Sunday, January 10, 2010

Telegent Announces Design Wins for Mobile TV

Malata, a top 50 China consumer electronics company, has selected Telegent Systems' television-on-a-chip solution for a mini-TV design. Malata's mini-TV is the first standalone TV+FM consumer electronics product based on Telegent's technology, enabling consumers to receive the same live television broadcasts that they view on larger conventional TV sets, while on the go.

Malata's mini-TV is a portable television with a screen size of 2.4, 2.8 or 3.0 inches, supporting global analog television standards NTSC, PAL and SECAM.

Telegent said its TLG1120 television-on-a-chip enables the mini-TV to deliver superior picture quality and low-power consumption under mobile and portable conditions.

In addition, MobilMAX, a Taiwanese ODM, has incorporated Telegent's analog mobile TV receiver into two CDMA TV handset designs that were recently launched. With these designs, MobilMAX brings together its expertise in CDMA and GSM technologies and operator-grade solutions with a free-to-air TV feature that enables consumers to view the same live TV programming that they watch on conventional TV sets. MobilMAX's analog TV handsets include the C889MA, a slim metal design with a high quality QCIF display, and the CG968A, a dual-mode CDMA/GSM handset with a 2.4" QVGA touchscreen.

Aruba Updates its AirWave Multi-Vendor Network Management

Aruba Networks announced a major upgrade to its AirWave multi-vendor network management solution, including the ability to integrate the management of wireless networks, wired infrastructure, and client devices into a single interface.

Aruba's AirWave 7 provides a single point of visibility and control for the entire network edge. New features include:

  • New AirWave Mobile Device Manager (MDM) module: Provides over-the-air management of business-critical devices ranging from handheld devices to self-service kiosks to wireless printers.

  • Wired infrastructure management: The AirWave Management Platform (AMP) now manages edge switches from Cisco and HP to provide integrated wired and wireless management. AMP can map upstream relationships between APs, controllers, and switches enabling root-cause analysis for scenarios such as a down AP - accelerating time to problem resolution.

  • Improvements to open architecture: XML API eases integration between AirWave 7 and the rest of the IT operations infrastructure. The use of open standards makes valuable AirWave data accessible to virtually any application developer without specialized knowledge of the AirWave platform.

  • Customizable user interface and dashboards: AirWave administrators can create customized views for specific roles, such as service desk personnel or executives, so that each person sees the information that is most useful. Users can also create and save customized reports and incorporate report components in their personalized dashboards.

  • Support for state-of-the-art wireless infrastructure: Includes support for Aruba's newest products and management capabilities.

Significantly, Aruba said the MDM capabilities would enable business to better control the growing number of iPhones and other smartphones appearing on the corporate network. This includes the ability to monitor, diagnose and solve connectivity issues for a wide range of devices across multi-vendor WLANs.

Etisalat selects Alcatel-Lucent's GPON

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Etisalat to speed up the deployment of its nationwide FTTH network in the UAE. In this multi-million Euro deal, Etisalat will utilize Alcatel-Lucent's GPON platform to connect 50,000 households and business customers. The contract includes the 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) GPON-based platform, and the related Alcatel-Lucent 5520 Access Management System. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is supplying a range of optical network terminals (ONTs) and will provide Etisalat with its professional services expertise - including project management, installation, commissioning and training.

"This contract is a key milestone for Alcatel-Lucent as it further strengthens our prominent position in the global - and UAE - FTTH market," said Amr El Leithy, President of Alcatel-Lucent's business in the Middle East and Africa.

Green Touch Initiative Seeks Fundamental Gains in Network Efficiency

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs has organized a consortium of leading researchers to create the technologies needed to make communications networks 1000 times more energy efficient than they are today. Specifically, the Green Touch initiative aims to develop and demonstrate fundamental technologies within five years that could lead to radical redesign of how networks are built and operated.

Researchers at Bell Labs calculate that wireless networks theoretically could be 10,000 times more energy efficient than they are today. Optical networks, in principle, could reach energy efficiency levels even lower than that. Significant efficiency gains could be possible by rethinking and improving transport, circuits, coding and protocols. Working groups will be established in each of these areas. The five year plan is to create a reference network architecture and demonstrations of the key components required to realize this improvement.

The consortium hopes to draw on expertise across the industry and around the world. Initial members of the Green Touch initiative include:

  • AT&T

  • Bell Labs

  • China Mobile

  • CEA-LETI Applied Research Institute for Microelectronics

  • Freescale Semiconductor

  • Foundation for Mobile Communications

  • IMEC

  • The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA)

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Research Laboratory for Electronics (RLE)

  • Portugal Telecom

  • Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT)

  • Stanford University's Wireless Systems Lab (WSL)

  • Swisscom

  • Telefonica

  • University of Melbourne's Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES)
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The first meeting will be held in February in New Jersey.

"Truly global challenges have always been best addressed by bringing together the brightest minds in an unconstrained, creative environment. This was what we used when putting a man on the moon and is the same approach we need to implement to address the global climate crisis. The Green Touch initiative is an example of such a response - bringing together scientists and technologists from around the world and from many different disciplines in an environment of open innovation to attack the problem from many different directions," said Dr. Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy.

CA Acquires Oblicore for IT Service Level Management

CA has acquired privately-held Oblicore, a provider of Service Level Management (SLM) software for enterprises and service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CA said the acquisition strengthens its s ability to set, measure and optimize service levels to meet business expectations across enterprise and cloud environments. Specifically, Oblicore's solutions also extend CA's capabilities in cloud vendor management and assurance of cloud service quality. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Oblicore's customers include AT&T, ABN AMRO, British Telecom, Cable & Wireless, France Telecom, ING, Lufthansa Systems, Siemens Medical Solutions, and T-Systems. Oblicore's solutions help these organizations to design, monitor and manage service level agreements across their IT service portfolio in business terms.

Cisco Restructures Asia Pacific and Japan Operations

Cisco announced a restructuring of its operations in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Effective February 2010, the company will create three theaters that will enable a more focused strategy and investment of resources to countries within the region.

China P.R.C., Hong Kong and Taiwan, formerly part of the Asia Pacific Theater, will now form a separate Greater China Theater. The remaining countries in Asia Pacific will form the Asia Pacific Theater and Cisco's Japanese operations will continue as the Japan Theater.

The new Greater China Theater will be led by Owen Chan, President and CEO, Greater China Theater, reporting to Robert Lloyd, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations. Chan joined Cisco in 1999 and has been President of Cisco's Asia Pacific region for the past five years. He will be relocating from Hong Kong to Beijing, China.

Jim Sherriff will continue in his role of developing and leading Cisco's cross-functional execution of the company's overall China strategy including government affairs, supply chain, product development, corporate affairs, corporate development and strategic alliances.

In addition to his current responsibilities leading Cisco Japan, Edzard Overbeek will assume leadership of the Asia Pacific Theater. As President, Asia Pacific and Japan Theaters, he will continue reporting to Robert Lloyd.

PAETEC Standardizes on Cisco IP NGN

PAETEC, which offers communications services for medium and large businesses, enterprise organizations and institutions across the U.S., will standardize on Cisco® Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network edge and core platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The network will include Cisco 7600 Series Routers to enable personalized edge-based services, supporting interfaces from T1 to multi-gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Celtro Picks Metaswitch MPLS and IP Routing for Mobile Backhaul

Celtro, a leading supplier of mobile backhaul access switches, has selected Metaswitch Networks' MPLS and IP Routing network protocol software products for Celtro's DynaMate product family.

The use of Metaswitch's IP/MPLS network protocol software products enables Celtro's solutions to support advanced IP/MPLS network capabilities, while offering smooth migration for mobile backhaul networks from ATM to IP/MPLS.

"Our mobile operators customers are looking for maximum flexibility in their backhaul networks," said Shahar Gorodeisky, Celtro's CTO. "As they migrate from ATM to IP/MPLS, they want the ability to run all those technologies in parallel, with the same SLA, and the same features. It allows these operators to use Celtro's unique technologies such as virtual bonding, HSPA services classification, and traffic optimization but over an MPLS transport network. Metaswitch's MPLS network protocol software helps us to achieve this goal."

Stephen C. Hassell to Lead Emerson Network Power Division for Data Center Mgt

Emerson announced the combination of its Aperture and Avocent businesses into a new division that will be led by Stephen C. Hassell, who has served as vice president and chief information officer for Emerson for the past five years.

The new division is part of Emerson Network Power and is headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. The unit combines Avocent's management systems division -- which offers access and control of the physical aspects of network devices and servers -- with Aperture's powerful infrastructure software for a robust portfolio of data center infrastructure management solutions. Emerson acquired Avocent in December 2009 and Aperture in February 2008.

The OIF to Host Public Workshop on 25-Gig Electrical Interfaces

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is hosting a workshop on Common Electrical Interface (CEI) for 25- and 28-Gig on Monday, February 1, 2010 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, California. This workshop is open to the public and OIF members. An agenda is posted online.

"The OIF is hosting this workshop to draw in other communities to participate in broadening the application space for the CEI Implementation Agreement," said David Stauffer of IBM Corp. and the OIF's Physical and Link Layer Working Group Chair. "We are looking for input both to provide a robust CEI specification to the industry, and to develop additional projects for future specifications that are needed by the industry."

Tyco Electronics Appoints President, Communications & Industrial Solutions

Tyco Electronics Ltdappointed Charles (Chuck) P. Dougherty as President of its Communications & Industrial Solutions (CIS) business unit, replacing Minoru (Mooch) Okamoto who has announced his intention to retire. Dougherty rejoins Tyco Electronics from Harris Corporation, where he recently completed the integration of the Wireless Systems business sold by Tyco Electronics to Harris in May 2009.

Dougherty joined Tyco Electronics in 2006 as President of the Wireless Systems business. Prior to that, he worked 25 years for Motorola as Vice President and General Manager of the Voice & Data Solutions Group for Motorola's Connected Home Solutions (CHS) business. At Motorola, he also served as Vice President and General Manager of Transmission Networks Systems, General Manager for North American VoIP, and Vice President of Marketing for Motorola Broadband's Transmission Network Systems business unit.

Koen Resigns as CEO of Savvis

Phil Koen resigned as CEO of Savvis. The company announced that James E. Ousley will serve as interim chief executive officer until the company names a replacement. Jim Ousley has served as non-executive chairman of Savvis since May 2006 and as a director since April 2002.

Saviss also reaffirmed its 2009 guidance, which calls for adjusted EBITDA of $215 to $220 million, total cash CAPEX guidance between $120 and $140 million, cash interest expense of approximately $40 to $45 million, and adjusted free cash flow of $40 to $50 million.http:///

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.