Tuesday, May 31, 2016

GSMA Offers Advice for Europe to Recapture Mobile Edge

The GSMA published a list of seven policy recommendations for Europe to regain a leading position in mobile.

“For Europe to catch up in 4G and become a leader in 5G, a fundamental change in approach to telecoms policy is required,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “We have identified seven critical areas for action that, taken together, can propel Europe to the forefront of the global digital economy and deliver the next wave of mobile innovation to its citizens.”

1. Change objectives of the EU telecoms framework to target investment and sustainable competition in the long term interests of consumers European regulation must aim to achieve consistently higher levels of network investment than it has seen in recent years if it is to achieve Europe’s ambitions in 5G. This is only possible if regulators target sustainable levels of competition to maximise consumer benefits over the long term. The framework should therefore require regulators to promote growth, innovation, and investment in communications markets for the long-term benefit of end users.

2. Deregulate mobile services and refocus policy in relation to spectrum
With new forms of competition in telecoms services markets on the rise, policymakers must seize the opportunity to deregulate and gain a leading role for Europe in 5G. Sector-specific regulation should be withdrawn where competition exists. The “deregulation” initiative should also include the removal of conditions in spectrum licences, such as wholesale access obligations, which are unrelated to the efficient allocation of spectrum.

3. Launch an ambitious mobile cost reduction initiative 
The significant increase in investment levels needed to drive a European roadmap to 5G will only be achieved if the costs of mobile network deployment are significantly reduced. The European Commission should examine what can be done to further reduce the costs of mobile network deployment, including the costs of sites, spectrum fees and other input taxes.

4. Focus on what drives high performance
BEREC should lead in developing a better understanding of the factors needed to produce high performing markets that meet the needs of consumers. Regulators should seek to expand the supply of spectrum in order to reduce the need for spectrum caps or other interventions.

5. Allow networks to meet new demands by providing flexibility 
The demands placed on mobile networks today are straightforward in comparison with the future requirements of the “Internet of Things”, connected apps and an expected significant growth in data traffic over the next five years. Regulations that set simple, uniform targets for network coverage or that equate network quality with speed will no longer be appropriate or relevant in the future. Net neutrality regulations that ignore the vastly different performance standards required by different applications will inhibit innovation, raise costs and harm consumers.

6. Ensure spectrum rights promote investment 
Spectrum policy needs to be growth and investment-focused if Europe is to take a leading role in 5G. We need to simplify and clarify renewal terms and aim to move to perpetual licences in the long term. As more spectrum is released, the need for spectrum caps should reduce, while action is needed on fees, reserve prices and regulatory obligations to ensure that spectrum is licensed in a way that promotes the network investment required to exploit it.

7. Prioritise mobile in delivering wider policy goals 
European policymakers should ensure they prioritise mobile when designing policies to address wider goals and the delivery of public services to citizens. Many of these goals will be achieved commercially if the supplementary actions proposed by the GSMA are implemented. If subsidies are required to meet objectives that benefit society as a whole, then they should be met from general taxation.

http://www.gsma.com/

IEEE 802.3 Projects Extend Ethernet

Two new IEEE 802.3 projects are set to begin:

  • The IEEE P802.3cc project will complete the 25 Gb/s Ethernet family of physical layer specifications (PHYs)  
  • The IEEE P802.3cd project will enable 50 Gb/s Ethernet for next generation server speed and next generation campus cores as well responding to the industry desire to lower costs for next generation 100 Gb/s Ethernet solutions. 

In addition, the IEEE P802.3bs 400 Gb/s Ethernet project modification will expand the project to include 200 Gb/s Ethernet and 200 Gb/s single-mode fiber PHYs within its scope.

“The demand for Ethernet continues to expand rapidly throughout the industry driving the need for market relevant standards to support the adoption and growth of Ethernet,” said David Law, chair, IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group. “These latest IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group projects will address the increasing needs for speeds targeted at specific application areas, and help ensure best practices are implemented through the principles of standardization.”

Both the IEEE P802.3cd and IEEE P802.3bs projects will enable 200 Gb/s Ethernet which will provide a next generation network aggregation speed.

http://standards.ieee.org/

KDDI to Use Intelsat EpicNG for Rio Games

KDDI plans to use Intelsat EpicNG satellite for video contribution and backhaul services at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Specifically, KDDI will use Intelsat 29e at 310˚ East to support regional video contribution for a Tier 1 global media customer from local sports venues to the International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro.

http://www.intelsat.com


Taiwan's COMPUTEX 2016 Brings New Focus to IoT

Taiwan's annual COMPUTEX tradeshow for information technologies opened in Taipei with a big push for IoT solutions. More than 160 exhibitors are displaying the newest in IoT and smart tech applications with emphases on home and entertainment, smart security control, smart car and automotive electronics, wearables and 3D printing.

Qualcomm introduced its latest Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor featuring integrated 4G LTE and its IZat location technology. The processor, which targets wearables such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories, can sync with all four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo). The global multi-mode 4G LTE CAT 1 modem supports data transfers speeds up to 10Mbps, and works with most networks including LTE FDD, LTE TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM.

Taiwan's newly-inaugurated President Tsai Ing-wen remarked, “The IoT era is coming strong. Taiwan must focus on the integration of hardware and software along with low volume high variety manufacturing capabilities.” President Tsai also said that her government will develop an “Asia Silicon Valley” initiative to stimulate IoT growth and continue building a smart, digital country."

http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/en_US/index.html

Qualcomm Samples G.fast Chipsets for Korea and Japan

Qualcomm has begun sampling new GigaDSL chipsets to help broadband operators to transition deployments from VDSL to Gigabit access technologies, especially in Korea and Japan.

The company said its new QCO5700 for multiple dwelling units (MDU) and the QCM5720 for customer premises equipment (CPE) can provide up to 1 Gbps broadband over existing telephone lines – while maintaining interoperability with carriers’ existing modems and seamless coexistence with deployed infrastructure.

“We are committed to driving leading edge technologies to meet carrier's unique requirements, including in Japan and Korea,” said Irvind Ghai, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “With these new GigaDSL product offerings, we are able to meet carriers’ broadband goals, complementing fiber deployment in time for major events, such as the 2018 Winter Games in Korea and the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.”

Qualcomm said it already has design wins with Sumitomo Electronic, NEC and Wave Electronics.

“We are going to make every possible effort to replace our 1G-EPON FTTH products with 10G-EPON products in the FTTH market in Japan. The transition from VDSL to G.Fast (FDD) ‘GigaDSL’ is an important segment to realize this ‘10G upgrade’ for Telco carriers in order to complement the fiber deployment in MDU in Japan, and we are working closely with them and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver the solutions needed to make this a seamless transition,” said Hiroaki Nishimoto, general manager, broad networks division, Sumitomo Electric. “Sumitomo brings to bear our history of infrastructure expertise to make 10 Gigabit access technologies a reality.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Qualcomm Launches Tri-Radio 802.11ac Chipsets

Qualcomm launched a new family of tri-radio 802.11ac chipsets for home Wi-Fi routers and repeaters with advanced Wi-Fi capabilities such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON (Self-Organizing Networks) technology.

The three new radio solutions combine two 5 GHz radios and a 2.4GHz radio to provide greater flexibility in the way that routers or repeaters use wireless spectrum and capacity. The rollout includes two new tri-radio platforms – both of which use its latest 802.11ac System-on-Chip (SoC), the IPQ40x9, which integrates the Qualcomm Internet Processor with 2-stream 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet. The platforms can be combined with the company's new 2-stream 802.11ac radio, the QCA9886, to enable a new class of mainstream routers offering an unprecedented 2.2 Gbps of aggregate capacity, or its popular 4-stream 802.11ac radio, the QCA9984, to boost the capabilities of the premium routers and repeaters to up to 3.1 Gbps.

“As people rely on their home network to support more devices accessing the internet and streaming media, Wi-Fi is being stretched to the limit,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “We are changing the game with features designed to deliver the best possible Wi-Fi experiences and now, uniquely, we are driving those technologies into more cost-effective products to extend the benefits to a wider swath of consumers.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Intel's Latest Xeons Adds Graphics Processing

Intel introduced its new Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 family for accelerating video and graphic-intensive applications.

The new chips combine the performance of Intel Xeon processors with Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580, Intel’s most advanced graphics processor. The  Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 family is based on Intel's Skylake microarchitecture and its 14nm transistor technology.

Intel said the design idea for the Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 is to pack more video streams per watt into a single server or appliance, enabling service providers to deliver high-quality content on demand, including live broadcasting and videoconferencing. The processors provide hardware-enhanced High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) transcoding of 4K video.

Specifically,  the product family can deliver two real-time HEVC streams for 4K 30 frame-per-second (FPS) video and up to 18 AVC streams for taking 1080p 30 frame-per-second video and transcoding it into HEVC at the same resolution.

https://newsroom.intel.com/newsroom/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/05/xeon-E3-1500-v5-fact-sheet.pdf

Innovium Announces Investors and $50M Raised to Date

Innovium, a pre-launch start-up based in San Jose, announced that it has raised over $50 million in funding across two oversubscribed rounds.

Innovium is developing networking infrastructure products for next-generation data centers. Product plans have not been disclosed.

Innovium's Series A funding in the first quarter of 2015 was led by venture capital firms Walden Riverwood Ventures and Capricorn Investment Group, with participation from S-Cubed Capital and Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures. Series B funding later in 2015 was led by Greylock Partners with participation from all existing investors. Concurrent with the funding rounds, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Dipender Saluja of Capricorn, Lip-Bu Tan of Walden International, and Mark Stevens of S-Cubed joined Innovium’s board of directors.

http://www.innovium.com/


  • Earlier this year, Innovium announced the settlement of a lawsuit with Broadcom.
  • Innovium was founded by Rajiv Khemani (previously Cavium), Puneet Agarwal (previously Broadcom), and Mohammad Issa (previously Broadcom).


Intel to Acquire Itseez for Computer Vision

Intel agreed to acquire Itseez Inc., a privately-held developer of Computer Vision (CV) algorithms. Financial terms were not disclosed. Itseez is based in Russia.

Itseez's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are used in a number of autonomous driving systems, providing functionality such as lane departure warning, traffic sign detection, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. Itseez is also a key contributor to computer vision standards initiatives including OpenCV and OpenVX.

Intel said the acquisition furthers its efforts to win in IoT market segments like automotive and video, where the ability to electronically perceive and understand images paves the way for innovation and opportunity.

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-acquires-computer-vision-for-iot-automotive/
http://itseez.com/

Intel's New Core i7 Extreme Edition Boasts 10 Cores

Intel introduced its most powerful desktop processor yet -- the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition will offer up to 10 cores and 20 threads for handling multiple compute intensive applications.

The chip features Intel's Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which steers applications to the highest-performing core.  It offers 40 PCIe lanes connected directly into the CPU for SSDs, multiple discrete GFX cards and Thunderbolt 3 technology. It is also unlocked enabling overclockers to further tune performance.

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-introduces-i7-extreme-edition/

Samsung Ships 512 GB NVMe SSD

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs.

The package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.  The new SSD is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs only about one gram (an American dime by comparison weighs 2.3 grams). The single-package SSD’s volume is approximately a hundredth of a 2.5” SSD or HDD, and its surface area is about a fifth of an M.2 SSD.

http://www.samsung.com

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