Sunday, December 10, 2006

AT&T Opens New Data Centers in Shanghai, Chicago

AT&T opened two new Internet data centers in Shanghai, China, and in Oak Brook, Illinois (outside Chicago).

The new Shanghai facility, located in the city's Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, is the second AT&T Internet data center in that city. AT&T's first Shanghai data center, also in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, opened its doors to customers this summer. AT&T will operate the Shanghai facilities in alliance with local service providers and will coordinate service delivery with those providers. AT&T, however, will be customers' single point of contact for Enterprise Hosting Services being delivered in China.

The new Oak Brook facility complements AT&T's data center in nearby Lisle, Illinois to further expand the company's hosting presence in the Chicago area..

TI Trims Q4 Business Outlook

Texas Instruments revised its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS) for Q4, saying it now expects total revenue of between $3.35 billion and $3.50 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.46 billion to $3.75 billion; semiconductor revenue is expected between $3.28 billion and $3.42 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.39 billion to $3.66 billion; and educational & Productivity Solutions revenue is expected between $70 million and $80 million, compared with the prior range of $70 million to $90 million.

TI expects EPS from continuing operations between $0.37 and $0.40, compared with the previous range of $0.40 to $0.46.

TI Powers NEC 3G FOMA Phone

One of NTT DoCoMo's newest FOMA 3G handsets, the FOMA N903i from NEC, is based on Texas Instruments' OMAP2430 processor. The announcement marks the fifth generation NEC family of handsets supported by TI's OMAP platform.

TI noted that it has shipped more than 100 million OMAP processors to date in more than 180 different mobile phone and PDA models.

Cisco Selected for Turkish Datacentre Backbone

Garanti Bank, the leading Turkish retail, commercial and corporate bank, has selected Cisco to provide a new backbone network infrastructure for its datacentre operations comprising storage area networking, data centre switching and integrated security. The deployment features Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer SAN directors, with Cisco MDS Multiprotocol Services Modules. In addition to redundant Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with the Cisco Supervisor Engine 720, Garanti Bank's network upgrade features a number of other Cisco network components, including integrated security with Cisco Firewall Services Modules.

Newbury and PanGo Collaborate on WLAN Location Technologies

Newbury Networks is collaborating with PanGo Networks to deliver a third-party location application on the Newbury Location Appliance.

Newbury Networks enables enterprises to locate, manage and secure applications running over wireless LANs (WLANs). PanGo offers an application that can be powered by Newbury's Location Appliance, enabling users to locate any 802.11-based device across a wide range of WLAN infrastructures including 3Com, Aruba, Cisco, Nortel, Symbol and Trapeze.

Newbury is using PanGo's open Provider Interface to deliver location information to the PanOS Platform and PanGo Locator running in any of these diverse wireless network environments.

Newbury said a new class of mobile enterprise applications fueled by location continues to gain momentum in vertical markets such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government.


Samsung Invests $4 Million in Alereon for UWB/WiMedia

Alereon a start-up based in Austin, Texas, received a $4 million investment from Samsung Ventures for its ultrawideband (UWB) technology.

Alereon is using ultrawideband (UWB) radio technology to develop high-bandwidth, low-power, low-cost Wireless USB and WiMedia UWB chipsets that are aimed at portable products, like digital cameras, mp3 players and cell phones.

The company recently demonstrated a production-worthy Wireless USB device solution, including a multi-vendor application developed in conjunction with Kodak. The Kodak digital still camera was able to transfer photos over Wireless USB to a laptop that included a partner's host MAC and an installed Alereon PHY.

ShoreTel Monitors Enterprise Voice Quality

ShoreTel introduced a real-time network monitoring software tool that provides IT managers with a view of network performance to isolate problems and ensure optimal voice quality.

ShoreWare System Monitor delivers continuous monitoring, diagnostics and alerts to provide real-time monitoring of all network devices regardless of vendor or brand. As a standard, SNMP-based software solution, ShoreWare System Monitor automatically recognizes every device on the network. It also provides Web-based, remote monitoring so that distributed enterprises can manage traffic at remote and branch sites.

ShoreWare System Monitor is available in two deployment models to accommodate both resellers and enterprise customers. Customers can subscribe to the product and monitor their networks directly. In addition, due to the Web-based remote monitoring capability, ShoreTel channel partners can leverage the functionality of ShoreWare System Monitor to deliver value-added monitoring services to their customers.

Pricing is based on a subscription model and starts at $1,750 annually for 250 network interfaces (product support included) and can scale according to company growth.

Sweden's Dataphone Deploys Axerra Networks' Pseudo-Wire

Dataphone, a full-service national carrier in Sweden, is deploying Axerra's Pseudo-Wire solutions for PBX backhaul over Ethernet and xDSL. In addition to offering fixed-line voice and data business services, Dataphone plans to utilize Axerra's Pseudo-Wire solutions to offer mobile backhaul services in the near future.

Axerra's AXN Pseudo-Wire Gateways and Access Devices provide Circuit Emulation Pseudo-Wire, Frame Relay and HDLC Pseudo-Wires, ATM Pseudo-Wires, plus Ethernet and IP aggregation services while preserving security and QoS/CoS over next-generation packet-access networks.

  • Dataphone is a full-service competitive operator resulting from the merger of Dataphone and Citylink in December 2005. Previously, Dataphone had operated since the mid-nineties as a corporate ISP featuring high-quality Internet connections with an SLA of 100% to all customers. Citylink operates an advanced nationwide MPLS backbone in Sweden.

Wintegra Ships its Next Gen Access Processor

Wintegra announced commercial availability of its next generation access processor. The WinPath2 uses six data processing elements (WinGines) instead of four. This change extends the performance of the WinPath1 family by more than doubling the processing capability for the Data Path. These WinGines are decoupled from the Control Path processor to better fine tune overall system performance and power. They are RAM based, ensuring "future proofing" of current designs by enabling a software download to upgrade to evolving protocol standards, such as WT-101 in DSL and new 3GPP standards in wireless.

Harmonic Closes Entone Acquisition

Harmonic completed the acquisition of the video networking software business of Entone Technologies, a privately-held company based in San Mateo, CA, with research and development facilities in Hong Kong.

Entone's software solutions are designed to handle content ingest, distributed content management and video streaming -- facilitate the provisioning of personalized video services including video-on-demand (VOD), network personal video recording (nPVR), time-shifted television and targeted advertisement insertion.
  • In August 2006, Harmonic agreed to acquire the video networking software business of Entone Technologies, a privately-held software developer specializing in IPTV VOD and other digital video solutions for commercial broadcasters. The agreed upon purchase price of $45 million is comprised of $26 million in cash and the value of approximately 3.54 million shares of Harmonic common stock.

  • In September 2005, Entone Technologies introduced its "Armada" asset allocation solution for managing libraries of VOD titles. The system goes beyond static VOD content distribution systems by dynamically and cost-optimally placing video assets in the appropriate location and storage media based on their real-time popularity.

3Com Updates its Enterprise Switching Line

3Com introduced the latest addition to its enterprise switching portfolio, which was built by 3Com's Chinese joint venture, H3C. The 3Com Switch 4500G delivers Gigabit speed with dynamic Layer 3 routing and extensive Layer 2 switching capabilities as well as support for IPv6.

The 3Com Switch 4500G is available in 24 and 48 port models, with or without Power over Ethernet. It features clustered stacking of up to 32 devices with four fully flexible 10G ports that can be used for stacking, server connections or uplinks. 3Com's new clustered stacking technology enables centralized management of not only 4500G switches but clusters that also include switches from the 4200 and 5500 families.

Additional features include intelligent QoS to automatically prioritize voice traffic; and Power over Ethernet, which can power IP phones, wireless access points or other 802.3af devices. Auto voice VLAN assignment simplifies initial voice system set up and ongoing moves, adds, and changes and further improves voice quality and security by optimizing secure converged IP communications over Ethernet-based networks. Another feature that simplifies implementation and ongoing management is the 4500G's ability to automatically recognize, power and deliver dial tone to 16 different IP phone models from 3Com and other vendors. Security functionality includes device authentication with support for 802.1X, RADA (RADIUS Authentication of Device Access), virus quarantine functionality and integration with TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems.

AMCC and Zarlink Test Circuit Emulation Services Interoperability

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) and Zarlink Semiconductor completed interoperability testing between the company's Circuit Emulation Services-over-Packet (CES) solutions. The companies said the combination of AMCC's CES device and Zarlink's CES expertise will uniquely enable system vendors and carriers to build efficient, scalable (up to multiple OC-3 / OC-12) solutions for legacy T1/E1 and revenue-driven applications.

Belkin Releases Cable-Free USB Hub based on UWB

Belkin introduced a Cable-Free USB Hub that does not require a cable to connect to the computer. The hub used Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology with the Wisair chipset. Data transfers at up to 480 Mbps are possible for USB 2.0 devices at a range of up to 30 meters.

Acme Packet Expands Partnership Program

Acme Packet announced three new members to its partnership program:

  • O1 Communications is a facilities-based California CLEC that provides wholesale VoIP peering solutions to service providers looking to originate and terminate voice traffic in California.

  • Stealth Communications' Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) is a voice marketplace for enterprises, government agencies and carriers worldwide to buy, sell and trunk telephony related services with over a 100 billion minute run-rate in 2006. The VPF ENUM Registry houses over 18 million unique phone numbers allowing for free termination among VPF members.

  • XConnect provides trusted VoIP Federation/Peering services including the innovative settlement-free XConnect Alliance as well as private federations with over 400 service providers in 35 countries. Features include secure (ENUM) registry, multi-protocol signaling management and advanced security including patent-pending SPIT protection.

Acme Packet's Connected Universe program, which was launched last month, helps Acme Packet-enabled service providers quickly find potential IP interconnect and peering arrangements and build business relationships with other Acme Packet-experienced service providers.

Mu Security Leverages "Adaptive Analysis" for Security

Mu Security introduced a dynamic protocol mutation technology known as Adaptive Analysis that allows product developers and their service provider or critical infrastructure customers to broadly analyze any IPv4- or IPv6-based product's attack surface for its security readiness and robustness.

Adaptive Analysis customizes the company's Mu-4000 Security Analyzer platform to pinpoint and expedite the remediation of potential 0-day and published vulnerabilities in wired and wireless infrastructures, carrier networks and government applications. The solution combines hundreds of protocol attack mutations dynamically using a large number of authentication techniques running over a dozen transport options.

Mu Security said its Adaptive Analysis approach enables service providers and vendors of security appliances, secure storage systems, triple play provisioning products and consumer point-of-sale products to proactively analyze their unique attack surfaces and remediate a wide range of potentially disruptive vulnerabilities or robustness flaws.

Mu Security customer installations include Veraz, Juniper Networks, Network Appliance/Decru, Motorola, ConSentry as well as a number of undisclosed service provider end users and government agencies. During Mu Security's development, the company also isolated dozens of 0-day vulnerabilities including the open source Asterisk IP-PBX offering to identify and quickly remediate a new 0-day VoIP vulnerability.

PMC-Sierra Announces 336-Channel T1/E1/DS3/E3 Framer

PMC-Sierra introduced a scalable framer for next generation voice, wireless and router platforms based on proprietary and AdvancedTCA /Advanced Mezzanine standards. Target applications include high density SONET/SDH, T1/E1 and DS3/E3 line cards used in voice and media gateways, wireless infrastructure and routers.

PMC-Sierra's new TEMUX 336 is a single-chip solution integrating OC-12/STM-4 or 4xOC-3/STM-1 SONET/SDH framers for working and protect links, 336/252 T1/E1 framers, 12 DS3/E3 framers, 12 M13/G.747 multiplexers and 12 VT/TU mappers. The device features:

  • Clock control and jitter performance required by 3G wireless, TDM over Packet (PWE3) and Circuit Emulation applications;

  • Integrated Extended Serial SONET/SDH Interface (ESSI) serial links utilizing PMC-Sierra's field-proven high-speed serial backplane technology;

  • An equipment protection interface that uniquely fits the constraints of ATCA/AdvancedMC based systems;

  • A small form factor and low power to meet board-level requirements;

  • Seamless interconnect with PMC-Sierra Layer 2 solutions via the Scalable Bandwidth Interconnect (SBI) interface; and

  • Firmware compatible with previous-generation TEMUX devices.

Aperto's WiMAX Deployed on Isle of Wight

Wight cable 2005 Ltd, the sole provider of telephone, broadband and cable TV services on the Isle of Wight, has launched broadband wireless services based on Aperto Networks' PacketMAX gear. PacketMAX is Aperto's dual fixed and Mobile WiMAX solution architecture based on the IEEE 802.16d-2004 and IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX standards.


Nigeria's M-tel Awards US$75 Million GSM Contract to Motorola

M-tel, one of the leading mobile communications operators in Nigeria, awarded a US$75 million GSM network expansion contract to Motorola to extend its coverage across the country. The scope of the expansion project covers installation, commissioning and the upgrading of sites in the cities of Benin, Ikorodu and Yola.

Broadcom Announces 1080p Digital TV Chip

Broadcom announced a high definition (HD) digital TV silicon solution that supports full 1080p display resolution and is designed in 65 nanometer process geometry.

The new "television-on-a-chip" TVs and displays with rull HD1080p quality, offering a display resolution of 1920 x 1080, or over two million pixels. Consumer equipment manufacturers are currently deploying high quality 1080p display resolution in HD televisions, DVD players and video gaming equipment.

The new device is compatible with the National Television Systems Committee (NTSC) analog standard, the North American digital terrestrial or Advanced Television Committee (ATSC) digital standard and the digital cable television standard. In addition, the new chip supports picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture display modes.

NEC Develops First 32nm-Node Multi-Layer Interconnect

NEC announced the world's first multi-layer interconnect for 32nm-node LSIs. As the integration density of Si LSI devices increases, the number of interconnects increases, resulting in higher parasitic capacitance and undesirable power consumption levels. NEC researchers developed a low-k dielectric technology based on a plasma co- polymerization technique that overcomes these issues.