Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thomson's Latest Set-Top Boxes Support Over-the-Top HD

Thomson unveiled its latest generation high definition set-top box, the 805 HD platform. Available with or without a hard disk for PVR functionality, it includes embedded memory to enable over-the-top services and other functionalities including time shifting. Interfaces are available for DVB-T and the newer and more efficient DVB-T2 for terrestrial television, and for DVB-S and DVB-S2 for satellite broadcasting. The PVR version can be supplied with a scalable 2.5" hard disk in accordance with operators' requirements. It incorporates an advanced power management system which switches off those parts of the circuitry not required, resulting in a "deep sleep" mode which consumes less than half a watt.

"Everyone is agreed that hybrid delivery is the way forward, with linear television broadcast as it is today and access to interactive and on-demand content from the same device on the same screen, delivered over broadband," said Georges Laplanche, Senior Vice President, Connect Division, Thomson.

LG Televisions in France to Offer Orange Portal

Beginning in March 2010, Orange and LG Electronics (LGE) will offer exclusive access in France to an Orange portal for LG televisions that are Internet connected. The three-year agreement will enable LG France to offer a wide range of flat screens from March 2010 delivering a unique entertainment experience, with intuitive and simplified access to numerous multimedia services from Orange. In one click, users will have to access a portal with a vast selection of useful and fun services, from Orange Sport Info, 24/24 Actu (news service) to Liveradio and other content such as TV programs, videos, music and practical information.

DOCOMO Develops 8-Band Power Amplifier for Mobile Phones

NTT DOCOMO unveiled a prototype multi-band power amplifier that accommodates eight frequency bands between 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz, paving the way for lightweight, all-in-one mobile phones capable of standalone wireless communications of different standards, including LTE standard as well as existing W-CDMA and GSM.

Power amplifiers are used in mobile phones to increase signal power up to levels required for wireless communication.

Previously, as conventional multi-band phones must employ a separate single-band amplifier for each band, the sizes of these phones will increases to accommodate new frequency bands for LTE services being launched in markets worldwide, including Japan.

DOCOMO said its new amplifier, which offers gain and output power equivalent to those of conventional single-band amplifiers, paves the way for multi-standard mobile phones that are generally no larger than existing models. It enables 8-band operation by employing matching circuits whose frequency characteristics are controlled by multiple semiconductor switches according to the required frequency band.http://

Researchers Achieve Breakthrough for Public Key Cryptography

Researchers at NTT, in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Bonn University, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), set a new world record for a 768-bit (232-digit decimal) composite number that far exceeds the previous record (663-bits 200-digit decimal). This was achieved through integer factorization using a technique that employed a "general number field sieve" to overcome the integer factorization problem.

Examination of the number of bits that can be factored is important to estimate more precisely the security and strength of the RSA scheme. The RSA scheme, which is widely used as a public key encryption scheme, is based on the difficulty of the integer factorization problem.

The researchers said their work paves the way for stronger and more efficient encryption technology.

BT Appoints Jeff Kelly as CEO BT Global Services

BT appointed Jeff Kelly as CEO of its Global Services division, replacing Hanif Lalani who is to leave BT after 26 years service. Kelly, a US citizen, has close to 25 years IT services experience at the Global IT services firm, EDS, where he most recently ran their $10 billion business in the Americas.

Telefónica Tests Huawei's 100G

Telefónica has completed a trial of 100 Gbps transmission using Huawei Technologies' OSN 6800 WDM/OTN transport platform. The 100 Gbps trial link spanned Valladolid to Zaragoza, a total transmission distance of 1022 km, without electrical regeneration.

The field trial in Spain was based on Huawei' s OSN 6800 WDM/OTN transport platform with the transponder inserted in subracks. The fiber type used was standard G.652, and single lambda rate is up to 112Gbps. The link passed through 20 spans with the concatenation of 10 sets of ROADM, 33 EDFA amplifiers and 2 sets of MUX/DEMUX. Arbitrary mixed 10G/40G/100G transports with 50Hz channel spacing were also achieved. A smooth upgrade from 10G to 40G/100G was supported without interfering with the existing network, thereby protecting the operator' s original investment.

Huawei Symantec Launches New Security and Storage Brands

Huawei Symantec Technologies introduced new security and storage brands -- Secospace and Oceanspace -- as part of the "Realize Business Value" campaign for its security business and "Converged Storage" campaign for its storage business.

Huawei Symantec claims to have achieved an 80% annual growth, with annual sales in 2009 reaching $300 million.

In 2010, the company is launching a UTM product line and bolstering its storage product portfolio by launching proprietary high-to-low-end network storage products.

"Huawei Symantec has achieved major breakthroughs in key markets, technologies and products in the last two years," said Mr. Zhang Ping'an, Huawei Symantec COO. "To address the greater challenges in 2010, the Company has updated its strategies in marketing, branding and R&D. Secospace and Oceanspace are more than brand names as they reflect the Company's understanding of market trends, customer demands, as well as security and storage technologies. The announcement is a new start for Huawei Symantec's global strategy."

Nokia: 4.6 Billion Mobile Subscriptions, 6.8 Billion People

There are now about 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions among the planet's 6.8 billion people, and "for the majority of the world's people, their first and only access to the Internet will be through a mobile device - not a PC," stated Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo in a keynote address at the International ConsumerElectronics Show in Las Vegas.

Thanks in part due to the spread of mobile communications, the world's developing economies are places of increasing opportunity and upward mobility. To help amplify the effect of mobile communications in developing economies, Nokia is launching a US$1 million Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge to encourage innovators and developers to come up with innovate ways to help people and promote upward mobility.

In addition, Kallasvuo announced that Ovi Mail, Nokia's mobile email service that is designed for users whose first email access is via a mobile device, signed up more than 5 million accounts in its first year, exceeding the first-year user totals for Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail.

Carbonite Raises $20 million for its Online Backup Service

Carbonite, a start-up based in Boston ,closed a mezzanine round of funding that provides approximately $20 million of new capital for its Online Backup service, which was originally launched in May 2006.

In the last year, Carbonite expanded its product offering to include a Macintosh solution and Remote File Access, which enables any Carbonite user to access backed up files from any web browser. Additionally, the company has forged distribution agreements with Seagate and Sun Microsystems.

Crosslink Capital of San Francisco led this round with participation from all existing investors, including Menlo Ventures, Performance Equity, and Common Angels Fund. Gary Hromadko, venture partner at Crosslink, will join the Carbonite board of directors.

This brings the total financing raised by the Boston-based company to approximately $67 million.
  • Since 2006, Carbonite has backed up more than 39 billion files and has restored more than 3.2 billion lost files for its customers. Carbonite backs up more than 100 million files every day to high-redundancy storage servers in its Boston and Somerville, Mass. data centers.

Qualcomm and TSMC Set Sights on 28nm Process Technology

Qualcomm and its foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company are focusing on 28 nanometer (nm) process technology as a means to enable more features to be integrated into smaller chips with a high level of cost efficiency. Small form factor and low power consumption are important features of Qualcomm's next generation of system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, including the Snapdragon chipset platform. The two companies are capitalizing on their long-term relationship as Qualcomm works on migrating directly from the 45nm to the 28nm node.

The new 28 nm technology offers up to twice the density of previous manufacturing nodes, Qualcomm and TSMC are working on both high-k metal gate (HKMG) 28HP and silicon oxynitride (SiON) 28LP technologies. Qualcomm expects to tape out its first commercial 28nm products in mid-2010.

Previously, Qualcomm and TSMC worked closely on 65nm and 45nm technologies. They are continuing their relationship into low-power, low-leakage 28nm designs for high-volume manufacturing.

Sprint's 3G Delivers Content for Skiff's Electronic Paper Display

At CES, Skiff unveiled its e-paper display based on a rugged and flexible metal-foil technology. The start-up company is building an integrated digital content and commerce platform to offer a wide selection of newspapers, magazines, books and blogs -- all optimized for wireless delivery to dedicated e-readers as well as other devices, such as smartphones and netbooks.

The first Skiff e-reader unit features a full touch-screen, monochrome display measuring 11.5 inches diagonally (292.1 mm) based on silicon thin-film-transistors (TFT) on a flexible stainless-steel substrate. The Skiff display is flexible and shatter-proof. It uses a Marvell CPU and a rechargeable lithium ion battery that delivers one week of average life (thousands of page turns with periodic wireless use) before needing recharging.

Sprint will provide content delivery to Skiff using its nationwide 3G network.

Skiff has offices in NYC and Palo Alto, California.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Beijing Mobile Selects Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA Radio and Core

Beijing Mobile Communications has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA radio and core network platforms, alongside its planning and implementations services, to upgrade its 3G coverage and support migration to the time division variant of Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE). As part of the new deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Beijing Mobile TD-SCDMA base stations and create a common circuit and packet core network that ensures inter-working between 2G and 3G. Moreover, the company's future-proof TD-SCDMA solution will enable Beijing Mobile for smooth future LTE evolution.

"This is a breakthrough deal for us, as it marks our entry into Beijing Mobile's 3G business," added Ding Weiqing, head of the China Mobile business team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Alcatel-Lucent and LGE Completed Data Call Handoff Between LTE and CDMA

Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics (LGE) completed a handoff of an end-to-end data call between LTE and CDMA mobile networks.

The live, over-the-air handover involved an uninterrupted streaming video session conducted during test drives in the New York metropolitan area over Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end commercial LTE and CDMA/EV-DO infrastructure using an LG Electronics CDMA/LTE dual mode device.

"This is a key milestone that demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent's readiness to deliver LTE to CDMA operators," said Ken Wirth, president, 4G/LTE Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

For the tests, Alcatel-Lucent employed its end-to-end LTE solution, which is comprised of base stations (eNodeBs), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), IP backhaul solutions and associated management systems. The tests also demonstrated a feature on CDMA/EV-DO networks called Evolved High Rate Packet Data (eHRPD), which serves as an interface to manage the seamless handover of data services between the two network types. In 2009, Alcatel-Lucent's eHRPD offering received the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Network Technology Innovation award for its leadership role in the development of the eHRPD standard and its successful introduction into service provider networks.

This test initiative also leveraged professional services expertise including project management and planning, as well as installation, commissioning, integration and test plan execution services.

LG's M13 CDMA/LTE device incorporated for testing was created with commercial grade components and will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010. The M13 also achieved recognition from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and fully supports both CDMA EV-DO and LTE.

Alcatel-Lucent said these successful tests are part of its ongoing effort to ensure that the LTE networks of service providers such as Verizon Wireless interact smoothly and seamlessly with existing 2G and 3G CDMA networks in order for the user to experience uninterrupted service.

UK Plans £1 Billion Investment in Rural Broadband

The governement of the UK will invest £1 billion in a Next Generation Fund to bring broadband to rural areas. Specifically, the objectives of the Next Generation Fund are:

  • To support Digital Britain's aim to roll out next generation networks to at least 90% of the UK by 2017;

  • To support economic growth by incentivising market investment in communications infrastructure to meet the needs of businesses and households;

  • To maximise links with the Government's Universal Service Commitment -- a parallel broadband investment programme to ensure every community has access to 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012.

Government is now consulting on the most effective way to deploy the investment and will soon appoint a procurement team to oversee the delivery and management of Next Generation Access.

"This investment is about bringing the future of broadband to areas of the country that would otherwise miss out. We cannot underestimate the opportunities this will bring for homes and businesses which is why we are taking action to make sure everyone benefits. Already the market is delivering superfast internet speeds of 50Mbps to half the country but we cannot be certain that it will reach the communities that are not currently served, which is why we are putting in an extra £1billion to support the market," stated Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson.http://

NVIDIA, Verizon Wireless Demo HD Internet Tablet

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NVIDIA and the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center are demonstrating a full 1080p HD touchscreen tablet.
The demonstration uses an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Ultra tablet, designed by Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) utilizing the ultra-broad bandwidth of a Motorola 4G wireless modem, operating over a pre-commercial Verizon Wireless LTE network.

NVIDIA said its Tegra mobile processors are able to stream uncompromised, full HD video, such as streaming YouTube HD, for hours on a single charge.

"Verizon Wireless' planned LTE network will deliver what consumers demand - bandwidth for a full HD web experience. This coupled with our Tegra processor will deliver amazing streaming content, all on the go," stated Brian Higgins, Executive Director, LTE Ecosystem Development at Verizon Wireless.

DragonWave Reports Quarterly Revenue of $55.8 Million

DragonWave reported revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, ended November 30, 2009, of $55.8 million, compared with $10.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Revenue from customers within North America increased to $52.7 million, compared with $6.4 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Net income doubled to $12.6 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $6.3 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010 (Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are reported in Canadian dollars). Gross margin for the third quarter increased to 43%, from 42% in the prior quarter of fiscal 2010, while operating margin increased to 23%, from 18% in the prior quarter.

"DragonWave delivered solid results again this quarter," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "The Company continues to scale the business to meet expanding worldwide demand for our market-leading packet microwave solutions."

FCC Seeks One Month Delay in National Broadband Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked the U.S. Congress to extend the deadline by one month for it to present a National Broadband Plan. Genachowski said more time was needed to gather input from key stakeholders and to more fully brief Commissioners and House and Senate Committees on aspects of the plan. Genachowski requested a final plan submission date of March 17, 2010.
  • In December 2009, the FCC published an interim National Broadband Plan report focused on policy recommendations in ten key areas: Universal Service, infrastructure access, spectrum, Tribal lands, set-top boxes, consumer information, media, adoption of broadband, accessibility for people with disabilities, and public safety. Other areas that are to be addressed by the plan, including education, energy, health care, civic participation and others, will be addressed further in January. The report included a framework of issues to be addressed.

Intel Adds "My WiFi" Hotspot Capabilities

At CES, Intel introduced its 2010 family of Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 5 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters that include new Intel My WiFi capabilities.

Intel My WiFi enables up to eight personal Wi-Fi certified devices, such as other laptops, smartphones, cameras or picture frames, to be directly connected to your laptop, while the laptop is simultaneously connected to the Internet.

Previously, with Wi-Fi ad hoc mode, you need to disconnect from the Internet to connect to a single Wi-Fi device. Intel My WiFi technology stays connected to the Internet and can run up to eight additional consumer electronics device connections.

The technology works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Motorola Acquire SecureM for Software-based DRM

Motorola agreed to acquire the assets of SecureM, a developer of software-based digital rights management (DRM) and security systems for IP video distribution and management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SecureMedia develops and markets software systems for securing the distribution of digital entertainment over multiple platforms to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, wireless handsets, PCs and portable entertainment devices.

SecureMedia's Encryptonite ONE system supplies proven end-to-end security for content in managed IP, mobile, over-the-top (OTT) and hybrid environments. SecureMedia also provides consulting services including installation, training, integration and support.

Motorola said the acquisition enhances its content security product portfolio, enabling it to offer both stand-alone and integrated software security solutions to IP video customers.

SecureMedia is based in Natick, MA, with its core development team in Auckland, New Zealand. The company will now become part of Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business.

Sprint Debuts 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Sprint has begun marketing Sierra Wireless' "Overdrive" 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot that lets up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to share one 3G/4G connection. The unit supports WiMAX peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 4 Mbps. Average download speeds are in the range of 3-6 Mbps. 3G peak data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) are up to 3.1 Mbps down and 1.8 Mbps up, and average download speeds of 600 kbps - 1.4 Mbps.

Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot also includes built-in GPS capability (on 3G), MicroSD slot for up to 16 GB memory cards creating shared storage with up to five connected devices, and an extended Wi-Fi range of up to 150 feet.

The device will go on sale on January 10 for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement.

The silicon inside is the Beceem 250 (WiMax) & MC5728 (CDMA module with QSC6085).