Saturday, May 9, 2015

Qualcomm Sharpens Focus on Internet of Everything

Qualcomm Atheros introduced two new intelligent, Wi-Fi connectivity solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE).

The QCA401x, which is Qualcomm Atheros' most integrated and feature-rich intelligent connectivity solution to date for the IoE, features a fully integrated micro controller unit with up to 800KB of on-chip memory available to programmers and an expanded set of interfaces to directly interconnect with sensors, display and actuators, further reducing system cost, size and complexity. It includes a suite of communication protocols including Wi-Fi, IPv6, HTTP and other cloud enablers, and an advanced security feature designed to maximize security in the smallest IoE devices. The QCA401x is currently being sampled by leading OEMs.

The QCA4531 is a low-cost turnkey solution that brings high-performance connectivity capabilities with a user-programmable Linux/OpenWRT environment benefiting from the extended range based on 2x2 11n. It is designed to serve as a feature-rich IoE node leveraging the Linux framework and as a hub to enable an IoE Ecosystem. As the IoE ecosystem expands, the QCA4531 is ideal for multi-protocol bridging and communication, bringing together multiple wireless medium and bridging between different ecosystems. The QCA4531 can function as an Access Point supporting up to 16 simultaneous devices, and is also power-optimized to enable appliances to meet international standards for energy efficiency. The QCA4531 is currently shipping to leading appliance manufacturers and other IoE-focused customers.

"A big part of Qualcomm Atheros' strategy for the IoE is pairing the right mix of connectivity and computing capabilities from our deep technology portfolios to address the varying needs of the IoE," said Joseph Bousaba, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. "Both the QCA401x and QCA4531 align to this strategy and pair well with the range of offerings from our intelligent connectivity portfolio, including the QCA4002 and QCA4004 solutions, which have shipped in over 35 million products since their launch."

NeoPhotonics Sees Boost from 100G

NeoPhotonics, which supplies hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems, reported Q1 2015 revenue of $81.4 million, up $13.2 million, or 19.4%, from the first quarter of 2014, and up $2.4 million, or 3.0%, from the prior quarter. Gross margin was 29.6%, up from 20.2% in the first quarter of 2014, and up from 28.7% in the prior quarter. Net income was $0.1 million, up from a loss of $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2014, and down from $1.6 million in the prior quarter.

“We are very pleased with our first quarter results that clearly demonstrate our leadership in 100G product solutions and strong execution toward our goal of delivering sustained profitability,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “We’ve delivered a third consecutive quarter of non-GAAP profitability and we’re particularly excited about the strengthening of our market position within the 100G market with our acquisition in January of the tunable laser products of EMCORE, which has enhanced our position as the market share leader for both 100G coherent receivers and 100G narrow line-width tunable lasers,” continued Mr. Jenks.