Showing posts with label Ikanos. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ikanos Appoints Banatao as CEO, Reconfirms Q2 Guidance

John Quigley has resigned as president and CEO of Ikanos and as a member of its board of directors. The company named Diosdado Banatao, the executive chairman of Ikanos, as interim president and CEO effective immediately. A permanent CEO is being sought.

Banatao has been the Company's chairman of the board since August 2009 and executive chairman of the board since April 2010 and previously served as the Company's interim president and chief executive officer from April 2010 to July 2010. Banatao has served as a founder and managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a venture capital firm, since July 2000.

In addition, the company confirmed its revenue and earnings outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company expects its revenues for the second quarter to be between $31.0 million and $34.0 million.

Samsung Picks Cavium's OCTEON Processors

Samsung Electronics will use Cavium Networks' latest OCTEON processors for 3G/4G systems.

Applications for the OCTEON Processors include 4G Base stations and Packet Core environments, which require unprecedented levels of scalability, performance, security and deep packet inspection. Cavium's line of OCTEON Processors from 1 to 32 cores with integrated advanced 3G/4G hardware accelerators are optimized for cost, performance and power for these demanding 4G requirements.

"The demand for secure and intelligent mobile data is growing at a record pace, and the telecom industry is looking for a simple and cost-effective way for the evolution from 3G/WiMAX to LTE/WiMAX 2," said YJ Kim, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium Networks. "We are delighted to have Samsung as a customer and enable compelling functionality and performance in their 3G/4G systems."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cavium Boosts Per-Core Frequency of OCTEON Processor

Cavium Networks has boosted its OCTEON II CN63XX 2 to 6-core MIPS64 processors with up to 10.8GHz of 64 bit processing with each CPU core running at up to 1.8GHz to customers worldwide.

This new 1.8GHz operating frequency more than doubles the CPU core frequency available relative to the previous generation of OCTEON Plus processors.

The higher per-core frequency allows Cavium to address new markets including higher-end control plane, and integrated control and data plane applications that require high single-threaded software performance.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ikanos Fusiv Processors Leverage G.Vector for 100 Mbps

Ikanos Communications introduced its Fusiv Vx185 and Vx183 communications processors supporting the ITU G.Vector standard and bonding for increased rate and reach. The new chipsets, which are aimed at advanced services gateways and integrated access devices, also feature ultra-low power for meeting the requirements of European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative.

The new Fusiv family offers full ADSL and VDSL2 support, including for all VDSL2 profiles and band plans for Asia, Europe, and North America. The chipsets exceed Broadband Forum performance requirements (TR-67, TR-100, and WT- 114) and support for all wired or wireless networking technologies including Wi-Fi (single or dual-band concurrent modes), HomePNA, HomePlug, Multi-media Over Coax, and ITU

Some of the key capabilities include:

G.Vector Compliance: By employing industry-standard G.Vector (ITU-T G.993.5), Ikanos' Fusiv products are designed to enable 100 Mbps service over traditional copper lines. The new devices add to Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring architecture, which spans the central office, remote cabinets in fiber to the node (FTTN) networks, and now the customer premises.

Bonding: The Fusiv Vx185 integrates cost-effective support for bonding (ITU-T G.998.1 andG.998.2) by natively interfacing directly to two integrated analog front-end devices. This built-in support is designed to allow service providers to extend the reach of their advanced broadband services by coupling two pair of copper wires together. Bonding can also be used to increase the data rate over shorter distances. Together, bonding and vectoring can be combined to push aggregate data rates up to 300Mbps.

Green / Ultra-Low Power: With the Vx185/183, Ikanos introduces key advancements in dynamic power management.

Gigabit Line Rate Performance: Ikanos' accelerator processor architecture enables reliable Quality of Service (QoS) and optimal packet processing performance. This 4th generation of accelerator processor implementation comes with advancements in packet handling which raises the performance bar for this class of service gateway. The new accelerator processor implementation enables bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming less than 5% of the host application processor.

"Ikanos is focused on delivering next-generation products that provide very high performance coupled with extreme energy efficiency. That's what we built into our latest Fusiv Vx183 and Vx185 – gigahertz of processing horsepower and dynamic power management for operation that beats European Code of Conduct requirements. Add to that support for vectoring and bonding, and we have an innovative product that delivers the power-performance and differentiating value required by service providers around the world," stated John Quigley, president and CEO, of Ikanos.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Netronome Forms Partnerships with McAfee, VSS, Qosmos

Netronome has completed compatibility testing in the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) program to become a Technology Partner. Under the McAfee SIA program, Netronome SSL Inspector appliances have demonstrated interoperability with McAfee Network Security Platform devices. The Netronome SSL Inspector appliances provide line-rate decryption of encrypted traffic, and the joint solution with McAfee leverages this capability to detect and protect against threats hidden within encrypted traffic.

In addition, Netronome is partnering with VSS Monitoring to provide interoperable solutions for the real-time examination of traffic encrypted with SSL.. Network administrators will be able to use their existing analytical tools to inspect SSL packets in real time at 10 Gbps throughout large distributed enterprise and carrier-class networks. The solutions are built around VSS Distributed Traffic Capture Systems that provide real-time access for the high-performance Netronome SSL Inspector appliance.

Netronome has also formed a partnership with Qosmos, which specializes in Network Intelligence (NI) technology. The joint solution can scale deep packet inspection (DPI) from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps while simultaneously offering a rich detection set for thousands of applications and protocols. The integrated solution is designed for manufacturers of security applications.

Netronome Boosts its Network Flow Processor with 40G, 10G Copper Interfaces

Netronome has added 10GBASE-T and 40GBASE-SR4 Ethernet interfaces for use with its family of PCIe network acceleration cards and production-ready network processing platforms.

Netronome supplies Network Flow Processors that are designed for tight coupling with embedded multicore Intel and x86 processors. This accelerates network, security and content processing platforms used in 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps networks. It is the only line of processors backward compatible with the market‐leading Intel IXP28XX. Netronome's heterogeneous multicore processing architecture provides independent layers of workload-optimized packet, flow, security and application processing to dramatically increase network performance. Simultaneously, it frees IA/x86 resources to provide more application and control plane processing. Because the platform is based on standard Intel-based CPUs, developers of Linux-based network and security applications can significantly reduce development time and costs.

Netronome's new 10GBASE-T and 40GBASE-SR4 interface modules include fully integrated network bypass support, reducing the need for costly external hardware.

Netronome's NFP-3240 network flow processors can be used in the 1U and 2U platforms that offer up to 200 Gbps of L2-L7 network and security application performance with sub-50 microsecond latency for security applications.

"Netronome pioneered flow processing and is committed to providing our customers the silicon, hardware, software and building blocks to securely process flows at the speeds required for next generation platforms," said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Netronome. "The new accelerated 40 Gbps and copper 10 Gbps interfaces will allow our customers to continue to meet their design goals at a fraction of the time and cost of alternative solutions."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Netronome's SSL-Inspector Opens the Blind Spot of Encrypted Web Traffic

Netronome reports increased traction for its line of SSL Inspector appliances, which leverage the power of its network flow processors to decrypt SSL traffic traversing a corporate network perimeter.
The platform addresses the blind spot of SSL-encrypted email (such as Gmail), SaaS, social media and other peer-to-peer applications that default to SSL encryption. These encrypted sessions bypass the security coverage provided by the vast majority of intrusion detection systems, firewalls, data loss prevention systems and other cyber security applications. Netronome SSL Inspector appliances solve this problem by actively searching for SSL traffic, guaranteeing that all encrypted communications are detected and optionally inspected while maintaining up to 10 Gbps of network throughput.

The company is adding three new models to this product line, including fixed-configuration 1U appliances as well as modular 1U and 2U platforms. The resulting unmatched price, performance and interface options make SSL inspection a viable option in every unprotected network location.

The expanded product line of SSL Inspector appliances feature:

  • Interface flexibility: The platforms offer the highest number of 10/100, 1 GigE, and 10 GigE interfaces available in 1U and 2U systems.

  • Multi-segment support: Each platform supports multiple network segments, providing SSL inspection for the largest number of networks available in a 1U or 2U platform.

  • Unmatched price and performance options: The product line includes fixed configuration 1U appliances and modular 1U and 2U platforms that create the ideal combination of price, performance and port counts, enabling deployment in every network location from the branch office, enterprise WAN, data center and backbone.

  • Powerful hardware acceleration: The SSL Inspector appliances are powered by Netronome NFP-3240 network flow processors. The hardware acceleration and bulk cryptography engines provide stateful and context-aware inspection of all communications at line-rate with sub-50uS latency.

The SSL Encrypted Traffic
Threat: Common Apps Pose Danger

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cavium, Kontron and Tata Elxsi Demo LTE eNode B

Cavium Networks Kontron and Tata Elxsi will showcase an LTE eNodeB solution at next week's Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona based on Cavium OCTEON II multi-core processor as part of Kontron's open standard hardware running Tata Elxsi's LTE eNodeB L2/L3 software stack. The joint solution offers 3GPP Release 8 compliant LTE Layer 2 and Layer 3 processing that is capable of delivering up to 450 Mbps of aggregate throughput from a single AdvancedMC module featuring the OCTEON II CN6335 cnMIPS64 6-core processor.

The Cavium OCTEON II CN63XX processor family provides up to 9GHz of compute with a large 2MB L2 cache, DDR3 memory controller, security acceleration for SNOW 3G and KASUMI, TCP/IP, DPI, QoS and packet processing acceleration. Maximum power ranges from 7 to 17 watts from low-end to high-end. The OCTEON II processors have been designed into a range of tier-1 OEM systems ranging from eNodeB to packet-core platforms and services rich wireless infrastructure gateways.

The Kontron AM4211 ATCA Mezzanine Card (AMC) module can be configured with ATCA node blades and MicroTCA platforms (Picostation, Microstation to Macrostation). It is designed to support 1x 10GbE to the front and software configurable interfaces to the Fabric with either 2x PCIe x4 or SRIO which expands its application usage when configuring systems in combination with standards based third-party Digital Signal Processing (DSP) AMCs.

For control plane functions the Kontron AM4211 provides GbE on Ports 0 and 1 connected to the CN6335 processor and is fully software compatible with previous generation Kontron AMC packet processing modules, AM4204, AM4210 and AM4220, all based on OCTEON Plus processors from Cavium Networks. It is configurable with the Kontron MicroTCA 1U carrier-grade platform OM6061.

Tata Elxsi has architected its LTE eNodeB L2/L3 protocol stack to leverage the advanced hardware acceleration capabilities available in Cavium's OCTEON II multi-core processors, thereby delivering market-leading performance and scalability. The Tata Elxsi L2/L3 protocol stack also exploits the ability of the Cavium OCTEON II to support multiple virtual operating systems including Linux and Simple Executive to accelerate data plane performance.

Netronome Appoints New CEO and CFO

Netronome, which specializes in network flow processors, named Howard Bubb as its new president and CEO and Perry Grace as CFO. Bubb most recently served as chairman and chief executive officer of fabless semiconductor company Ambric until its acquisition by Nethra in 2009. Previously, he held executive management positions at Intel including corporate officer and vice president of Intel's $1.7B Communications Infrastructure Group (CIG) which led the industry in network processors, embedded application processors, 10G optical modules and modular communications platforms. Bubb joined Intel through its acquisition of Dialogic, where he was CEO. Bubb replaces Netronome founder and CEO, Niel Viljoen, who has been responsible for the company's technology vision, and who will now become chief development officer.

Perry Grace joins Netronome from Zilog, Inc., a microcontroller company, where he served as the company's chief financial officer and executive vice president since 2001. During his time at Zilog, Grace led the company to a successful IPO in 2004 and was responsible for leading the finance, IT, legal, facilities and human resources functions. Prior to Zilog, Grace spent 12 years at National Semiconductor Corporation.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cavium Offers "TurboDPI" Deep Packet Inspection Software

Cavium Networks introduced its "TurboDPI" off-the-shelf, multi-function security software optimized for its OCTEON II processors, enabling network equipment manufacturers to more easily integrate DPI features such as protocol analysis, application recognition, intrusion prevention, anti-malware protection, URL Filtering, unified threat management, antivirus gateways, subscriber charging, application aware QOS and service level agreements, usage monitoring and preventing denial of service.

Cavium said its TurboDPI software can be utilized inline or out of band to detect hundreds of protocols including Internet (HTTP, FTP etc), Email (IMAP, POP3, SMTP etc.), Web 2.0 (Facebook, Myspace, etc), Multimedia (Flash, Quicktime, YouTube, etc), Peer to Peer (Bittorrent, eDonkey, etc) and Voice and Messaging (Skype, GoogleTalk, Yahoo, etc). The software is highly customizable using a number of configurable detection engines for signature, heuristics and ports and also supports flow based detection. It is also extensible via customer plug-ins during design stage or in the field.

"As well as providing architectural, development and performance services, we now offer a complete ready to go DPI solution, not just APIs and toolkits, that can analyze the data stream to help identify protocols and applications, inappropriate URLs, intrusion attempts or malware, all in a single pass thru the data," said Safa Alkateb, general manager, Cavium Solutions and Services, "TurboDPI utilizes our advanced deep packet inspection acceleration hardware that is built into every one of our OCTEON II processors to enable our customers to quickly and seamlessly add DPI to their equipment for the first time or turbocharge their existing DPI designs."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Entropic and Cavium Team on MOCA 2.0

Entropic Communications and Cavium Networks announced an Ethernet to Coax Bridge (ECB) reference design that utilizes the latest MoCA 2.0 solution from Entropic Communications and Cavium's ECONA CNS3xxx energy efficient ARM based network processor.

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution consists of a 40nm baseband MAC/PHY SoC along with an RF transceiver plus analog front-end IC that provides 400 Mbps of aggregate net MAC throughput over 16 nodes and 500 Mbps of net MAC throughput for two node Turbo mode — with full backward interoperability to MoCA 1.1 devices. Cavium's ECONA CNS3xxx family of ARM-based, energy efficient processors offer multi-core processors, a rich set of integrated hardware accelerators and a range of I/Os for glueless voice, video and data connectivity. Sophisticated power management techniques enable super low-power operation, starting at less than 1 watt.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cavium and ARM to Develop Next Gen Multi-Core SoCs

Cavium Networks' next-generation chips will be powered by ARM's Cortex-A family of processor cores.

Cavium's ECONA processor family has been based on ARM processor technology since its inception, first utilizing the ARM9 and then progressing to the ARM11 as market requirements have evolved. The companies said the transition to ARM's Cortex-A series will maintain and further develop Cavium ECONA processors' power/performance profile. The ARM processors are capable of gigahertz-class performance, while demonstrating low-power leadership. The ECONA family is targeted for applications that includes FTTH home gateway, network attached storage, small and medium business routers, service provider networking, enterprise wireless access points, multi-media tablets, and multi-function printers.

"Multi-core Cortex-A series processors will provide customers with a dramatic increase in performance over SMB networking solutions available today," explained Ian Drew, Chief Marketing Officer at ARM. "ARM pioneered licensable multi-core processor IP in 2005 with the ARM11 Core, and Cavium Networks' adoption of the Cortex-A series further is a strong indication of the success of the scalable, multi-core ARM architecture in the networking space."

Also based on ARM technology is Cavium Networks' family of PureVu video processors, which provide a full HD (1080p60) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for interactive and recording video applications.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cavium's WiVu Target Wireless Video Display

Cavium Networks unveiled its "WiVu" wireless video display solution
that combines its "PureVu" high performance video processors with wireless capabilities. The solution is designed to enable multi-room and interactive content distribution and access via any network at home, both wired and wireless, on a wide range of CE devices.

Cavium's PureVu video processors, which are optimized for low latency compression and robust, high fidelity media transmission, can now leverage 802.11 Wi-Fi.

"Cavium's WiVu leverages the latest notebook technologies such as embedded DisplayPort and Display Mini-Card (DMC) to provide a compelling high performance Wi-Fi based wireless display solution for multi-room and interactive applications", said Bruce Montag, Chairman of the Video Electronics Standards Association and Distinguished Engineer at Dell, Inc.

Key components of WiVu include support for widely deployed technologies, such as H.264, Wi-Fi, HDCP 2.0 and IP transport, along with high-performance video 2D and 3D video processor technology. WiVu also features back-channel over Wi-Fi to provide support for IR bridging, keyboard & mouse, touch-panels, and gaming controllers.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cavium to Acquire MontaVista Software for Embedded Linux

Cavium Networks agreed to acquire MontaVista Software for $50 million, comprised of $16 million in cash and $34 million in Cavium Networks common stock.

MontaVista Software supplies multi-core embedded Linux operating systems, virtualization, development tools and professional services to a broad array of Tier-1 customers. The company's Carrier Grade Linux is embedded in telecom gear from companies that include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia-Siemens, NTT, Motorola, Samsung and others. MontaVista's embedded Linux market segment also includes Tier-1 CE manufactures such as Sony, Samsung and Philips; MID and Mobile vendors such as NEC and Garmin; Industrial Automation vendors such as HP, Kyocera-Mita and Fuji Xerox and leading Automotive infotainment suppliers.

"Software is becoming an increasingly important part of the total solution with the rapidly increasing adoption of multi-core processors.", said Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium Networks. "This acquisition will complement Cavium's market leading processor portfolio with world-class software expertise and will enable us to deliver highly compelling and differentiated solutions to the market."

After the acquisition, MontaVista Software will run as a separate operating unit and will retain the MontaVista brand name. In addition, Cavium Networks will continue the MontaVista business model and support embedded Linux on multiple architectures from multiple processor vendors. MontaVista will maintain its own dedicated and focused engineering, sales and product management staff. The deal is expected to close in December 2009. Cavium expects the deal will be gross margin and non-GAAP earnings accretive in 2010 and beyond.
  • In June 2009, Intel agreed to acquire Wind River Systems, a leading supplier of software for embedded processors, for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate. Wind River's main products include its VxWorks, a proprietary and multicore-ready real-time operating system, and commercial-grade Linux software platforms. The company also provides design services and software expertise, including custom-built solutions, development tools and device testing products.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

ASSIA Secures $10 Million for Dynamic Spectrum Management

ASSIA, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, has secured $10 million in strategic investment financing to support its work with Dynamic Spectrum Management software tools for DSL. ASSIA, which said it has more than 23 million lines under management with top tier service providers in North America and Europe, pioneered the application of DSM technologies to manage DSL networks.

New investors Mingly China Growth Fund and SFR Development joined previous investors Swisscom Ventures, Stanford University, and T-Venture in raising this round.
  • ASSIA stands for Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Incorporated.

  • ASSIA is headed by Dr. John Cioffi, a veteran of the DSL industry, having served as founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Amati prior to its acquisition by TI in 1997. Dr. Cioffi also held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985-2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with small research efforts there in broadband access.

  • In September, Ikanos Communications and ASSIA Inc., which specializes in Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of vectored DSL technology. Under the agreement, Ikanos receives a license to ASSIA's essential DSM patents and certain technology for the development of vectored DSL products -- also known as DSM Level 3 -- capable of delivering speeds of 100 Mbps and greater over existing copper loops. In addition, the two companies will co-market each others' products to the network equipment and service provider industries.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ikanos' Q3 Revenue Grows to $29 Million

Ikanos Communications reported Q3 2009 revenue of $29.3 million, compared with revenue of $22.4 million for the second quarter of 2009 and revenue of $24.2 million for the year ago period. GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2009 was $15.5 million, or $0.40 per share, on 38.8 million weighted average shares. This compares with a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.22 per share, on 29.4 million weighted average shares in the second quarter of 2009 and with a net loss of $26.7 million, or $0.93 per share, on 28.6 million weighted average shares in the third quarter of 2008.

Revenue is expected to be between $55.0 million and $58.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

During the third quarter, we successfully completed a number of strategic initiatives including the Conexant Broadband Access acquisition, a strategic alliance with ASSIA Inc., and the introduction of Ikanos Velocity, the industry's lowest power high-performance A/VDSL central office chipset," said Michael Gulett, president and CEO at Ikanos. "These accomplishments strengthen our ability to compete in our core broadband DSL market. In addition, we are pleased with the growth in our communications processor business which accounted for approximately 25 percent of revenue in the most recent quarter."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Aricent and Cavium Team on LTE Evolved Packet Core

Aricent announced a Long Term Evolution (LTE) Evolved Packet Core (EPC) development collaboration with Cavium Networks. The companies will offer pre-optimized, performance-enhanced and highly-scalable EPC Serving Gateway (SGW), PDN Gateway (PGW) and Mobility Management Entity (MME) ready-to-use software frameworks for Cavium's OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 processor family. This joint effort creates significant technology synergies, offering LTE equipment manufacturers a high-performance, high-capacity solution for their EPC platforms, while simultaneously reducing time to market, risk and cost.

Aricent's LTE EPC software framework is based upon the company's widely deployed DIAMETER and GTP product stacks. The frameworks are complete, pre-integrated control plane software modules suitable for LTE Macro/Micro EPC nodes, supporting essential SGW, PGW and MME capabilities. Aricent's frameworks integrate the complete control plane (signaling) functionality of the EPC node into a seamless package, accelerating and simplifying development of highly scalable, carrier-class EPC solutions.

Aricent's LTE EPC framework will be available and pre-optimized on the current Cavium OCTEON Plus Processor family and the upcoming OCTEON II Processor family.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ikanos and DSP Group Demo Multi-Service Residential Gateway with DECT

Ikanos Communications and DSP Group are jointly demonstrating a reference design for a multi-service residential gateway with fully integrated Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) capabilities. The design integrates a DECT/CAT-iq Module from DSP Group with Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 integrated gateway processor. The Fusiv Vx180 device combines Ikanos' VDSL2 customer premises equipment (CPE) PHY and its widely deployed Fusiv network processor architecture into a power and space optimized chipset that supports all key types of DSL technology, including ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL2. The Fusiv Vx180 also combines accelerator processor (AP) engines for data path functions with a MIPS-based CPU core, resulting in the preservation of host CPU processing power for enabling value-added applications. DSP Group's DECT/CAT-iq Module enables superior voice coverage and wideband audio (HD voice).

Ikanos Debuts Latest 100/100 Mbps VDSL2 Access Chipsets

Ikanos Communications introduced its "Velocity" family of low-power, central office VDSL access chipsets for providing up to 100 Mbps symmetric bandwidth while operating at sub 1 Watt (W) per port -- the lowest power consumption of any A/VDSL device on the market.

Ikanos said its symmetrical 100/100 Mbps and asymmetrical 100/50 Mbps Velocity chipsets each provide dramatically improved long-range performance surpassing all loop conditions specified in the Broadband Forum's WT-114 VDSL2 Performance Test Plan. In addition, Ikanos' Velocity chipsets are fully compliant with the WT-115 VDSL2 Functionality Test Plan, while operating in any of the VDSL2 spectral profiles (8, 12, 17 and 30 MHz).

Significantly, the Ikanos Velocity chipsets are the first CO A/VDSL semiconductor devices compliant with European Code of Conduct (CoC) power consumption standards. The company estimates over 30 percent power savings compared to the next best A/VDSL chipset offering.

The Velocity chips also feature Ikanos' iQV -- a combination of ITU G.inp compliant retransmission and Ikanos "Rapid Rate Adaptation" (advanced ITU-T compliant SOS, SRA and Bitswap) technologies -- enables the chipset to intelligently adjust its data rate instantly to provide optimal quality in any line condition. The iQV technology enable IPTV services to stay connected without a drop in image quality even in noisy line conditions.

The Velocity chipsets are software compatible to Ikanos' prior generation of CO chipsets. In addition, the Velocity chipsets -- which support all ADSL and VDSL profiles --
complement Ikanos' line of residential gateway chipsets, including the highly integrated Fusiv Vx180. Evaluation boards and samples for both the 100/100 Mbps symmetrical (FX100100-6) and 100/50 Mbps asymmetrical (FX10050-6) Velocity chipsets are available now.

Ikanos Partners with ASSIA to Advance DSL Dynamic Spectrum Management

Ikanos Communications and ASSIA Inc., which specializes in Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of vectored DSL technology.

Under terms of the agreement, Ikanos receives a license to ASSIA's essential DSM patents and certain technology for the development of vectored DSL products -- also known as DSM Level 3 -- capable of delivering speeds of 100 Mbps and greater over existing copper loops. In addition, the two companies will co-market each others' products to the network equipment and service provider industries.

DSM enables service providers to maximize the rate and reach of their DSL services, while minimizing operating costs, through the automatic optimization of DSL networks and advanced, root-cause diagnostics analyses. DSM Level 3 (DSM 3) techniques can enhance and extend very-high-data-rate DSL (VDSL) downstream data rates in excess of 100 Mbps and upstream data rates in excess of 50 Mbps for fiber-fed DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) in the neighborhood, at the curb and in the building. DSM technology also enables service providers to further extend the useful life of the copper infrastructure and compete effectively from a performance and economic perspective with more expensive passive optical networking (PON) and hybrid fiber coax (HFC) services.

DSM 3 is one of the three levels of DSM defined in the ATIS DSM Technical Report (ATIS PP-0600007) for managing noise, power and crosstalk in DSL systems of all types -- ADSL1, ADSL2/2+ and VDSL -- in both single service provider and unbundled, multiple service provider environments. Complementary standardization efforts have been completed in the ITU-T and the Broadband Forum, with ongoing standardization efforts underway for advanced DSM technologies.
  • Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA), which is based in Redwood City, California, is headed by Dr. John Cioffi, who served as founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Amati prior to its acquisition by TI in 1997. Dr. Cioffi also held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985-2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with small research efforts there in broadband access.