubtedly difficult at the moment but we knew this was always going to be hard, regardless of our timing. We started Pacific Fibre because we know how important it is to connect New Zealanders to global markets. The high cost of broadband in New Zealand makes it hard to connect globally and it is this market failure, not a technical failure, that we tried hard to solve” said co-founder and director Rod Drury.

“We still cannot see how the government’s investment in UFB makes sense until the price of international bandwidth is greatly reduced” said Mr Drury.

The company noted that the cost of bandwidth to the U.S. from New Zealand as 5.8 times greater than the price paid by Australians, according to a 2011 study from the Australian telecommunication research company Market Clarity. 01-Aug-12

  • In July 2011, Pacific Fibre awarded a supply contract to TE SubCom for its forthcoming 12,750km trans-Pacific cable.

Extreme Networks Post Revenue of $87.6 Million

Extreme Networks reported quarterly net revenue of $87.6 million as compared to $73.4 million in the previous fiscal quarter and $89.8 million for the same period last year. GAAP net income was $7.8 million or $0.08 per diluted share.

"Q4 results were in-line with our targets and we are encouraged by the progress we have made in our financial results," said Oscar Rodriguez, President and CEO of Extreme Networks. "Over the last fiscal year, we have transformed Extreme Networks to take a leading technology position among networking vendors. This coming year we are looking forward to building revenue from our new data center, campus and mobile backhaul product portfolios by leveraging our increased investments in key areas including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) applications." 01-Aug-12

Japanese Companies Form Mobile Semiconductor Joint Venture

Fujitsu, NTT DOCOMO, NEC and Fujitsu Semiconductor will form a joint venture to focus on the development and sales of semiconductors with built-in modem functions for use in communications equipment. The companies have previously collaborated on various designs. The joint venture aims to leverage this work, along with technologies individually held by the companies, to gain a competitive advantage in smartphones.

The new Access Network Technology Limited will begin operations this month with 85 employees. The ownership of th JV is as follows: Fujitsu 52.8%; DOCOMO 19.9%; NEC 17.8%; Fujitsu Semiconductor 9.5%. 01-Aug-12

Verizon Wireless in Consent Decree Concerning Tethering Apps

Verizon Wireless has accepted an FCC consent decree and agreed to pay a $1.25 million penalty after an investigation found that the company sought to block its LTE customers from accessing tethering apps.

One of the conditions of licensing the 700-MHz C-block was that licensees offering service on C Block spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network.”

Verizon Wireless was planning to require all customers who wanted to use their phones for tethering to subscribe to the company’s Mobile Broadband Connect service, at an additional charge.

Under the settlement, Verizon Wireless will notify app store operators that it no longer objects to the availability of the tethering applications to C-Block network customers in the operator’s online market. 01-Aug-12

Cavium Licenses ARMv8

Cavium confirmed that it is an architecture licensee for the ARMv8 architecture.

The ARMv8 architecture features 64-bit execution, enabling processors based on the architecture to be able to combine 64-bit execution with 32-bit execution. It also bring the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing. 01-Aug-12

Amdocs Wins 5 Year Deal with TIM Brasil

Amdocs announced a five-year managed services agreement with TIM Brasil across its wireless, wireline and broadband lines of business. Specifically, Amdocs will manage TIM Brasil's operational support systems (OSS) across all lines of business, providing application development and maintenance as well as assuming responsibility for legacy systems and all third-party OSS vendor contracts. On the business support systems (BSS) side, Amdocs will manage its products deployed across TIM's businesses, including the end-to-end "order to cash" solution suite at TIM Brasil's new fiber optic residential broadband service. Amdocs' new Sao Carlos Operations Center will play a key role in providing the managed services for TIM Brasil. http://www.amdocs.com01-Aug-12

SiTime Signs Investment and Sales Deal with Vectron & Knowles Electronics

SiTime, which offers MEMS-based silicon timing solutions that replace legacy quartz products, announced a strategic partnership with Vectron International and Knowles Electronics. The partnership brings a cash investment by Vectron and Knowles. 

In addition, both Vectron International and Knowles Electronics will sell MEMS timing products through their own direct sales channels, as well as support SiTime with future product developments. 01-Aug-12

Cavium Posts Q2 Sales of $55 Million, up 4% Sequentially

Cavium posted Q2 sales of $55.3 million, a 4.8% sequential increase from the $52.7 million reported in the first quarter of 2012. Net loss (GAAP) was $11.8 million, or $(0.24) per diluted share, compared to $13.8 million, or $(0.28) per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margins were 55.2% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 46.9% in the first quarter of 2012. Total cash and cash equivalents were $61.4 million at June 30, 2012. 01-Aug-12