Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Intel ships its Nervana Neural Network Processors

Intel announced the commercial production of its Nervana Neural Network Processors (NNP) for training (NNP-T1000) and inference (NNP-I1000).

The new devices are Intel’s first purpose-built ASICs for complex deep learning for cloud and data center customers. Intel said its Nervana NNP-T strikes the right balance between computing, communication and memory, allowing near-linear, energy-efficient scaling from small clusters up to the largest pod supercomputers. Both products were developed for the AI processing needs of leading-edge AI customers like Baidu and Facebook.

Intel also revealed its next-generation Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU) for edge media, computer vision and inference applications. Additionally, Intel’s next-generation Intel Movidius VPU, scheduled to be available in the first half of 2020, incorporates unique, highly efficient architectural advances that are expected to deliver leading performance — more than 10 times the inference performance as the previous generation — with up to six times the power efficiency of competitor processors.

“With this next phase of AI, we’re reaching a breaking point in terms of computational hardware and memory. Purpose-built hardware like Intel Nervana NNPs and Movidius Myriad VPUs are necessary to continue the incredible progress in AI. Using more advanced forms of system-level AI will help us move from the conversion of data into information toward the transformation of information into knowledge,” stated Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Artificial Intelligence Products Group.

“We are excited to be working with Intel to deploy faster and more efficient inference compute with the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for inference and to extend support for our state-of-the-art deep learning compiler, Glow, to the NNP-I,” said Misha Smelyanskiy, director, AI System Co-Design at Facebook.

AT&T and Amdocs expand strategic alliance

AT&T has awarded a new multi-year managed services agreement to Amdocs to support AT&T’s business transformation strategy.

In addition to customer experience and digital enablement programs, the companies are expanding activities in strategic areas such as data analytics and security.  The team will accelerate the implementation of DevOps to address business priorities and bring innovation to market in an agile manner. 

“5G and the cloud will lead to new business and consumer applications we haven’t even imagined yet, and developers and creators will look to us to help make those visions a reality,” said Andre Fuetsch, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T. “As the ecosystem continues to expand, we need to provide a solid foundation to build on.  Amdocs has been a strong collaborator for years, and we value their agility, technical expertise, and customer-centric approach.”

“AT&T has always driven our industry forward, improving the way people live and work”, said Shimie Hortig, group president, Americas at Amdocs. “We are very proud of our deep relationship spanning many decades and look forward to strengthening this relationship as the communications and media industry continues to innovate at an unprecedented pace.”

Siklu debuts Terragraph Gigabit Wireless Access

Siklu, which specializes in fixed 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, introduced Terragraph-compliant wireless access products at Facebook's TIP Summit ‘19, which is underway this week in Amsterdam.

Terragraph is a gigabit wireless technology designed by Facebook.

Siklu expects to be in initial field trials in Q1 and commercial deployments in by mid-year 2020.

“We are excited about bringing to the TG ecosystem our wealth of experience in building and deploying large-scale mmWave networks,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu. “This announcement represents a substantial acceleration of the introduction of our TG, 60GHz Fixed 5G systems and brings Gigabit-speed connectivity to data-impoverished communities across the globe.”

Siklu’s Terragraph product line represents the company’s third-generation of 60GHz multipoint solutions. The company says it has sold more than 80,000 mmWave units to date.

Ericsson, Swisscom, and Qualcomm test 5G spectrum sharing

Ericsson, Swisscom, and Qualcomm carried out an over-the-air spectrum sharing 5G data call at Swisscom’s Digital Lab on October 31. The call was enabled by Ericsson Spectrum Sharing (ESS).

Ericsson and Qualcomm had previously achieved the first 5G data call using Ericsson Spectrum Sharing on a 3GPP Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) low band.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, part of Ericsson Radio System, enables a quick, flexible, and cost-effective upgrade to 5G within existing 4G carriers. Based on traffic demand, the solution will dynamically share spectrum between 4G and 5G carriers, making the switch within milliseconds to minimize spectrum wastage and provide the best end-user performance.

Swisscom, with Ericsson as its sole 5G vendor, was the first communications service provider in Europe to launch commercial 5G services in April 2019 – on the 3.6 GHz band. Swisscom is targeting 90 percent population coverage by the end of 2019.

Patrick Weibel, Head of 5G Program, Swisscom, says: “Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) allows Swisscom to best leverage the existing frequency spectrum and infrastructure for 4G and 5G customers, depending on their needs. Spectrum sharing will ensure that Swisscom can provide extensive 5G coverage to its customers as soon as possible.”

Hannes Ekström, Head of Product Line 5G RAN, Ericsson, says: “With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, service providers can reuse their Ericsson Radio System investments on bands currently used for LTE to support a fast introduction of 5G. This first ESS 5G data call by Swisscom, on commercial platforms, is an important step toward enabling cost-efficient, nationwide 5G coverage and services.”

DE-CIX deploys 3rd PoP at 60 Hudson in NYC

DE-CIX has deployed a new Point of Presence (PoP) within NYI’s data center facility located in the iconic 60 Hudson Street carrier hotel. DE-CIX’s presence in NYI’s facility is the company’s third access point in the carrier hotel and 14th switch in the New York metro market.

DE-CIX’s new switch within NYI’s NY2 data center provides customers enhanced connectivity options with access to more than 200 locally peered networks through a single cross connect. Through the same cross connect, customers can also extend their reach by leveraging DE-CIX’s GlobePEER Remote, which offers remote peering across global DE-CIX sites, including Frankfurt, Madrid, Istanbul and beyond.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with DE-CIX and be able to offer businesses an easy entry point to this pre-eminent market,” notes Phillip Koblence. “The new DE-CIX PoP will attract additional domestic and international clients with low-latency edge requirements and help them cost-effectively extend their reach through access to a global network platform that reaches thousands of networks around the world. By offering interconnection solutions that are powerful, flexible, and scalable, we can meet the rapidly growing connectivity needs of global clients across all verticals.”

GTT's revenue dips to $420 million, considers sale of European assets

GTT Communications reported revenue of $420.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, a decline of 6.4% compared to 3Q18, and a decline of 3.2% compared to 2Q19. The sequential revenue decline of 3.2% was attributable to a 0.9% decline in monthly recurring cash revenue, a 0.8% decline from foreign currency, a 0.7% decline in non-recurring and other revenue, a 0.6% decline in the runoff of non-cash deferred revenue, and a 0.2% increase in revenue credits.

Net loss for the quarter was $26.2 million compared to net loss of $23.4 million in 3Q18 and net loss of $33.3 million in 2Q19.

Net install trends improved sequentially over the course of the quarter and net installs were positive in October.

GTT also announced an expansion of its non-strategic and non-core asset divestiture exploratory process to include its pan-European fiber assets, subsea transatlantic fiber and data center infrastructure, which the company acquired as part of the Interoute and Hibernia acquisitions.

Infinera posts Q3 revenue of $325 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $325.3 million for its third quarter ended September 28, 2019, compared to $296.3 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $200.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 26.7% compared to 20.7% in the second quarter of 2019 and 35.0% in the third quarter of 2018. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (21.3)% compared to (36.6)% in the second quarter of 2019 and (12.6)% in the third quarter of 2018.

GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(84.8) million, or $(0.47) per share, compared to a net loss of $(113.7) million, or $(0.64) per share, in the second quarter of 2019, and net loss of $(32.6) million, or $(0.21) per share, in the third quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP revenue for the quarter was $327.6 million compared to $306.9 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $200.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.

“In the third quarter, we delivered solid results and achieved significant bookings growth while completing the most challenging tasks of the Coriant integration. Our focused execution and growing backlog keep us on track to deliver double our synergy savings commitments in fiscal 2019 and return to non-GAAP operating profitability and positive cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “We have also enhanced our innovation pipeline with announced DRX wins, the successful launch of XR optics, and growing confidence in our plan to deliver 800G products to the market in 2020.”

MACOM posts sales of $112 million

MACOM reported revenue of $112.2 million for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 27, 2019, a decrease of 25.8% compared to $151.2 million in the previous year fiscal fourth quarter and an increase of 3.6% compared to $108.3 million in the prior fiscal quarter;

Gross margin was 47.2%, compared to 46.9% in the previous year fiscal fourth quarter and 31.2% in the prior fiscal quarter;

Operating loss was $12.0 million, compared to a loss of $17.5 million in the previous year fiscal fourth quarter and a loss of $323.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter; and net income from continuing operations was $8.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share.

"We are making progress on all fronts," said Stephen G. Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are focused on profitability."

Rambus announces PCI Express 5.0 interface

Rambus announced a comprehensive and optimized interface for PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 in an advanced 7nm FinFET process, and offering backward compatibility to PCIe 4.0, 3.0 and 2.0.

The Rambus PCIe 5.0 interface solution includes both PHY and digital controller for easy SoC integration and faster time to market.

Highlights of Rambus PCIe 5.0 solution

  • Integrated and co-validated PHY and digital controller for complete interface solution
  • Built with Rambus’ industry-proven design methodology for long-reach PCIe interfaces
  • 32 GT/s bandwidth per lane with 128 GB/s bandwidth in x16 configuration
  • Backward compatible to PCIe 4.0, 3.0 and 2.0
  • Supports Compute Express Link interconnect
  • Advanced multi-tap transceiver and receiver equalization compensate for more than 36dB of insertion loss

“Our high-speed SerDes and memory interface solutions make possible amazing advancements in performance-intensive applications in AI, data center, HPC, storage and networking,” said Hemant Dhulla, vice president and general manager of IP cores at Rambus. “Now we’ve added PCIe 5 to our industry-leading portfolio of high-speed interface solutions giving chip makers another tool to unleash the power of their designs.”

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