Thursday, August 14, 2014

Intel to Acquire LSI's Axxia Networking Business from Avago

Intel to acquire LSI's Axxia Networking Business and related assets for $650 million in cash from Avago Technologies.

The Axxia Networking Business generated revenues of $113 million in calendar 2013 and employs approximately 650 people.

The sale follows Avago Technologies acquisition of LSI earlier this year in a deal valued at $6.6 billion

http://www.avagotech.com/

In November 2013, LSI announced first commercial delivery of its Axxia 4500 family of communication processors for enterprise and data center networking applications such as evolving application aware networking.

LSI's Axxia 4500, which is the company's first ARM technology-based communication processor, features a new "StreamSight" next-generation Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine that provides improved Software-Defined Networks (SDN) controller traffic inspection, efficiency of network management, QoS, security and other network functions. The Axxia 4500 processors combine LSI's acceleration engines with up to four ARM Cortex-A15 cores with a CoreLink CCN-504 coherent, QoS aware interconnect in 28nm process technology. The processors also include up to 100 Gbps of L2 switching functionality.

The company said that by combining its Ethernet switches, networking accelerators and "Virtual Pipeline" technology with power-efficient ARM cores, its new Axxia 4500 can address the performance challenges facing next-generation networks. Customers using the Axxia 4500 are able to solve the control plane scalability challenges of SDN and extract the necessary information required to enable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) implementations without burdening the server processor.

In 2013, LSI introduced its ARM-based family of Axxia 5500 processors designed for multi-radio LTE base stations, cell site routers, gateways and mobile backhaul equipment.

The new processors combine up to 16 ARM Cortex-A15 cores with LSI specialized networking accelerators to optimize performance and power efficiency.  On-chip network accelerators deliver up to 50 Gbps packet processing, 20 Gbps security processing and 160 Gbps of Ethernet switching via 16 10G Ethernet interfaces. LSI plans to offer several versions with different core counts and throughput capabilities.  The chip design leverages ARM’s CoreLink CCN-504 low-latency interconnect in 28nm process technology.

LSI said its combination of networking expertise, specialized acceleration engines and Virtual Pipeline technology with ARM’s power-efficient processors and interconnect IP delivers communication processors that are uniquely suited for building intelligent, heterogeneous networks.

Anite Achieves 300 Mbps LTE-A with 3 Carrier Aggregation

Anite, which develops wireless equipment testing technology, has achieved a peak data rate of 300 Mbps with 40 MHz bandwidth using three Component Carrier Aggregation ("3 CC CA").

Three carriers with downlink bandwidths of 20 MHz, 10 MHz and 10 MHz were used to achieve the 300 Mbps (Category 6) on Anite's Development Toolset.  Anite said the milestone was achieved in collaboration with a leading mobile chipset manufacturer.

Anite expects that aggregation of three Component Carriers - with 20 MHz bandwidth each - will achieve downlink data rates to end-users of up to 450 Mbps.

"The 3 CC CA achievement underlines how Anite's collaborative relationships with key industry players and its advanced technology roadmap accelerate the development of LTE-A CA chipsets and devices," says Paul Beaver, Products Director at Anite.

http://www.anite.com

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 Reaches Orbit with .31m Resolution

WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe's sixth and most advanced super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite, was successfully launched into orbit aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

WorldView-3 will collect super-spectral imagery at 0.31 meter resolution -- delivering 5 times the clarity of the company's nearest competitor. In addition, WorldView-3 will offer the most spectral diversity available commercially and will be the first to offer multiple shortwave infrared (SWIR) bands that allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke and other air-born particulates.

WorldView-3 is aalso the first satellite to offer CAVIS, a cloud, aerosol, water vapor, ice and snow atmospheric correction instrument, which monitors the atmosphere and corrects data for an unprecedented level of consistency.

The satellite and atmospheric monitoring instrument called CAVIS were built by Ball Aerospace. Exelis (NYSE: XLS) built the integrated, super-spectral payload consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared system.

"The successful launch of WorldView-3 extends DigitalGlobe's commanding technological lead and will enable us to help our customers see through smoke, peer beneath the ocean's surface and determine the mineral and moisture content of the earth below -- all with unprecedented clarity," said Jeffrey R. Tarr, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe. "We'd like to thank our customers, partners, team members and investors for their support in bringing to the world the new capabilities made possible with this success."

http://WorldView3.DigitalGlobe.com

Nike Picks Juniper for Next Gen Data Center

Nike has selected Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture to build a new, highly-scalable, next-generation data center cloud and retail network infrastructure. Additionally, MetaFabric will serve as the basis for virtualizing multiple NIKE data centers around the world.

Specifically, Juniper said it will work with Nike to provide:

  • A carrier-class, ultra-scalable, secure network architecture, providing a foundation upon which to virtualize multiple NIKE data centers globally.
  • Advanced orchestration via automation, management, and data analytics across all domains
  • Co-creation on future developments for NIKE’s network.

“Enterprises are re-engineering their business models in light of changing customer behavior and emerging technologies. Managing this transformation requires an intelligent and comprehensive, High-IQ network infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to business demands. It also requires building private clouds that deliver applications with high performance and agility. Juniper’s technologies enable customers to realize the benefits of carrier-class, ultra-scalable cloud data center solutions that are virtualized, secure and flexible enough to accommodate the performance demands of their clients anywhere, anytime,” stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

Juniper Intros EX4600 Ethernet Enterprise Switches

Juniper Networks introduced its new line of EX4600 Ethernet switches for enterprise campus networks.

The EX4600 line offers scalable 10/40GbE connectivity with support for Juniper's Virtual Chassis technology, which enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device with one IP address. When managed by Junos Space Network Director, the entire campus and data center network can be managed with a common interface through a single pane of glass.

The EX4600 line offers Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, provides In-Service Software Update (ISSU) capabilities,
and includes a number of high availability features such as active and backup routing engines, graceful failover, ISSU capabilities and quality of service (QoS) to prioritize time-sensitive data.

"Juniper has built its new EX4600 switches on the design principles of our new Open Converged Framework for the cloud-enabled campus -- an open architecture that embraces third party solutions, provides a virtualized and programmable platform to enable network function convergence with a plug-and-play design that seamlessly scales as campus cloud requirements demand," stated Mike Marcellin, senior vice president strategy and marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/switching/ex-series/

Hexatronic Scandinavia Acquires Proximion

Hexatronic Scandinavia AB, a supplier of optical communication products based in Gothenburg, Sweden, has acquired  all of the shares of Proximion AB.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Proximion, which is based in Kista, Sweden, supplies optical modules and sub-systems based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology. Its portfolio ranges from single channel, dispersion compensation modules to complex continuous band modules which are used to eliminate the residual dispersion in Submarine Networks or to enable powerful and cost effective dispersion compensation in coherent systems.

http://www.proximion.com/

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