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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Qualcomm to Acquire Atheros for G.fast and other Broadband Tech

Qualcomm Atheros agreed to acquire Ikanos Communications, a developer of broadband networking semiconductors and software for both central office and home gateways, for $2.75 per share in cash, and assume all outstanding indebtedness at the closing of the transaction. (implied value of approximately $47 million)

Ikanos provides a wide array of leading technologies, including A/VDSL2 and G.fast modem technology and chipsets for consumer premises equipment (CPE) and central office (CO) infrastructure. Ikanos also offers multi-mode gateway processor and accelerator technology for fiber, LTE, Ethernet and hybrid-copper applications. In addition, Ikanos inSIGHT software allows remote diagnosis, management and optimization of the broadband connection and quality-of-service, and voice over IP (VoIP) integrated access devices and bridges. Ikanos’ strong central office product portfolio, as well as its technology collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent in the area of fixed access communications, enables Qualcomm Atheros to offer a strong product portfolio in the ultra-broadband access space, including G.fast.

Qualcomm Atheros said the acquisition will expand its footprint in the carrier fixed line segment with the addition of high performance broadband access and modem technologies.

“Qualcomm Atheros has always viewed the home gateway as the enabler for consumers to not only access the Internet for browsing and downloading content and video streaming, but also as the hub of the Internet in the home for a variety of reliable and high quality services,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The combination of Qualcomm Atheros’ broad home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos’ advanced wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for a wide range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment.”

Separately, Ikanos reported revenue for the second quarter of 2015 of $11.1 million, compared to revenue of $11.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 and revenue of $10.2 million for the first quarter of 2015. Net loss for the second quarter of 2015 was $(12.3) million, or a loss of $(0.72) per share on 17.1 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of $(12.3) million, or $(1.24) per share on 9.9 million weighted average shares outstanding, for the second quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $(12.0) million, or $(0.77) per share on 15.6 million weighted shares outstanding, for the first quarter of 2015. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter of 2015 were $16.0 million, compared to $13.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Additionally, at the end of the second quarter of 2015, inventory was $2.0 million, compared to $2.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Current liabilities at the end of the second quarter of 2015 were $20.6 million, compared to $18.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2015/08/06/qualcomm-acquire-xdsl-and-gfast-networking-technology-provider-ikanos
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  • In September 2014, Ikanos Communications announced that Tallwood Venture Capital and Alcatel-Lucent purchased $11.25 million and $5.0 million, or approximately 27.4 million and 12.2 million shares, of the company’s common stock, respectively, at $0.41 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $16.25 million. Alcatel-Lucent committed to loan the company up to $10.0 million, subject to the terms of the loan agreement.  Tallwood has also agreed to purchase an additional $11.25 million of common stock at the same per share price.  In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a collaboration with Ikanos on the development of ultra-broadband products.



Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast


By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc. Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet...


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ikanos and SoftAtHome Offer Broadband Line Monitoring

Ikanos Communications and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms, announced a solution for real-time broadband monitoring and diagnostic tools for operators.

The combined solution of inSIGHT BXM and SOP, jointly designed by Ikanos and SoftAtHome, aims to the best QoS over increasingly complex broadband networks such as VDSL2 vectoring and, in the near future, G.fast.

The solution offers two benefits: proactively identify the cause of common wiring faults and noise interference problems; and secondly, help end-users to solve certain local home connectivity problems.

“Broadband quality of service monitoring and diagnostics are more necessary than ever to reduce carrier operating costs and ensure optimal quality of service for subscribers,” said Omid Tahernia, CEO of Ikanos. “Adding our inSIGHT BXM to SoftAtHome software allows the combined solution to diagnose physical-line problems and noise interference accurately in real time. It also extends the benefits of inSIGHT to a broader base of global carriers.”

http://www.ikanos.com/
http://www.softathome.com/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Invests in Ikanos for G.fast

Ikanos Communications announced that Tallwood Venture Capital and Alcatel-Lucent are purchasing $11.25 million and $5.0 million, or approximately 27.4 million and 12.2 million shares, of the company’s common stock, respectively, at $0.41 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $16.25 million.

Alcatel-Lucent has committed to loan the company up to $10.0 million, subject to the terms of the loan agreement.  Tallwood has also agreed to purchase an additional $11.25 million of common stock at the same per share price.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a collaboration with Ikanos on the development of ultra-broadband products.

“As a world leader in ultra-broadband, we place a great deal of value in technology and innovation,” said Federico Guillen, president Fixed Networks Division at Alcatel-Lucent.  “We set a very high standard when it comes to selecting our partners.  The collaboration with Ikanos is aligned with our vision of bringing ultra-broadband to as many people as possible.”

http://www.ikanos.com

Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast


By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc. Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet...

Ikanos Intros New High-Performance Gateway Processors


Ikanos Communications introduced a new line of Fusiv Vx500 processors for next-generation smart residential gateways. Ikanos' Vx58x vectoring xDSL gateway processors deliver an aggregate (combined upstream and downstream) data rate of up to 400Mbps with VDSL2 bonding, while providing 11GHz of offload processing for cloud access, dual-band, dual-concurrent WiFi acceleration (AC1750), LAN management and QoS, and secure content processing and distribution....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast

By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc.

Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet of Things phenomenon that promises to drive bandwidth demands through the roof.

And carriers and ISPs are lining up to get a share of the prize, wondering how their current broadband technologies can evolve to meet the increasing demand.  In the case of telcos, for example, even with the potential of vectored VDSL2 to deliver aggregate bandwidths of up to 300 Mbps to consumers, competitive pressure continues to mount to deliver quantum increases in bandwidth.  To that end, G.fast, with its promise of up to 1Gbps service to each household, could roll out in initial trials in as little as 12-18 months.  

G.fast, a concept proposed in 2012 and achieving consent by the ITU-T standard body in December 2013, represents the next performance node in the evolution of xDSL. G.fast is defined to support up to 1Gbps over short (i.e., less than 100 meter) copper loops, and is designed to address gigabit broadband connectivity on hybrid fiber-copper carrier networks.  Service deployments are targeted from fiber-fed equipment located at a distribution point, such as a telephone pole, a pedestal, or inside an MDU (Multi-Dwelling Unit), serving customers on drop wires that span a distance of up to 100 meters.

G.fast – in the same way as existing ADSL and VDSL – takes advantage of fiber already deployed to cabinets or other nodes.  The proliferation of G.fast will come as service providers push fiber closer to homes, where a single distribution point will serve, typically, from 8 to 16 homes.

Why the interest in G.fast?  Even with vectored VDSL2’s ability to deliver hundreds of Mbps for Fiber to the Node (FTTN) applications (150Mbps aggregate performance on a 500-meter loop length demonstrated in many carrier lab  trials worldwide by Ikanos, and 300Mbps for shorter loops), the explosion in the number of devices per home and new services and applications is expected to drive strong interest in accelerating FTTdp with G.fast to market.  And, for carriers, the need to spur adoption of G.fast by their subscribers will play a lead role, keeping them in lockstep with competing services over cable and FTTH in the race to 1Gbps residential broadband connectivity.
Fortunately, much of the work in preparing the G.fast standard has already been completed, and chip suppliers have the consent of the ITU-T to start the development of G.fast chips, with some already making public announcements about their upcoming products.  (For example, Ikanos in October 2013 announced an architecture and development platform for G.fast.)

The infrastructure for G.fast is a variant of the infrastructure for VDSL2.  The primary difference is in the length of the copper pair that enters the residence.  G.fast will require shorter copper loops than those used with VDSL2 in order to accommodate the desired gigabit performance.  That, in turn, means that service providers must drive fiber closer to homes. In addition, carriers will need to ensure that the fiber-to-G.fast media converters at each distribution point will be backward-compatible with VDSL2.  Why?  To enable customers not yet subscribing to G.fast service (when it becomes available) to continue to receive VDSL2 service through G.fast transceivers in the network. This is a critical requirement for carriers looking to offer new services to their existing subscriber base.  And it is a practical consideration, as not all subscribers will choose to upgrade to these new services at the same time.  Without this VDSL2 backward-compatibility feature (also known as VDSL2 fallback), this transition to new services may end up creating many problems for carriers, including additional CAPEX and service disruptions.

As the adoption of G.fast nears, customer pre-qualification and self-installation are needed to ensure a smooth, cost-effective migration to G.fast.  Existing customers may be able to leverage new ADSL2 or VDSL2 CPE (or a software upgrade to their existing CPE) with advanced diagnostics to pre-qualify the line for G.fast service. Those diagnostics would be used to qualify the copper pair, check for RF noise, and advise whether any line conditioning actions would be required when installing the G.fast DPU.  What’s more, carriers expect that G.fast deployments will take place with virtually “no touch” installation and provisioning, setting the stage for more rapid adoption of the technology.

With the G.fast standard expected to be fully ratified later this year, and while deployment costs are still a matter of conjecture, and will potentially vary by geography, carrier, and specific network topologies, expectations are that they will undercut the costs of FTTH significantly.  And, with the current uncertainties in service providers’ plans and timing for broad rollouts of FTTH, the future for G.fast looks bright.

About the Author
Kourosh Amiri has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has been responsible for the successful introduction of products targeting a range of applications in the networking, communications, and consumer segments. He joined Ikanos on February 2013 to lead the company’s global marketing and product strategy.Amiri was previously with Cavium, where he led marketing and business development for its emerging media processor group, and drove the strategy for turning Cavium into a leading supplier of wireless display media processors in multiple market segments, including smartphones and PC accessories. Prior to joining Cavium, Amiri held senior marketing and business development roles at Freescale and several venture-backed semiconductor start-ups, addressing a wide range of networking and media processing applications. Amiri has an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

About Ikanos

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company’s broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world’s leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.ikanos.com
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Ikanos Intros New High-Performance Gateway Processors

Ikanos Communications introduced a new line of Fusiv Vx500 processors for next-generation smart residential gateways.

Ikanos' Vx58x vectoring xDSL gateway processors deliver an aggregate (combined upstream and downstream) data rate of up to 400Mbps with VDSL2 bonding, while providing 11GHz of offload processing for cloud access, dual-band, dual-concurrent WiFi acceleration (AC1750), LAN management and QoS, and secure content processing and distribution.  Ikanos has also integrated its diagnostics and monitoring software suite, inSIGHT™ Broadband eXperience Manager (BXM), which helps carriers to address wiring impairments and noise interference.

The Vx57x multi-mode gateway processors combine the same high-performance Fusiv architecture with the flexibility to support fiber, LTE (up to Category 7), Ethernet, and hybrid fiber-copper access technologies, including G.fast.

Key features include:
  • Up to 1.2GHz dual-core CPU subsystem with SMP for carrier and OEM application customization
  • Fusiv acceleration processing subsystem with 11GHz of combined offload performance
  • Up to 400Mbps (aggregate upstream and downstream) bonded VDSL2 performance with vectoring support (Vx58x only)
  • 300MHz dedicated DSP for carrier-grade voice processing
  • Single-line and bonded DSL engine with inSIGHT acceleration (Vx58x only)
  • Dual-band, dual-concurrent (DBDC) WiFi acceleration (AC1750)
  • USB 3.0 offload for high-performance LTE support up to Category 7
  • NAS offload engine for local storage and cloud access

“Ikanos is committed to remaining one of the world’s top suppliers of high-performance gateway processors,” said Omid Tahernia, president and CEO of Ikanos.  “The Vx58x family extends our xDSL gateway performance leadership for access over the hybrid fiber-copper networks, enabling carriers to deliver multiple services with fiber-like performance over their existing copper infrastructure.  With the introduction of the Vx57x multi-mode gateway processor family, we are extending the benefits of our advanced Fusiv® acceleration processor architecture to non-DSL access networks. This enables equipment manufactures to build a common platform for addressing multiple service provider opportunities, whether the access is through FTTN with VDSL2, FTTdp with G.fast, FTTH, LTE, Ethernet, or cable.”

http://www.ikanos.com

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ikanos Unveils Neos Chipset Supporting G.fast

Ikanos Communications unveiled its next-generation DSL platform supporting the G.fast protocol for gigabit rates over standard copper lines.

The new Ikanos Neos architecture leverages the company’s ultra-low-power analog technology for improved power-per-port performance, gigabit data-rates, and high transmission reliability and line stability in high-data-rate vectored environments. The architecture is designed to support all the CPE and CO requirements in the G.fast specification, including line-power, VDSL2 fallback, and G.vector, configurable as single or multi-port.

Prototype availability is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.

"The introduction of our next-generation G.fast platform is a testament to Ikanos’ commitment to advancements in DSL technology and to our dedication to driving the industry forward while bringing innovative and differentiated products to our customers,” said Omid Tahernia, president and CEO at Ikanos. “To us G.fast is not simply the next step in the evolution of the DSL standard. G.fast enables the realization of a vision where hybrid fiber-copper networks turn the promise of gigabit broadband into reality for telcos, effectively eliminating the need for costly FTTH deployments. While Ikanos has been at the forefront of driving the G.fast standardization efforts and is a strong advocate of standards compliancy and interoperability, we have maintained our focus on innovation and believe our G.fast family of products will bring unique and differentiated power profiles and robust transmission features to our customers, putting Ikanos in a leading position as the industry adopts the new standard."

In addition,  Ikanos introduced a new member of its VDSL2 CO (Central Office) processor family, the single-port Velocity-Uni. When used in tandem with a Fusiv Vx185-based home gateway, the end-to-end solution is capable of delivering up to 300Mbps aggregate data rate in FTTdp applications, covering a distance of up to 200 meters.

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  • Earlier this year Ikanos demonstrated an aggregate data rate of 150Mbps at a distance of 500 meters in a 192-port DSLAM configuration.

  • The company has also demonstrated 300Mbps aggregate performance at 200 meters, ideal for short-loop FTTdp deployments.  


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ikanos Demos VDSL at 300 Mbps over 200m

Ikanos Communications has achieved an aggregate throughput of 300Mbps over a standard single-pair copper cable up to a distance of 200 meters (short-loop) using its existing VDSL chipsets.

Ikanos described the short-loop demonstration as a significant step towards G.Fast.

The demonstration follows recent, multiple top-tier OEM and carrier lab trials in which the company’s Velocity-3 central-office (CO) chipset was been given high marks for achieving 150Mbps aggregate throughput (110Mbps downstream and 40Mbps upstream) at a distance of 500 meters in a 192-port reference DSLAM system.

“Ikanos has a history of challenging the industry by pushing the performance envelope and continuing to raise the bar on our competition,” said Kourosh Amiri, vice president of marketing at Ikanos. “With Velocity-3, in a matter of a few months, we have received widespread recognition of our industry leadership in performance and scalability for high-port-count deployments of 192 lines (scalable up to 384), at distances reaching 500 meters and beyond.  While the G.Fast promise of gigabit performance is still on the horizon, our ability to demonstrate hundreds of megabits for lower-port-count short-loop configurations using our currently shipping CPE and CO silicon establishes Ikanos as the leader in the ‘pre-G.Fast’ era, as we enable telcos to remain competitive against mounting pressure from MSOs and continue to enhance the consumer DSL broadband experience.”

http://www.ikanos.com

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ikanos Enhances its Home Gateway Processor with Diagnostics/Monitoring

Ikanos Communications is enhancing its family of Fusiv Vx185 A/VDSL2 communications processors with in-home broadband diagnostic and monitoring capabilities that enable DSL operators to proacti
vely identify the cause of common wiring faults and noise interference problems.

Ikanos' inSIGHT BXM software suite leverages the advanced diagnostic features of the chipset, along with Ikanos’ patent-pending algorithms, to identify and resolve service issues such as wiring problems, cuts and noise on the line near or inside the home.

The Ikanos inSIGHT BXM includes the following capabilities:
  • Determines the loop topology without the need to rely on detailed loop records that are often unreliable and out of date.
  • Detects common service-impacting wiring issues, including bridge tap impairments, improperly connected microfilters, wire cuts, corroded wiring, and non-standard cables.
  • Provides the unique ability to identify common sources of in-home noise interference and determine their impact on the customer experience.
  • Enables both the consumer and carrier personnel to resolve service-affecting issues through an intuitive user interface, enabling problems to be resolved locally while minimizing the need for service calls and truck rolls. 

The solution can be deployed as a standalone solution embedded in the company’s family of Fusiv Vx185 A/VDSL2 communications processors.

Ikanos’ inSIGHT BXM is currently available for lab trials.  General availability is scheduled for early 2014.

http://www.ikanos.com

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ikanos Intros Home Gateway Processor Supporting VDLS2 & Vectoring

Ikanos Communications introduced its Fusiv Vx185-HP communications processor chipset for home gateways supporting triple play services in VDSL2 networks.

The new chipset delivers bonded VDSL2 rates up to 200Mbps downstream and 100Mbps upstream along with Ikanos' standards-compliant Nodescale Vectoring.  The Fusiv Vx185-HP chipset uniquely incorporates a dedicated voice DSP for carrier grade voice and a serial ATA (SATA) controller for advanced storage applications, as well as supporting upcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Some highlights of the Vx185-HP:

  • A distributed processing architecture with 5.2GHz of overall processing power and wire-speed bi-directional gigabit packet processing
  • Multiple advanced interfaces supporting home networking technologies such as MoCA™, HomePNA, HomePlug, LTE, and small cell applications
  • A dedicated DSP engine for delivery of full-chain, deployment-proven VoIP
  • Multi-mode DSL (ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, and VDSL2)
  • Hardware Security Protocol Accelerator for processing encryption algorithms such as DES, 3DES, and AES support up to 256-bit.
  • Flexible NAS options using USB or SATA
  • Carrier-class quality of service (QoS)
  • The Vx185-HP also compliments Ikanos’ central office products by implementing Ikanos Quality Video (iQV).

In addition, the new processors offers pin-to-pin compatibility with Ikanos’ existing Vx185-platform chips, together with re-use of existing Linux software and VDSL2 firmware.

http://www.ikanos.com


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ikanos Announces its Velocity-3 Vectored VDSL Chipset


Ikanos announced its Velocity-3 Vectored VDSL chipset and software solution.

The company's "NodeScale" Vectoring technology identifies and cancels VDSL crosstalk on up to 384 copper lines in a bundle.  The technology eliminates crosstalk from all lines in the vectored group, independent of binder, cable or chassis, increasing rate, reach, robustness and reliability.

“With Velocity-3, we are delivering the broadband 'holy grail':  fiber speeds for a fraction of the cost of deploying fiber to individual homes,” according to Omid Tahernia, chief executive officer at Ikanos.  “Carriers benefit by super-charging their existing one billion copper line infrastructure, while satisfying consumers’ needs for ever-increasing bandwidth applications.”

http://www.nodescale.com


Monday, December 26, 2011

Cavium Trims Guidance

On December 27, Cavium cut its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011. The company currently expects that revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 will be between $56 million and $57 million.


The company noted that revenues have been weaker than expected across both the enterprise and service provider as well as the broadband and consumer market segments, and further exasperated by a larger than expected impact of a hub transition at one of its major customers. http://www.cavium.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cavium Sets Performance Benchmark with OCTEON

Cavium announced a performance benchmark for its flagship 32 Core OCTEON II MIPS64 CN6880 processor -- a score of over 150,000 on the industry standard Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) benchmark in a single chip.


The CoreMark benchmark isolates the CPU's core performance from memory and I/O effects and is able to measure meaningful information about a processor's core performance and includes tests of basic pipeline structure, read/write operations, integer operations, control operations including multiply-accumulate (MAC) and single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) instructions, list processing, string search, matrix array multiplication and state-machine processing. Tests are based on information not available at compile time and provides for a more realistic real-world performance metric for embedded processors than some older benchmarks.


Cavium said its record CoreMark Score of 153,477 is unmatched by any other general purpose communication processor chip with an integrated high performance I/O subsystem capable of delivering over 40 Gbps feature-rich, networking application throughput. http://www.cavium.com

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Radisys Teams with Cavium on Ultra-High Capacity DPI

Radisys introduced an AdvancedTCA product based on the new Cavium NEURON Search Processor.


The new solution is based of the Radisys ATCA-7240, a versatile full-duplex 40G packet processing module that provides a complete line-rate solution for applications such as Serving Gateways (SGW), Session Border Control (SBC), Security Gateways, DPI, Edge Routers, Media Gateways and Mobility Management Entity (MME) network elements found in the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The ATCA-7240 provides the ability to offload L2-L4 Access Control List (ACL) and Longest Prefix Match (LPM) lookups in a deterministic fashion from the data processing blocks thereby accelerating complex search requirements and making the ATCA-7240 an ideal fit for high-speed networking applications such as packet classification, access list control and intrusion detection.


"As telecom equipment providers develop high-performance applications for LTE networks, they need state-of-the-art, industry standard building blocks that help them get to market faster," said Venkataraman Prasannan, General Manager, ATCA at Radisys. "Utilizing the breakthrough DPI silicon technology from Cavium, the Radisys ATCA-7240 will provide the industry's highest performance, most cost effective packet processing and network search capabilities." http://www.radisys.com
http://www.cavium.com


Cavium Ships 64-core NITROX III Security Processor

Cavium has begun shipping its new NITROX III security processors, which integrate 16 to 64 purpose-built security RISC cores and multiple compression engines to deliver up to 200K SSL ops, 40Gbps SSL and IPSec and 20Gbps compression processing along with virtualization hardware with a PCI-Express Gen 2 16-lane interface.

Cavium calculates that the level of performance in these new processors is up to 5 times greater than alternative multi-chip solutions within the same power envelope.

http://www.cavium.com


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cool Demo: Cavium's Small Cell Base Station


Cavium's recently introduced small cell “Base Station on a chip�? is being used to deliver eight simultaneous connections, including streaming of five HD videos, at the maximum possible data throughput.
This demonstration platform, which was shown at the 4G World show last week in Chicago, consists of a commercially available 4G/LTE client, an OCTEON Fusion Technology based eNodeB base station, Cavium's FusionStack eNodeB software, and a commercial 4G/LTE EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution.
The demo shows how an LTE base station can be shrunk to the size of an iPad. http://www.cavium.com

  • In October, Cavium introduced its small cell "Base Station-on-a-chip" family for LTE and 3G networks.

    The new OCTEON Fusion series, which builds on the company's established L2-L7 presence in existing wireless infrastructure, combines Octeon's MIPS64 based multi-core architecture with purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip. This enables very small footprint designs, including picocell and micro base stations, with a minimal bill-of-materials (BOM) and power envelopes.


    Significantly, the new OCTEON Fusion can be used for small cell LTE base stations scaling from 32 users to 300+ users and up to dual 20MHz carriers, making it a more powerful small cell base station solution than its competitors.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cavium's OCTEON Fusion Puts Small Cell Base Station on a Chip

Cavium introduced its small cell "Base Station-on-a-chip" family for LTE and 3G networks.


The new OCTEON Fusion series, which builds on the company's established L2-L7 presence in existing wireless infrastructure, combines Octeon's MIPS64 based multi-core architecture with purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip. This enables very small footprint designs, including picocell and micro base stations, with a minimal bill-of-materials (BOM) and power envelopes.


Significantly, the new OCTEON Fusion can be used for small cell LTE base stations scaling from 32 users to 300+ users and up to dual 20MHz carriers, making it a more powerful small cell base station solution than its competitors.


Cavium currently supplies its Octeon processors for 3G/4G platforms used by 8 out of the top ten telecom equipment manufacturers (TEM). The new OCTEON Fusion uses the same FusionStack L1-L3 software used in these systems. OCTEON Fusion and FusionStack Software have been developed in close partnership with a Tier-1 TEM and have been designed into their next gen LTE small cell base stations. PHY (L1) layer software includes complete user-plane and control plane components for FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE and 3G, along with protocol processing libraries that take advantage of the in-built hardware acceleration.


The OCTEON Fusion packs from two to six 64 bit cnMIPS cores operating at up to 2GHz with up to two to eight highly optimized baseband DSPs operating up to 1GHz and several carefully designed hardware accelerator blocks for security, packet processing and scheduling. Octeon uses a proprietary high-speed interconnect between cores, accelerators and memory for ultra low latency. Cavium also supports full C-programmability, Authentik secure boot functionality to eliminate the possibility of cloned or grey market base stations, and the ability to use portions of the LTE spectrum for the base stations own wireless backhaul.


Sampling is expected in Q1 2012. http://www.cavium.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ikanos and SoftAtHome Announce Collaboration

SoftAtHome and Ikanos Communications are collaborating to bring a next-generation gateway platform to market. The companies said their partnership combines the latest capabilities of the SoftAtHome Operating Platform and Ikanos recently announced Fusiv Vx185/175 communications processors to create a solution ideally suited for the performance and quality of service demands of next-generation home media gateways in a multiscreen environment.


The combined solution takes unique advantage of the SoftAtHome Operation Platform's streaming media management and graphical user interface and Ikanos' broadband-optimized communications processor architecture. Together, the solution will deliver very high bandwidth capabilities and versatility for any network architecture including Fiber to the Node and Fiber to the Home deployments with bandwidth requirements of 100Mbps and beyond for visualizing multiple high-definition streams on multiple screens in the home. http://www.ikanos.com

  • Earlier this month, Ikanos Communications introduced two dual-core communications processors – the Fusiv Vx175 and Fusiv Vx173 -- designed for a wide range of devices including femtocell gateways, smart energy gateways, mobile broadband routers, optical networking terminals, network attached storage and other next generation services gateways. The new devices add to the company's Fusiv portfolio and extend the range of access types supported to PON, LTE and other broadband technologies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ikanos and ASSIA Partner on G.Vector Ecosystem

Ikanos Communications is working with ASSIA to simplify the deployment of G.Vector broadband networks capable of 100 Mbps performance over traditional copper telephone lines. The partners are creating an ecosystem for service providers around the world that enables new bandwidth-intensive services and streamlines “time to revenue�? on vectored networks. A demonstration of the combination of Ikanos' NodeScale™ Vectoring and ASSIA's DSL Expresse software tools will be held at next week's Broadband World Forum in Paris.


ASSIA DSL Expresse can be accessed by technicians via an iPhone application to offer line performance information, trouble-shooting tools, and diagnostic details for helping technicians respond quickly and effectively to field problems. http://www.ikanos.com http://www.assia-inc.com

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ikanos Debuts Dual-Core Processors for Next Gen Services Gateways

Ikanos Communications introduced two dual-core communications processors – the Fusiv Vx175 and Fusiv Vx173 -- designed for a wide range of devices including femtocell gateways, smart energy gateways, mobile broadband routers, optical networking terminals, network attached storage and other next generation services gateways. The new devices add to the company's Fusiv portfolio and extend the range of access types supported to PON, LTE and other broadband technologies.


Key features of the Vx175/173 processors include:




  • Advanced Dual-Core Processor Architecture – The Vx175/173 communications processors have two MIPS cores. In the Vx175, cores provide up to 600MHz processing power. The Vx173 cores run at 400MHz.


  • Dedicated Voice Processing Engine – An integrated DSP engine delivers full-chain deployment proven VoIP, capable of handling four voice channels simultaneously.


  • Programmable Hardware Accelerators – In addition to the dual core MIPs processors, the Vx175/173 also includes programmable hardware accelerator processors to provide flexibility, improved performance and quality of service. These enable bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming a small fraction of the Fusiv's processing power.


  • Multiple Interfaces for LAN/WAN Integration – The Vx175/173 includes a number of built-in interfaces – including up to three Gigabit MACs, two PCIe and two USB 2.0 hosts.


  • Security (IPsec) Performance – The Vx175 has a built-in hardware encryption engine to protect traffic over the Web without a performance penalty.
    Integrated SATA Interface – The Vx175 has a built-in SATA interface for direct network attached storage (NAS) for the warehousing of local content. This content can be shared directly from the gateway throughout the home or passed via a secure connection to outside backup services or other cloud-based applications.

  • Dynamic Power Management – The new chipsets support European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) energy efficiency requirements.
http://www.ikanos.com

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cavium Ships 10-Core OCTEON II Processors

Cavium has begun the first shipments of its 10-core OCTEON II CN66XX processors to multiple OEM customers. The Cavium OCTEON II CN66XX integrates up to 10 MIPS64 cores and hardware acceleration for networking, mobile infrastructure, control-plane and data-center applications.

"With the CN66XX, we now offer 2.5x the number of full 64-bit CPU cores and 2x the GHz versus alternatives within an extremely compact and power-efficient form-factor," said YJ Kim, General Manager of Cavium's Infrastructure Processor Group.

Cavium said its CN66XX processors have already been selected by 3 tier-1 mobile infrastructure equipment providers. http://www.cavium.com

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