Monday, March 9, 2009

Public Input Sought on U.S. Broadband Stimulus Spending

A series of public meetings kicked off in Washington to discuss the $7.2 billion allocated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for broadband initiatives. The next public meetings will be held from March 16-24 to discuss how NTIA and the Rural Utility Service should design and implement these programs. Some meetings will be webcast.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Services (RUS) have released a Joint Request for Information and Notice of Public Meetings (RFI), which invites comments from interested parties on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
(BTOP) and the RUS grants and loans program that will be funded by this stimulus spending.

Specifically, these federal agencies are seeking public comment on the establishment of selection criteria for grant awards, grant mechanics, the role of various stakeholders, and coordination between NTIA and RUS. The request for information also seeks comment on the creation of a national broadband map. All of these efforts should help inform the cross-agency work on the national broadband plan that will shortly be initiated by the Federal Communications Commission.

Occam Networks Announces 3 More GPON Deployments

Ballard Telephone (LaCenter, Kentucky), Peoples Rural Telephone (McKee, Kentucky) and Nex-Tech (Hays, Kansas) have purchased and deployed Occam Networks' GPON solutions. Some details on the deployments:

  • Ballard Telephone has deployed Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) 6322 GPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and ON 2442 GPON Triple Play Gateway Optical Network Terminals (ONTs). Ballard is deploying FTTH as part of a strategy to offer subscribers traditional and entertainment services including IP video on demand. Ballard has also purchased Occam's BLC 6450 10 GigE Optical Packet Transport and Optical Line Termination hardware, and BLC 6252 ADSL2Plus and POTS with Gigabit Ethernet hardware.

  • Peoples Rural Telephone now offers advanced voice services, high-speed data and video via RF overlay using Occam's BLC 6322 GPON OLT hardware and ON 2445 ONTs. Peoples also purchased Occam's award winning BLC 6012i high capacity chassis. As a result of this deployment, more than 50 percent of subscribers in Peoples' geography are now served with Occam equipment.

  • Nex-Tech, a subsidiary of Rural Telephone, has selected Occam's GPON products. Nex-Tech offers high-speed data, T1, IPTV and advanced voice services. The company has deployed Occam's Gigabit Ethernet FTTP equipment in the past.

ADVA's Q4 Revenues Exceed Guidance

ADVA Optical Networking reported Q4 2008 revenue of EUR 56.8 million after EUR 53.8 million in Q4 2007 and EUR 54.1 million in Q3 2008. This is above guidance of between EUR 50 million and EUR 55 million for Q4 2008. IFRS pro forma operating income, excluding stock-based compensation and amortization & impairment of goodwill & acquisition-related intangible assets, amounted to EUR 0.1 million in Q4 2008 or 0.1% of revenues, in line with guidance of between -3% and +2% of revenues. The IFRS operating loss in Q4 2008 was EUR 0.5 million, after an operating loss of EUR 23.2 million in Q4 2007.

"We are very pleased with our Q4 2008 revenues, which came in at EUR 56.8 million and are up 5.1% vs. the previous quarter and up 5.6% vs. Q4 2007. Beyond exceeding guidance, our quarterly revenue development is in contrast to the trend of most of our competitors in the current economic crisis. At EUR 0.1 million or 0.1% of revenues, pro forma operating income in Q4 2008 was within guidance of between -3% and +2% of revenues. Due to variations in regional revenue distribution and in product and customer mix, gross margins were somewhat below original expectations and prevented us from achieving a higher pro forma operating income margin," said Jaswir Singh, chief financial officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

Vitesse Announces 10G-EPON Chipset

Vitesse Semiconductor announced a complete physical media dependent (PMD) chipset for 10 Gbps Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (10G-EPON). Vitesse expects bandwidth intensive applications in FTTH networks will drive the need for 10G-EPON in the network.

Vitesse leveraged its 1G-EPON devices to create the new 10G-EPON chipset. It pairs four integrated circuits (ICs) to address both the transmit and the receive paths within the network. For the transmit path, Vitesse offers the industry's first 10 Gbps burst mode driver combination: a 10 Gbps direct-modulated-laser diode (DML) driver, the VSC7981, with a highly integrated laser burst mode controller, the VSC7960. On the receive side, Vitesse provides a high-performance continuous mode solution using its VSC7978 10 Gbps transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and the VSC7987 limiting post amplifier. Together, this 10G-EPON chipset is compliant with the IEEE P802.3av/D3.0 standard which allows for the coexistence of 1G-EPON and 10G-EPON systems on the same distribution network.

"Considering the current mass-deployed 1G-EPON in Asia is growing over 40-percent year-over-year, many industry experts foresee next-generation 10G-EPON-based products maturing enough for initial commercial deployments by late 2009 or early 2010," said Angus Lai, product marketing manager for Vitesse. "Understanding the needs of our customers and consumers, Vitesse has capitalized on its success with 1G-EPON deployments in Asia to provide the first 10G-EPON standards-compliant chipset that makes next-generation FTTH technology a reality."

Infineon Outsources Supply Chain Management to Tata Consultancy

Infineon Technologies AG has contracted with Mumbai-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to operate and maintain solutions within the Infineon's Supply Chain Management (SCM) landscape.

Flextronics Reduces its Global Manufacturing Capacity

Flextronics announced plans to reduce its global manufacturing capacity and infrastructure as a result of the current macroeconomic conditions and decline in demand from its OEM customers.

Flextronics said the current global economic crisis and related decline in demand for its customers' products across all of the industries served has caused its OEM customers to reduce their manufacturing and supply chain outsourcing, ultimately impacting the company's capacity utilization levels.

Flextronics expects to recognize between $220 million and $250 million in pre-tax restructuring and impairment costs over the course of the Company's fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Approximately $190 million to $210 million of these costs are expected to be recorded in the Company's operating results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. Flextronics expects that a significant portion of the total restructuring costs will be related to employee benefit and severance arrangements.

Verizon Business Wins DoD Contract Valued at Up to $2.5 Billion

Verizon Business announced a contract valued at up to $2.5 billion over ten years to provide network and data services at U.S. Department of Defense installations around the world.

Under the Defense Information System Network Transmission Services - Pacific II (DTS-P II) contract, Verizon Business will provide telecommunications services at military installations and other government sites located in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, the Middle East and the United States. The contract term is 10 years, if all options are exercised, and has a maximum value of $2.5 billion.

The network services Verizon Business will provide under the agreement range from individual circuits to fully managed transmission services, for bandwidth ranging from 64 Kbps (kilobits per second) to 10G wavelength over fiber or satellite, or both. Verizon Business will also provide managed data services including Internet protocol, Ethernet and Internet services.

The DTS-P II network, part of the Defense Information System Network (DISN), is managed by Verizon Business round-the-clock, 365 days a year. It supports many aspects of the military operations around the globe and other authorized Defense Department requirements.

"As a long-time communications provider for defense agencies, we have seen the government's demands for advanced, network-centric communications evolve, and we look forward to helping military installations remain on the cutting edge of the latest technology," said Marlin Forbes, regional vice president, Verizon Federal, a sales organization within Verizon Business dedicated to serving federal government customers. "As the leading provider of communications to the federal government, we have unmatched experience helping the U.S. military meet its missions around the globe."

Ikanos VDSL2 Chipsets Deployed in Belgacom FTTN Network

Belgacom, Belgium's leading telecom service provider, is using central office (CO) and customer premises equipment (CPE) based on Ikanos' chipsets as an integral part of its VDSL2 network infrastructure. Specifically, Belgacom has deployed Ikanos-based IP DSLAMs from Alcatel-Lucent and residential gateways from Sagem Communications as part of its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) infrastructure that reaches homes across the country.

Belgacom has built a fiber infrastructure covering more than 16,000 street cabinet nodes throughout Belgium under an initiative called the Broadway Project. At the end of 2008, Belgacom was able to deliver high-definition triple play services to approximately 65 percent of Belgian households over its network, which combines fiber and VDSL2. This network delivers 20 Mbps video-grade bandwidth to the vast majority of customers.

Ikanos' Fx 10050-5 chipsets enable the development of highly integrated, high-performance 48-port European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) line cards. In addition, the chipsets support all VDSL2 profiles up to 17.6 MHz and offer up to 20.5 dBm of transmit power. The eight-port Fx10050-5 chipsets are backwards compatible with deployed ADSLx modems and can operate in VDSL2, VDSL, ADSL2+ or ADSL mode on a per-port basis.

Sonus Networks Announces another 60 Layoffs

Sonus Networks announced additional plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 60 people, or 6% of employees worldwide. The company expects to incur restructuring charges for severance and related costs of approximately $1.3 million to $1.6 million on a pre-tax basis in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 in connection with this action and anticipates annual compensation-related cash savings of approximately $5.8 million to $6.3 million as a result of this restructuring initiative.

This action brings the total expected restructuring charges for severance and related costs to approximately $2.1 million to $2.4 million on a pre-tax basis for both restructuring actions taken during the first quarter of 2009.

Telstra Upgrades Melbourne HFC Network with DOCSIS 3.0

Telstra will upgrade its hybrid fibre coaxial cable (HFC) network in Melbourne with DOCSIS 3.0 technology, enabling end user downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbps, more than triple the current speed on the network.

Work will start immediately with the installation of DOCSIS 3.0 software and related infrastructure in the Melbourne cable network. Telstra will invest about A$300 million in the cable upgrade this calendar year.

This upgrade will increase the peak download speeds in Melbourne homes to 100Mbps, with further upgrades potentially to speeds of up to 200Mbps.

Melbourne is stage one of Telstra's deployment of next generation super-fast broadband technologies into its cable network, which already passes 2.5 million homes in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Telstra estimates that nearly one million Melbourne homes stand to benefit from the experience of super-fast broadband once the upgrade to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps is completed.

European Parliament Reaches Agreement to Lower Data Roaming Charges

The European Parliament, through a vote in its Industry Committee, agreed to the European Commission's proposals to reduce, as of 1 July, consumer roaming charges for sending text messages and downloading data in the EU.

In September 2008, the Commission proposed setting a limit of EUR 0.11 per roamed SMS in the EU (excluding VAT) At present, SMS roaming charges in the EU are on average EUR 0.28 per roamed SMS and can go up to over EUR 0.80 in some countries.

The data roaming charges (the cost for surfing the web or downloading data via a mobile connection abroad) will also be reduced. To pave the way for lower consumer charges, the Industry Committee voted in favour of a cap on inter-operator charges of EUR 0.50 per megabyte of roamed data. The Commission had proposed such a cap, but at EUR 1 per megabyte.

The Parliament's lead Committee on the new roaming legislation also endorsed measures to enhance the transparency of roaming charges to eliminate the risk of "bill shocks" for data roaming. Finally the Industry Committee voted for an obligation of operators to charge roamed calls by the second from the first second of a mobile call abroad (Commission proposal: from the 31st second). The Commission had identified that consumers currently pay around 20% too much for roamed calls abroad because of imprecise billing methods.

"Yesterday's vote in the European Parliament is very good news for consumers all over Europe. In view of the current economic downturn, the Parliament is right in wanting to strengthen the purchasing power of European consumers as of this summer, which will encourage them to make even more use of their mobile phones", said Viviane Reding, the EU's Telecoms Commissioner, who had initiated the new roaming legislation.

AT&T, CWA Reach Tentative Agreement on Mobility Contract

Last week, AT&T and the Communications Workers of America reached a tentative agreement on a collective bargaining agreement for about 20,000 wireless employees covered by the Mobility Orange contract.

AT&T Confirms 2009 CAPEX of $17-18 Billion

Saying that the demand for connectivity remains strong despite the economic climate, AT&T confirmed plans to invest $17 billion to $18 billion in 2009, in line with its 2007 capital expenditures of $17.7 billion and expected to exceed the planned investment of any other U.S. telecom company.

Approximately two-thirds of AT&T's 2009 investment will extend and enhance the company's wireless and wired broadband networks to provide more coverage, speed and capacity. To support increased customer demand in mobility, broadband and video, the company plans to add nearly 3,000 jobs in 2009. However, as previously announced, the company expects to reduce jobs in other areas -- primarily wireline -- due to economic pressures, a more streamlined organizational structure and continued shift among residential customers from wired voice services to wireless and broadband.

"Demand for broadband continues to grow as new applications emerge and customers embrace them, leading to data traffic on our network growing more than 50 percent year over year on average," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. "We expect demand will only escalate when the larger economy rebounds, and AT&T's continued strong network investment will help ensure that we're fully ready to support the next wave of economic growth. We recognize the continuing importance of investing in critical network infrastructure, which plays a key role in driving commerce, innovation and job growth."

AT&T's broadband investment priorities include multiple projects designed to enhance its 3G network. With 3G services now available in nearly 350 U.S. metropolitan areas, the company will focus in 2009 on enhancing coverage and reliability across this footprint, including the planned addition of more than 2,100 new cell sites across the country. Additionally, AT&T will expand 3G service to 20 new markets this year.

Highlights of other planned initiatives include:

  • Expanding its 3G network, which is now available in nearly 350 U.S. metropolitan areas. AT&T will add more than 2,100 new cell sites across the country. Additionally, AT&T will expand 3G service to 20 new markets this year.

  • Nearly doubling the total network capacity in most markets via additional spectrum at 850 MHz, a frequency that can offer improvements to in-building coverage.

  • Leveraging the capabilities of AT&T's GSM/HSPA network to further increase 3G speeds, starting with trials of 7.2 Mbps peak downlink speeds and evolving to speeds as high as 20 Mbps.

  • Customer trials leading toward general availability of AT&T 3G MicroCell offerings, which utilize femtocells and home broadband connections to enhance in-building wireless coverage.

  • Continuing expansion of AT&T's leading Wi-Fi footprint and infrastructure, building from the 20,000 hotspot footprint created in 2008 with the acquisition of Wayport.

  • Continued expansion of its wired broadband access and IP/MPLS backbone networks.

  • Expansion of the U-verse footprint, with current plans calling for the network to pass 30 million living units in 2011, up from 17 million today.

  • AT&T will also continue to invest in its global IP backbone network, which carries wireless and wired broadband traffic from AT&T customers and others around the globe. In 2008, the company completed the deployment of 40 Gbps backbone technology. This year, the company will invest in multiple new subsea fiber-optic cables to maximize capacity and reliability of backbone connections, and will continue to expand the global reach of access solutions for enterprise customers.

  • Te creation of nearly 3,000 new jobs in growth areas. These new jobs will bolster AT&T organizations responsible for building, maintaining and enhancing the company's wireless and wired networks, developing and delivering new applications that take advantage of IP connectivity and maintaining customer service capabilities crossing the AT&T portfolio of services and applications.

  • Continued investment in AT&T Labs, including research in 4G Long-Term Evolution technology; 100 Gigabit backbone network technology; and development of a range of emerging IP applications.
http://www.att.comIn February, AT&T announced plans to invest approximately $1 billion in 2009 to continue building out its global network. AT&T said its investment is focused on the network infrastructure, services and support for companies requiring "anytime, anywhere" access to the systems, suppliers, customers and employees needed to successfully run their businesses.

Specifically, AT&T said it is capitalizing on the ongoing shift in network traffic from voice to data and video-- and more importantly to IP-based data and video-- as customers migrate from legacy data networks to MPLS-based Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and managed applications.

Some key points of the 2009 investment plan:

Network-Based Services and Applications:

  • Enhancements and additions to AT&T's virtual private network portfolio, wide area network (WAN), telepresence, unified communications, hosting, applications performance, and digital media solutions, all of which helped to drive double-digit IP data growth as reported in AT&T's recent fourth quarter earnings.

  • AT&T Telepresence service availability in China in collaboration with local service providers, to extend AT&T's ability to connect different companies using the service.

  • Managed IP telephony & LAN services in China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico.

  • In the hosting and utility computing space, AT&T is increasing data center hosting capacity in Atlanta, Annapolis,
    the New York/New Jersey metro area, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the United Kingdom; scaling the AT&T Synaptic Hosting platform in Singapore, Amsterdam and three sites within the United States; increasing the level of automation for delivering AT&T Synaptic Hosting services; expanding application services in the super IDCs by enabling more
    on-net managed applications, such as Oracle and SAP; and supporting more virtualized customer applications by expanding
    managed hosting services onto the client premises.

  • Extending the AT&T Intelligent Content Distribution Service reach into Mexico, and enhancing service in high growth areas such as Brazil, India and China. Plans also call for expansion of capacity in existing service countries and jurisdictions in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. This expansion will cover services such as Flash, Windows Media Format, Move Networks and Silverlight that support large file downloads and video formats. AT&T is also expanding its SSL security capabilities.

Mobility Services and Applications:

  • Accelerated deployment of mobile conferencing solutions, portal capabilities and business mobility applications for companies of all sizes in vertical industries like finance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education and government. AT&T is continuing its investment in platforms to support mobility application deployment including: location based services; the AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications platform; the Enterprise On Demand (EOD) service delivery platform which lets customers self manage large wireless data deployments of specialized vertical devices; and the External Access Gateway, which is a platform that lets third parties use the AT&T network for network transactions such as network location based services queries.

  • Global management of multiple mobile operator contracts to support the wireless needs of multinational companies (i.e. order processing, invoicing).

  • Device protection and control and other security capabilities to ensure that companies can safely access applications and work tasks anytime, from any enabled device.

  • Fixed-mobile convergence capabilities, building on AT&T's Mobile
    Extension service announced earlier this year.

IBM Network Integration:

AT&T is working on continued integration of IBM's global network operations which were acquired through the 2007 expanded agreement between the companies. Through its agreement with IBM, AT&T last year added on-the-ground support and networking expertise in 48 countries worldwide, and closed more than a dozen new contracts.

Continued Global Network Rollout in 2009

  • Deploying new subsea fiber optic cable capacity to Alaska, Australia, Asia Pac, India, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and on trans-Atlantic routes to Europe. Today, AT&T has ownership interests in 83 subsea cable systems, covering 488,000 route miles. In total AT&T's network has over 888,000 route miles of fiber.

  • VPN services will be extended in an additional 18 countries, giving VPN access in a total of 149 countries worldwide.

  • VPN Ethernet access will be available in 38 countries increase from 34 today.

  • VPN DSL access will be available in 44 countries increased from 38 today.

  • VPLS access will be available in 31 countries increased from 15 today. AT&T's OPT-E-WAN Ethernet Virtual Private LAN is the only certified, fully unified global carrier Ethernet service based on a seamless MPLS/VPLS infrastructure available with coverage in the US and worldwide.

  • IPv6 deployment - to meet the global requirements of governments and companies, AT&T is deploying a multi-year plan to deliver a full complement of IPv6 networking services that will also preserve customers' existing IPv4 investment
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  • Continued rollout of new network capabilities, including AT&T Wavelength Private Line and enhanced AT&T Ultravailable Network Services;

  • AT&T plans to continue to grow global backbone capacity by introducing new and faster 10 Gbps edge equipment; increasing backbone bandwidth; and adding more Cisco CRS1 routers on key routes.

  • Expanding network- and premises-based firewall capabilities, as
    well as the AT&T Internet Protect suite of capabilities including My Internet Protect, Private Intranet Protect, and DDoS Defense to the Asia-Pacific region.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Poste Italiane Upgrades Core Network with Italtel Softswitch Platform

Poste Italiane,

which offers integrated communication and logistic services in addition to mail delivery and collection, will upgrade its core network based on Italtel's Softswitch Platform i-SSW. Poste Italiane has chosen Italtel to develop, integrate and install the basic infrastructure for the delivery of secure network services while handling the issues authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) and identity management within IP networks. In particular, Italtel's core services will allow the allocation and automated distribution of IP addresses (over 300,000) for accessing various terminals including PCs, laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

IPI: Say No to Stimulus Spending on Municipal Broadband Projects

The Institute for Policy Innovation, a non-profit public policy organization based in Dallas, Texas is calling on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to reject any plans to fund municipal broadband networks when its meet this week to discuss the stimulus spending. According to a new report authored by IPI senior fellow Barry M. Aarons, municipal broadband has been plagued by failure nearly every time it has been attempted, and at great cost to taxpayers.

In the report, entitled "We Told You So: Continue to Say No to Municipal Broadband Networks," Aarons writes: "In 2004, we cautioned governments to be careful not to sponsor communications ventures like municipal broadband networks, and in particular, local Wi-Fi Projects... time and experience have proven us correct."

IPI notes that municipal broadband systems have been expensive government failures in cities including, but not limited to, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland and Orlando.

Clearwire Appoints William T. Morrow as CEO

Clearwire has appointed William (Bill) T. Morrow, 49, as its new CEO, replacing co-Founder and current CEO Benjamin G. Wolff, who will continue with the company as Co-Chairman, a position he will share with current Chairman Craig O. McCaw.

Morrow most recently served as President and CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco where he oversaw operations and successfully directed an overhaul aimed at improving the company's efficiency, supply chain and customer focus. Prior to PG&E, Morrow served in a number of senior executive positions at international mobile communications group Vodafone and Vodafone Group PLC, including Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone, Europe, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone UK Ltd. and President of Vodafone KK in Japan. He also served as President of Japan Telecom Co. and held senior executive positions with wireless telecommunications carrier AirTouch International.

Fanfare Announces Partnership with Agilent Technologies

Fanfare announced a partnership with Agilent Technologies to offer joint customers the ability to seamlessly integrate their test assets and automate complex system testing. Fanfare's test automation solution, iTest will be more tightly integrated with Agilent's N2X multi-services test solution, accelerating the configuration and automation of test scenarios.

The Agilent N2X is widely used by NEMs and SPs to validate the performance and scalability characteristics of next-generation network equipment, and is designed to test IP-forwarding devices that deliver video, VoIP, data services and business VPNs. It is used in out-of-service lab environments to test at real-world scale with realistic traffic, ensuring quality of multiplay services. The N2X addresses the test challenges that multiplay services impose across the IP/MPLS core, carrier edge and broadband access networks.

Fanfare's iTest orchestrates system testing by executing simultaneous commands to a multitude of different devices in a network to simulate real-world network testing. This enhances the quality of services that SPs offer, reduces time to market, and improves productivity across the entire service development and product development life cycle. Integrating Agilent's N2X with iTest will ease the process of automating test assets for existing and prospective SP customers, providing a comprehensive solution for their system testing needs.

Seagate and AMD Unveil World's 6 Gbps Serial ATA Drive

Seagate and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) demonstrated Serial ATA 6Gigabit/second data transfer technology for the first time. The Seagate and AMD demonstration features two Seagate SATA disk drives - one a shipping Barracuda 7200.12 3 Gbps hard drive and the other a prototype Barracuda 6Gb/second drive - in a desktop PC to show the performance difference between the two generations. The PC is powered by an AMD prototype SATA 6 Gbps chipset. The Seagate SATA 3 Gbps drive runs at more than 2.5 Gbps and the SATA 6 Gbps drive at 5.5Gigabits per second, with the performance of each storage interface displayed on the PC monitor.

The Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/second storage interface promises backward compatibility with the SATA 3Gb/second and SATA 1.5Gb/second interfaces, and use the same cables and connectors as previous SATA generations to ease integration. The third generation of the mainstream storage interface for desktop and notebook computers also enhances power efficiency

and improves Native Command Queuing, a SATA feature, to increase overall system performance and data transfer speeds of mainstream PC applications but especially applications with heavily transactional workloads such as scientific modeling and forecasting, and engineering design and simulation.

"The increasing reliance of consumers and businesses worldwide on digital information is giving rise to gaming, digital video and audio, streaming video, graphics and other applications that require even more bandwidth, driving demand for PC interfaces that can carry even more digital content," said Joan Motsinger, Seagate vice president of Personal Systems Marketing and Strategy. "The SATA 6 Gbps storage interface will meet this demand for higher-bandwidth PCs. Seagate has a long history of being first to market with new technologies such as Serial ATA, perpendicular recording and self-encrypting drives, and is pleased to be teaming with AMD to stage the world's first public demonstration of SATA 6 Gbps storage."