Monday, May 18, 2020

Huawei's statement on new restrictions by the U.S. government

In response to the new restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce that target it specifically, Huawei issued a statement describing the move as a stranglehold without justification.

The full statement:

"Huawei categorically opposes the amendments made by the US Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule that target Huawei specifically.

The US government added Huawei to the Entity List on May 16, 2019 without justification. Since that time, and despite the fact that a number of key industrial and technological elements were made unavailable to us, we have remained committed to complying with all US government rules and regulations. At the same time, we have fulfilled our contractual obligations to customers and suppliers, and have survived and forged ahead against all odds.

Nevertheless, in its relentless pursuit to tighten its stranglehold on our company, the US government has decided to proceed and completely ignore the concerns of many companies and industry associations.


This decision was arbitrary and pernicious, and threatens to undermine the entire industry worldwide. This new rule will impact the expansion, maintenance, and continuous operations of networks worth hundreds of billions of dollars that we have rolled out in more than 170 countries. 

It will also impact communications services for the more than 3 billion people who use Huawei products and services worldwide. To attack a leading company from another country, the US government has intentionally turned its back on the interests of Huawei’s customers and consumers. This goes against the US government’s claim that it is motivated by network security.

This decision by the US government does not just affect Huawei. It will have a serious impact on a wide number of global industries. In the long run, this will damage the trust and collaboration within the global semiconductor industry which many industries depend on, increasing conflict and loss within these industries.

The US is leveraging its own technological strengths to crush companies outside its own borders. This will only serve to undermine the trust international companies place in US technology and supply chains. Ultimately, this will harm US interests.

Huawei is undertaking a comprehensive examination of this new rule. We expect that our business will inevitably be affected. We will try all we can to seek a solution. We hope that our customers and suppliers will continue to stand with us and minimize the impact of this discriminatory rule."

http://huaweihub.com.au/media-statement-on-foreign-direct-product-rule-changes-made-by-us-government/

Cadence offers 56G Long-Reach PAM4 SerDes IP

Cadence Design Systems released 56G long-reach SerDes IP on TSMC’s N7 and N6 process technologies.

The company expects 56G connectivity to be particularly important for 5G infrastructure deployment, both in baseband and remote radio head systems. To address this broader market, Cadence has expanded its PAM4 SerDes portfolio with 56G long-reach SerDes IP on the TSMC N7 and N6 processes delivering optimized power, performance and area (PPA).

The Cadence 56G long-reach SerDes IP highlights:

  • Best-in-class 36db+ insertion loss using Cadence’s multi-rate DSP technology
  • Industrial temperature range, CPRI data rate support and per-lane PLL are ideal for 5G applications
  • 56G long-reach performance has been achieved on N7 test silicon and is compatible with the N6 process
  • Fully compliant with the IEEE standard specification
  • Programmable power configurations via a unique firmware-controlled adaptive power optimizer, which provides optimal power and performance tradeoffs and more efficient system designs based on platform requirements
  • Optimal data recovery through the programmable DSP-based architecture, which allows optimal power delivery for a given reach and provides superior data recovery under lossy and noisy channel conditions
  • Improved flexibility enabled by the extended reach capability lets customers use lower cost PCBs and achieve greater flexibility in PCB and system design

“We are pleased to see Cadence expand its PAM4 offerings to include 56G and extend support to TSMC N7 and N6 process technologies,” said Suk Lee, senior director of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “This joint effort combining Cadence’s leading edge SerDes IP and TSMC’s advanced process technologies will help our customers unleash their silicon innovations for emerging 5G and hyperscale data center applications.”

“After being first to market in 2019 with silicon-proven 112G-LR SerDes on TSMC 7nm technology, we have now expanded our offering to include PPA-optimized 56G-LR to address the connectivity needs of the 5G infrastructure and AI/ML market. This new PAM4-based 56G-LR SerDes is based on Cadence’s well-proven multi-rate DSP technology,” said Rishi Chugh, vice president of product marketing, IP Group at Cadence. “The availability of Cadence’s 56G long-reach SerDes IP on the TSMC N7 and N6 processes accelerates the adoption and deployment of cost-effective 100G and 400G networks.”

http://www.cadence.com/go/56GSerDes

IDL2020: Visionary papers and videos

In recognition of the International Day of Light (May 16th), leaders in the photonics field released new articles that describe how light-based technologies are driving cleaner energy, sustainable farming, high-speed connectivity, and better diagnostics and treatments.

The authors include Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Canada; Juergen Popp and Ute Neugebauer, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology e.V. Jena, Germany; Cather Simpson, University of Auckland, New Zealand; and Imrana Ashraf, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan.

“The best thing we can do is put our confidence in scientists and engineers who work with light and in many other areas of science to develop solutions to the many challenges we are facing, and to guide us towards a brighter future.” - International Day of Light Steering Committee Chair John Dudley, Universit√© Bourgogne Franche-Comt√©, France.

Key advancements noted in the articles:

  • The development of efficient LEDs provide cost-effective lighting solutions, which are especially impactful in developing nations and lower greenhouse gas emissions worldwide;
  • Fiber optics has revolutionized the way humans interact in the 21st century by easing the communication and transmission of information;
  • The science of light has created diagnostic equipment, along with incoherent and coherent light solutions for treatment of outbreaks, such as COVID-19;
  • Light-based sensing technologies allow for more accurate monitoring of environmental health as countries assess climate change;
  • Developments in imaging and remote sensing are enabling sustainable agriculture goals that help mitigate food shortages.

“These visionary leaders have shared thoughtful articles that we hope will resonate with scientists and non-scientists alike. Each topic also connects to current and future solutions around the pandemic we are living through now. IEEE Photonics Society is proud to support this initiative.” - IEEE Photonics Society President Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University, USA.

"SPIE is proud to be one of the founding sponsors working to establish the International Day of Light. The solutions to today's global challenges will all involve light-based technologies, either directly or indirectly. Highlighting this impact is crucial, as we must broaden the awareness of light in our lives across the globe," said SPIE President John E. Greivenkamp, University of Arizona, USA

 “OSA’s partnership with our fellow societies to support this campaign is essential to building public awareness of the importance of the science of light and light-based technologies. Light has to be on the forefront of minds for voters, policy-makers, STEM educators and - most importantly - the next generation of our workforce,” commented OSA President Stephen D. Fantone, Optikos Corporation, USA.

https://www.lightday.org/

Digital Realty to host The Shadowserver Foundation

Digital Realty's data center in Oakland, California, will support The Shadowserver Foundation, a nonprofit organization working on Internet security.

The Shadowserver Foundation collects vast amounts of threat data, sends tens of thousands of free daily remediation reports, and cultivates strong reciprocal relationships with network providers, national governments and law enforcement. The goal is to bring malicious activities and abusable vulnerabilities out of the shadows, expedite their remediation and help to better secure the Internet.

Digital Realty said its Oakland data center offers direct access to Silicon Valley and the ability to support high-density deployments, providing agility and flexibility to enable customers to meet their growing data center requirements.  With access to over 60 networks within Digital Realty's Bay Area Connected Campus, the Oakland data center is ideally positioned to help The Shadowserver Foundation streamline its data center network, providing flexibility to easily migrate its gear to a single location over time.

"Our mission as one of the world's leading resources for internet security is to equip organizations with the research and tools they need to reinforce their protection and remediation efforts," said Richard Perlotto, Director, The Shadowserver Foundation.  "Earlier this year, we began our search for a provider to host our data center, seeking a partner who offered the flexibility and expertise we need to support us as our business evolves.  With Digital Realty, we have the infrastructure we need to be able to more effectively monitor and prevent dark web and illegal activity on the internet."

https://www.digitalrealty.com/platform-digital/network-hub

IDC: Limited COVID-19 impact to global telecom service spending

IDC is predicting that worldwide spending on telecommunications and pay TV services will reach nearly $1.6 trillion in 2020, a decrease of 0.8% compared to 2019, indicating only a limited impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. IDC expects the decline to continue in 2021, but at a somewhat lower degree.

Some highlights from IDC:

  • The mobile segment, the largest segment of the market, will post a slight decline in 2020 due to lower revenues from roaming charges, less mobile data overages due to the stay-at-home situation, and slower net additions, especially in the consumer segment. 
  • Fixed data services spending will increase by 2.9% in 2020 as the need for more fixed Internet connectivity determined by the "great lockdown" is likely to help this segment maintain growth. 
  • Spending on fixed voice services will continue to decline and will take an additional hit due to the pandemic as users will likely drop fixed voice services for savings purposes. 
  • Fixed IP voice will survive longer as the service is included in bundles in most cases. 
  • Pay TV services will be boosted by the lockdown, but also affected by the economic downturn, so the spending in this category is expected to decline slightly.
  • In 2020, telecom services spending will drop in all geographic regions. 
  • The largest market, the Americas, will see a tiny decline of 0.04%. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia/Pacific (including Japan) will dip more primarily because of the larger price-sensitive audience in the low-income countries of Africa and Asia. 
  • Growth is not expected in EMEA or Asia/Pacific before 2022 as the users in emerging markets are expected to remain cautious about spending for some time.

Keysight and Credo collaborate on PAM-4-to-NRZ

Keysight Technologies introduced a test solution that enables data center operators to leverage 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) capable test ports to link with and test legacy 100GE network equipment.

The new test solution is comprised of Keysight’s Ixia AresONE 400GE High Performance Layer 1 through 3 test system based on Pulse Amplitude Modulation level-4 (PAM4) signaling interconnected to legacy 100GE non-return-to-zero (NRZ) networking equipment ports using Credo’s HiWire Active Electrical Cable (AEC) technology. This collaboration provides speed-shifting of the signaling rates and forward error correction (FEC) conversion.

The companies said their combined test solution bridges the signaling gap between incompatible PAM4- and NRZ-encoded signaling. It removes potential compromises in testing configurations to improve overall performance validation and quality. The AEC cable technology performs the necessary conversions to allow a PAM4-encoded port to interoperate with an NRZ-encoded port. The solution provides support for testing four ports of 100GE NRZ from a single port of 400GE QSFP-DD PAM4 in 4x100GE speed mode.

“Data center operators are faced with a complex environment and need to leverage their existing investments for the future,” said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president, product development, Keysight’s Network Applications & Security group. “The Ixia AresONE 400GE test system supports Credo’s interconnect technology in high density 100GE test beds, enabling data center operators to accelerate validation of 100GE NRZ devices and network infrastructure while leveraging 400GE-capable PAM-4 ports to support demand in the future.”

NTT collaborates with ITER project

NTT has signed a cooperation agreement with ITER, the International Fusion Energy Organization, which is building the world’s first experimental hydrogen fusion reactor in southern France. NTT is the first Japanese company to sign a collaborative agreement with ITER.

NTT said the collaboration will focus on:

  • Exploration of innovative future Information and Communication Technology, including ultra-high-speed network, ultra-low latency network connectivity, data storage, computing, and global network infrastructure.
  • Exploration of the concept “IOWN” including All-Photonics Network, Digital Twin Computing, and Cognitive Foundation.
  • Information distribution and control platforms in preparation for ITER’s first plasma in 2025 and beyond.

“With an aim of achieving zero environmental impact, NTT is conducting R&D to create the innovations needed to achieve this goal, and carrying out its business activities in a manner that reduces its effects on the environment. Safe and permanent fusion energy is one of the most promising technologies in this important endeavor. We believe that NTT’s groundbreaking R&D activities, including IOWN, and our ability to construct global infrastructure can make a valuable contribution to the ITER Organization, a leading research entity in this area. Under this agreement, we will work closely with the ITER Organization to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power at an industrial scale for the first time in human history,” stated Jun Sawada, President & CEO, NTT.

“We, with the seven ITER Members, believe that fusion power can become a clean and safe vital contributor to the global energy mix for our civilization starting in this century for numerous millennium, and the progress of the ITER Project is essential for that path. I am pleased to have global ICT companies like NTT as one of our long-term non-commercial collaboration partners, with the solid capacity to develop advanced global ICT technologies as well as the capability to envision innovative future technologies strategies such as the IOWN concept that fusion will definitively need,” said Bernard Bigot, Director-General, the ITER Organization.

Dell'Oro: RAN Market Returned to Growth in Q1

Preliminary estimates suggest that the overall 2G-5G radio access network (RAN) infrastructure equipment market returned to growth in the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group, which found that growth is increasing at single-digit rate year-over-year(YoY), propelling the overall RAN market to advance in six of the last seven quarters.

"Market conditions in the quarter were in many aspects positive, as healthy end-user fundamentals and positive 5G momentum outweighed downward risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, "said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "While we not made any material changes to the overall 2020 RAN market outlook and continue to expect the worldwide market to grow at a healthy pace, regional risk profiles have changed with increase downward risks given the slowdown in the overall economy and upside risks prompted by potentially faster-than-expected 5G acceleration in China and Korea," continued Pongratz.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2020 RAN report:

  • 5G NR comprised 20% to 40% of the overall RAN market in 1Q20
  • Massive MIMO radio shipments increased four-fold YoY with total installed base eclipsing 60 M transceivers.
  • Indoor small cell growth slowed in the quarter – outlook remains favorable for full year 2020.
  • Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Samsung accounted for more than 95% of the market in 1Q20.
  • Huawei's total RAN share improved, reflecting Huawei's growing position in China.
  • Smaller RAN players continued to benefit from the ongoing shift toward Open RAN.

https://www.delloro.com/news/ran-market-returned-to-growth-in-1q-2020/


In the latest Ethernet Switch - Data Center 5-year Forecast Report from Dell’Oro G

Taiwan Star Telecom picks Nokia for 5G

Taiwan Star Telecom (TST) has selected Nokia's end-to-end AirScale Radio Access network portfolio to launch 5G non-standalone (NSA) networks that will lay the foundations for 5G standalone (SA) in the future. Nokia is the only supplier in this deal.

Nokia previously installed TST’s LTE network, which will now be migrated to 5G services utilizing Nokia’s AirScale BTS and AirScale Radio Access solutions. Nokia said it will also supply its AirScale massive MIMO solution. Nokia Global Services will execute rollouts, network design and optimization along with technical software and hardware support using digital and automated services delivery. Nokia’s end-to-end 5G solution ensures a simple migration path and a fast deployment for TST to support its requirements. The deal also includes multiple Nokia Software products, including the NetAct mobile network management system, Smart Plan Suite (a cloud-native solution for the needs of 5G and IoT), and  the Nokia Subscriber Data Management (SDM).

TST recently secured 40 MHz of bandwidth and is already underway with the initial phase of network deployment. Early deployment will see 126 commercial districts and retail zones covered which is expected to be completed by Q320 with 80 percent of metropolitan areas covered by 2023.

MediaTek's Dimensity 820 chip delivers 5G NR (sub-6GHz)

MediaTek introduced its Dimensity 820 5G system-on-chip (SoC), which packs a high performance Arm Mali G57 GPU graphics plus HyperEngine 2.0. It offer support for 120Hz high frame-rate displays, while leading HDR features with MediaTek MiraVision showcases the most vivid visuals in videos and streams.

"Our Dimensity 1000 is already powering impressive flagship 5G devices in a number of markets. With the new Dimensity 820, we're now making 5G much more accessible," said Dr. Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek's Wireless Communications Business Unit.  "The Dimensity 820 stands out beyond competitors by offering four high-performance Arm Cortex-A76 cores at 2.6GHz within its octa-core CPU, delivering superb performance and responsiveness, among its incredible AI, gaming and photography experiences."

MediaTek's Dimensity 820 integrates a 5G NR (sub-6GHz) modem into this single-chip solution with MediaTek's 5G UltraSave technologies, including exclusive 5G UltraSave Network Environment Detection and 5G UltraSave OTA Content Awareness, that altogether provides best-in-class energy efficiency. The 5G modem design also uses dynamic bandwidth part (BWP) adaption and connected mode discontinuous reception (C-DRX) power-saving technologies.

5G Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology delivers higher average speeds and a seamless handover between two 5G connection areas for the most reliable connectivity on the go. The Dimensity 820 also supports dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) 5G technology for access to the fastest speeds and Voice over New Radio (VoNR) services on both SIMs.

Ericsson confirms its 5G contracts with China Telecom and China Unicom

Ericsson confirmed that it will supply 5G solutions to China Telecom and China Unicom. This includes the Ericsson Radio System products, as well as Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solutions.

Ericsson said it will provide outdoor and indoor site solutions to build capacity and coverage in the 3.5GHz and 2.1GHz bands. Network services including provisioning, installation and testing will be provided to meet the CSPs’ technical needs and enable them to build and share 5G networks. The Ericsson Radio System product portfolio will facilitate the CSPs’ Standalone (SA) 5G RAN build. 3.5GHz and 200MHz wideband 5G radio solutions will serve shared network building needs for high-call-volume while 2.1GHz 5G radio solutions will support the mixed deployment of 3G, 4G and 5G networks. This will help China Telecom and China Unicom to quickly achieve coverage breadth and depth.

China Telecom has also selected Ericsson 5G Core portfolio solutions. These include Cloud Packet Core, Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy products, built on cloud-native technology for operational efficiency and agility to launch new 5G services. The Ericsson 5G Core network will be deployed on Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) along with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration.

China Unicom + China Telecom pick Huawei and ZTE 

China Unicom and China Telecom announced the winners of its 5G Stand Alone (SA) tenders, which were valued at a combined CNY183.5 billion. Vendor shares are as follows:

Huawei - 35.9%
ZTE - 35.9%
Ericsson - 17.9%
Datand Mobile Communications - 10.3%

Nokia did not win any share of the contracts.






U.S. Defense Innovation Unit to test Isotropic's' Optical Beamforming

Isotropic Systems announced an antenna evaluation and development contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to test the ability of its patented multi-beam antennas to unlock high-powered bandwidth aboard next-gen Naval vessels at sea.  The collaboration contract is focused on the delivery of a low-profile, high performance, affordable and customizable antenna to support multiple links over multiple bands of satellite capacity, including S-, C-, Ka-, Ku-, X-, and Q-band connectivity, to open up a new world of real-time government communications and connectivity.

Isotropic's patented optical beamforming antenna technologies are designed to fuse multi-band, multi-orbit commercial and military capacity to deliver intelligence data at the tactical edge over a single platform.

Isotropic Systems said its high-performance terminal features optical lens modules that are conformal to the limited real estate aboard Navy ships, providing an antenna design that delivers seamless make-before-break switching between satellites in multiple orbits, and continuous connectivity during turbulent pitch-and-roll conditions facing vessels traversing rough seas.

"Isotropic Systems has cracked the code for a new age of seamless and secure connectivity and communications in some of the most challenging conditions facing government agencies and military operations around the globe," said John Finney, CEO and Founder of Isotropic Systems. "This important effort is potentially a major milestone that will ultimately lead to ultra-high-speed data delivery and real-time national security advantages that come with integrated government networks. We will enable the Navy, and other government forces and agencies, to arbitrage all the capacity it needs from across low-Earth, geosynchronous- equatorial and medium-earth orbit constellations over a single multi-beam platform."

https://www.isotropicsystems.com/