Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Huawei intros Universal Transport for electrical grids

Huawei announced the commercial release of its next-generation Universal Transport Solution for smart grids.

Huawei said traditional low-speed connectivity services for the power grid, such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and relay protection, will continue to exist for a long time, providing high levels of security. However, the rapid expansion of the global power grid is driving a spike in the construction of power transmission and transformation networks that have greater requirements for more types of service and higher bandwidth.

Electric power companies also have the possibility to launch connectivity services based on their investment in network resources.

The Huawei Next-Generation Universal Transport Solution integrates OTN, SDH, packet, PCM, and other technologies based on the MS-OTN architecture. It supports single wavelength at 100 Gbps or 200 Gbps.  DWDM enables a pair of optical fibers can achieve an ultra-large bandwidth of 20 TBbps. The platform enables the power transmission bearer networks to carry multiple services including commercial traffic.

https://www.huawei.com/us/press-events/news/2018/8/next-generation-universal-transport-solution

Huawei adapts 4.5G/5G solution for China's power companies

Huawei announced a 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA (eLTE Discrete Spectrum Aggregation) solution to help global power companies build a last mile neural network for managing smart grids.

Huawei says traditional VHF (30~300MHz) / UHF (300~3000MHz) narrowband discrete spectrum used in the energy industry cannot meet the requirements for power IoT development because it is commonly based on data radio technology, which causes technical bottlenecks due to long-latency, small capacity, insufficient bandwidth, and high power consumption.

In China, 230MHz of discrete spectrum in VHF narrowband is allocated to the power industry.
The spectrum is aggregated to achieve a minimum latency of 20 ms, with a maximum of 4000 users in a cell, and a transmission rate from Kbps to Mbps for a single user. The minimum static power consumption of the module is 0.15w.

Earlier this month, Huawei conducted a performance and service verification test of its 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA solution with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI). The results showed excellent performance in terms of speed, capacity, security and reliability, and that the solution can fully meet the intelligent control service requirements, such as precise load control and power distribution automation.

Huawei also notes that its 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA solution has strong anti-interference capabilities, as it can run stably in a complex radio environment where data transmission stations coexist.

Huawei expects its solution to be widely adopted by the electric power utilities in China for carrying mission-critical services such as precise load control, power distribution automation, and collection of power consumption information.

Open source "Zowe" framework bridges apps to mainframes

The Open Mainframe Project, which is backed by IBM and CA Technologies amongst others, introduced Zowe, a new open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe.

Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS. Its mission is to enable better integration capabilities for z/OS through an extensible open source framework and the creation of an ecosystem of independent Software Vendors (ISVs), System Integrators, clients and end users.

Initial Zowe modules will include:

  • An extensible z/OS framework that provides new APIs and z/OS REST services to transform enterprise tools and DevOps processes that can incorporate new technology, languages and modern workflows.
  • A unifying workspace providing a browser-based desktop app container that can host both traditional and modern user experiences and is extensible via the latest web toolkits.
  • An innovative interactive and scriptable Command Line interface (CLI) allowing new ways to seamlessly integrate z/OS in cloud and distributed environments.  

In addition to this technical milestone, Rocket Software is now part of the Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member, joining Platinum members IBM and CA Technologies as key contributors to the Zowe framework.

"The mainframe continues to be a critical platform offering new possibilities for next generation applications. We are excited to participate with the OMP and Zowe community members to streamline the development process for applications leveraging the platform," said Greg Lotko, General Manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. "We are committed to the Zowe initiative as it provides simplified and familiar infrastructure services for the mainframe benefiting both experienced and newer developers and will help our customers accelerate the time-to-market as they deploy their mission critical digital transformation strategies."

ARM and Facebook join Yocto Project for Linux in embedded devices

The Yocto Project, the open source collaboration project that launched in 2011 to help developers create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products, announced ARM and Facebook as new platinum members, joining its 20 other member companies.

The Yocto Project provides a flexible set of tools and a space where embedded developers worldwide can share technologies, software stacks, configurations, and best practices to create tailored Linux images for embedded and Internet of Things (IOT) devices. An upcoming release is expected this fall.


“The next release will demonstrate Yocto Project’s ability to efficiently build and importantly, test complete Linux software stacks which are reproducible, easily audited and totally customizable in a maintainable way,” said Richard Purdie, Project Architect of the Yocto Project.

Cloudera Data Warehouse handles 50 PB loads

Cloudera Data Warehouse entered general availability status. The service is a modern hybrid cloud data warehouse for storing, analyzing and managing data in public clouds and on-premises. The company said its hybrid, cloud-native architecture routinely handles 50 PB data workloads, delivering sub-microsecond query performance and serving clusters with hundreds of compute nodes.

NYSE is using Cloudera to run over 80,000 queries a day on petabytes of data, while adding 30 TB of fresh data daily.

"Before Cloudera, several data warehouse appliances were necessary to support our complex analytic requirements including market surveillance and member compliance analysis. Because the warehouse appliances could not scale we were forced to silo our data by market," said Steve Hirsch, Chief Data Officer, Intercontinental Exchange / NYSE.

The company also announced the availability of Cloudera Altus Data Warehouse, a data warehouse as-a-service, built with the same Cloudera Data Warehouse hybrid, cloud-native architecture.


Lattice Semiconductor appoints AMD exec as its new CEO

Lattice Semiconductor appointed Jim Anderson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, and to the company’s Board of Directors. He most recently served as at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as the General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Computing and Graphics Business Group.

Jeff Richardson, Chairman of the Board, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Anderson as Lattice’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim brings a strong combination of business and technical leadership with a deep understanding of our target end markets and customers. The transformation he drove of AMD’s Computing and Graphics business over the past few years is just a recent example of his long track record of creating significant shareholder value.

President Trump blocks sale of Lattice Semi citing National Security

President Trump signed an order blocking the sale of Lattice Semiconductor to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners on national security grounds. The issue was referred to the President by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) due to concerns regarding China Venture Capital Fund Corporation Limited and its interest in Canyon Bridge Capital Partners.

Darin G. Billerbeck, CEO of Lattice Semiconductor, issued the following statement:

“The transaction with Canyon Bridge was in the best interests of our shareholders, our customers, our employees and the United States. We also believe our CFIUS mitigation proposal was the single most comprehensive mitigation proposal ever proposed for a foreign transaction in the semiconductor industry and would have maximized United States national security protection while still enabling Lattice to accept Canyon Bridge’s investment and double American jobs. While it is disappointing that we were not able to prevail, the Board and I would like to thank Canyon Bridge for their support during this time.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/13/order-regarding-proposed-acquisition-lattice-semiconductor-corporation

Private Equity Firm Acquires Lattice Semi for $1.3 Billion - FPGAs

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) for approximately $1.3 billion inclusive of Lattice’s net debt, or $8.30 per share in cash. This represents a 30% premium to Lattice’s last trade price on November 2, 2016, the last trading day prior to announcement.

Lattice supplies low power FPGA, video ASSP, 60 GHz millimeter wave, and IP products to the consumer, communications, industrial, computing, and automotive markets worldwide. The company is based in Portland, Oregon.

Dell'Oro: Huawei recaptures microwave transmission market share

The microwave transmission market maintained its positive momentum in 2Q 2018, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Huawei regained the highest market share in the quarter.

“This was a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the microwave transmission equipment market,” stated Jimmy Yu, Vice President with Dell’Oro Group. “We are increasingly confident that demand for mobile backhaul is improving, and that it will expand this year following two years of revenue contraction,” continued Yu.

Top Four Microwave Transmission Manufacturers in 2Q 2018

Rank                  Revenue Share
1    Huawei         24 %
2    Ericsson       21 %
3    Nokia         11 %
4    NEC         10 %

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2018 Microwave Transmission Quarterly Report:

  • The point-to-point Microwave Transmission market grew six percent year-over-year in the quarter.
  • Huawei regained the highest market share in the quarter after briefly losing this top spot to NEC in 1Q 2018.
  • Ericsson and Nokia grew their revenue in the quarter, giving them the second and third highest market shares, respectively.
  • The country with the largest demand for Microwave Transmission equipment was India. We estimate radio shipments to India grew about 45 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2018.

http://www.delloro.com

Intel brings 802.11ac and LTE to its latest mobile CPUs

New additions to the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family offer integrated Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities

The new U-series (formerly code-named Whiskey Lake) and Y-series (formerly code-named Amber Lake) are optimized for connectivity in thin, light laptops and 2 in 1s.

The U-series processors bring integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi (with 2x2 160MHz channels), while delivering up to 2-times better performance, compared with a 5-year-old PC, and double-digit gains in office productivity for everyday web browsing and light content creation over the previous generation.

The Y-series processors also deliver fast connectivity options, including fast Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities, while offering double-digit gains in performance compared with the previous generation, enabling fresh innovations in sleek and compact form factor designs with extended battery life.

Gremlin offers Failure-as-a-Service for Docker

Gremlin, a start-up based in San Francisco, has developed a "failure injection platform" that allows developers to stress test Docker environments to better prepare for real-world disasters by simulating compounding issues.

The company said its Failure-as-a-Service platform aims to make containerized infrastructure more resilient.

In December of 2017, Gremlin launched the first iteration of its platform alongside a $7.5 Million Series A funding round, recreating common failure states within hybrid cloud infrastructure.

“The concept of purposefully injecting failure into systems is still new for many companies, but chaos engineering has been practiced at places like Netflix and Amazon for over a decade,” said Matthew Fornaciari, CTO and Co-Founder of Gremlin. “We like to use the vaccine analogy: injecting small amounts of harm can build immunity that proactively avoids disasters. With today’s updates to the Gremlin platform, DevOps teams will be able to drastically improve the reliability of Docker in production.”

http://www.gremlin.com


  • The Series A funding came from Index Ventures and Amplify Partners.


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