Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ubiquisys Secures $9 Million for its Femtocells

Ubiquisys, a developer of 3G femtocells, secured $9 million in new funding. In the past twelve months Ubiquisys has met a number of strategic milestones, including contracts with SFR in France and SoftBank, which is offering its femtocells for free in Japan and driving massive consumer demand. The company said its Femto-Engine software system has enabled the only femtocell with a wholesale price below $100.

The funding round was led by 5 Continents Consulting Group (5CCG), with participation from new investor Yasuda Enterprise Development Co. and existing investors Advent Venture Partners, Accel Partners and Atlas Venture.

Ubiquisys is based in Swindon, UK.

Extreme Networks Raises Financial Guidance

Extreme Networks updated its financial guidance for its 2010 fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended June 27, 2010. The company now expects to report revenue in a range of $84-$86 million, compared to its prior expectations of $82-$85 million. Full results are expected August 2, 2010.

AppliedMicro Introduces 10GBASE-T IC

AppliedMicro introduced its Triveni family of dual and quad port, low power 100/1000/10GBASE-T physical layer ICs (PHYs) for next gen data center equipment. The 10GBASE-T technology provides up to 100m of data center cabling and offers a lower cost alternative to top-of-rack and short-reach optical solutions.

The company said it is entering this market with technology that overcomes issues that have impeded the rollout of 10GBASE-T to date, namely, power consumption and noise interference from walkie-talkies, cell phones and other wireless devices. AppliedMicro said the attenuation of a 10Gbps signal over media such as a Cat6A cable, even a small amount of RF interference can overwhelm the input signal at the receiver, making it potentially impossible for the DSP to correctly identify and reconstruct the signal. This results in dropped links for the duration of the interference. In the absence of EMI cancellation techniques, 10GBASE-T PHYs go to "fast retrain" to re-establish a dropped link within 30 milliseconds. This results in the loss of Ethernet packets, making it unsuitable for a large number of applications.

AppliedMicro's Triveni family is addressing this problem by employing patent pending EMI cancellation techniques that would prevent a 10GBASE-T link from dropping in the presence of RF interference created by overhead air traffic communications, television signals and walkie talkies.

The Triveni family offers a power dissipation of approximately 3.5W at full 10Gbps rate while operating in 100m mode on a CAT6A cable. Dynamic power scaling further reduces the power for shorter cable reaches and intra-rack applications.

A footprint of 21x21 mm for the dual and 27x27 mm for the quad make Triveni solutions suitable for network interface card/host bus adapter (NIC/HBA), LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) or high-density switch card applications.

AppliedMicro offers various energy-efficient modes in the Triveni family, including WOL, EEE and link power detect modes to help alleviate data center power usage. Depending on link utilization and system requirements the Triveni PHY can save significant amounts of power. Smart MAC offload features can power down other components on the card to further reduce system power.

Samples of the Triveni family will be available in Q3 2010.

Widevine Enhances Video Optimization Platform with Dolby Digital Plus

Widevine will support Dolby Digital Plus in its video optimization and digital rights management (DRM) platform to bring the movie theater-like experience directly to the living room via the Internet.

Dolby Digital Plus is a versatile, scalable digital audio coding technology that extends the capabilities of Dolby Digital, delivering up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. It supports a wide range of bit rates to ensure optimized sound quality and efficiency to match available bandwidth. It also enables advanced applications such as multiple-program support and audio stream mixing.

Widevine's video optimization platform includes adaptive streaming and virtual DVD features such as trick play and chaptering, creating a DVD-like viewing experience on content delivered over the Internet.

Ericsson Showcases TD-LTE with China Mobile

At a China Mobile event in Shanghai, Ericsson (showcased its complete end-to-end TD-LTE solution for the first time. Ericsson has previously verified a single user peak rate of 110Mbps in the downlink for its TD-LTE solution. This demonstration was performed with a USB dongle with a TD-LTE chipset from ST-Ericsson.

Ericsson has introduced a new base station as part of its TD-LTE offering. The design is based on its latest RBS 6000 multi-standard base station. The company said it will be capable of supporting LTE Advanced technology in the future.

E-Band Supplies 80 GHz GigE Wireless Backhaul for Clearwire's 4G

E-Band Communications confirmed that its E-Link wireless platform is providing a hi-capacity backhaul solution for Clearwire's 4G network. E-Band said its wireless technology is being deployed in a number of Clearwire's 4G markets, with initial deployments in Chicago and Philadelphia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

E-Band's Gigabit-Ethernet wireless point-to-point systems allow Clearwire to build wireless backhaul rings that carry multiple gigabits of traffic on the most advanced 4G network in the nation.

"We are truly excited to have been selected by Clearwire," said Sam Smookler, CEO and co-founder of E-band. "Consumers have come to expect high speed internet access no matter where they are, and regardless of the device they are using. E-Band's high-capacity radios provide the foundation for the network infrastructure that enables wireless carriers to offer their customers fast and reliable connections using their home or business PC's, laptops or other mobile devices. Clearwire offers an internet experience comparable to that of a fixed broadband connection. With our E-Link 1000EXR backhaul solution, they have the extra capacity and bandwidth to grow their 4G network and subscriber base nationwide, while maintaining their commitment to industry-leading mobile broadband customer satisfaction."
  • In March 2010, E-Band Communications Corporation, a developer of 70/80 GHz point-to-point wireless backhaul solutions, announced an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement under which Aviat Networks will market and support E-Band's radios worldwide. E-Band's flagship product is the E-Link 1000EXR, a full duplex fiber-equivalent speed Gigabit Ethernet point-to-point radio which provides +22 dBm of output power and extremely low latency (<5us).

Skyworks Supplies LTE PA module for Samsung's USB Modem

Skyworks Solutions supplied an LTE power amplifier (PA) module for Samsung's new 4G USB modem -- the world's first LTE-commercialized device. Samsung's USB modem incorporates Samsung's in-house developed LTE modem chip supporting the 2.6 gigahertz (GHz) band for LTE service. The LTE modem complies with the latest 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) LTE Release 8 (Rel-8) standard.

Skyworks' SKY77706 LTE PA module, which is designed for multiple handset and data card applications, is a fully matched, surface mount module developed for LTE/EUTRAN applications. This small and efficient module packs full coverage of LTE FDD Band VII into a single compact package. The device meets the stringent spectral linearity requirements of LTE modulation with QPSK/16QAM modulations from 1.4 megahertz (MHz) to 20 MHz bandwidth and full or partial resource block allocations with high power added efficiency (PAE).

NetLogic Debuts 10/40/100 Ethernet PHY for Data Centers

NetLogic Microsystems released a low power 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY for next-generation data center applications. The new NLP1342 PHY is a quad-port device that integrates receive equalization and transmit pre-emphasis technologies with ultra low latency. It supports 10Gbps SFI-to-XFI, 40Gbps XLPPI-to-XLAUI and 100Gbps CPPI-to-CAUI modes to enable a seamless migration of data centers from 10 Gigabit to 100 Gigabit throughputs.

NetLogic said its new NLP1342 PHY is distinguished by an enhanced equalizer front end that enables lower jitter, lower latency as well as communications over extended cable distances. It also delivers an ultra-low power profile of 0.5 Watt/channel, making it the lowest power dissipating 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY device in the industry to enable energy-efficient data centers. This again compares favorably when compared to other optical and twin-ax cabling PHY devices, as well 10GBase-T PHY devices.

Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Platform appliance

Microsoft introduced its Windows Azure platform appliance -- a turnkey cloud services platform for deployment in customer and service provider data centers. Dell, eBay, Fujitsu and HP are early adopters of a limited production release of the appliance.

Microsoft said its new Windows Azure platform appliance consists of Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure and a Microsoft-specified configuration of network, storage and server hardware. The appliance is optimized for scale out applications and datacenter efficiency across hundreds to tens of thousands of servers. Large enterprises and service provider partners deploying the appliance in their data centers will have the benefits of the cloud services that Microsoft offers today, while maintaining physical control of location, regulatory compliance and data. The appliance offers the ability to scale up and down from one to thousands of application instances depending on demand.

Microsoft also disclosed details regarding a project code named "Dallas" -- an information service powered by the Windows Azure platform that provides developers and information workers access to third-party premium data sets and Web services.

Dell Plans Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Appliance

Dell intends to use Microsoft's Windows Azure platform appliance as a part of its Dell Services Cloud to develop and deliver next-generation cloud services. The Windows Azure platform appliance will allow Dell to deliver private and public cloud services for Dell and its enterprise, public, small and medium-sized business customers. Dell will also work with Microsoft to develop a Dell-powered Windows Azure platform appliance for enterprise organizations to run in their data centers.

HP to Offer a Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Appliance

HP and Microsoft are collaborating on a Microsoft Windows Azure platform appliance that will enable large enterprise customers to adopt cloud-based applications. The companies will work together to deliver a complete hardware, software, services and sourcing solution. Customers will be able to manage the appliance with HP Converged Infrastructure on-premises or choose HP data center hosting services.

The companies said this latest collaboration extends the $250 million Infrastructure-to-Application initiatives announced in January and will result in HP delivering:

  • Data center hosting services -- HP Enterprise Services will combine deep systems management expertise, standardized processes and world-class secure data centers to manage the Windows Azure platform appliances for HP customers. HP and Microsoft plan to release a limited production Windows Azure platform appliance for deployment in HP data centers by the end of the year.

  • Converged Infrastructure for Windows Azure -- HP's current position as a primary infrastructure provider for the Windows Azure platform, coupled with HP and Microsoft's ongoing efforts to optimize Microsoft applications for HP's Converged Infrastructure through extensive joint engineering and development, will allow HP to deliver an industry-leading cloud deployment experience for its customers.

  • Application modernization, migration and integration services for Windows applications -- HP's expertise in complex environments, specific industries, frameworks, processes and resources will help customers modernize, migrate and integrate their applications while balancing costs and speed when adopting the Windows Azure platform.

"Microsoft and HP will align engineering, sales and professional services to provide enterprise customers a full-range of cloud services and technologies where they want it and how they want it," said Bob Muglia, president of Server and Tools Business, Microsoft Corp.

CENX Appoints Former AT&T Exec as CEO

CENX, which operates Carrier Ethernet exchanges, announced the appointment of Sanford (Sandy) Brown
as its Chief Executive Officer. Sandy comes to CENX from AT&T, where he was responsible for multi-billion dollar lines of business, including the successful development and deployment of AT&T's Carrier Ethernet services.

"Carrier Ethernet exchanges are clearly the critical enabler for worldwide scalability and ubiquity of Carrier Ethernet services," said Sandy Brown. "With its first mover advantage and thought leadership, CENX has the talent, commitment, and exclusive focus that leading carriers require to efficiently and effectively scale their Ethernet businesses."

"We are delighted to welcome Sandy to an already industry-leading team of veteran telecom executives. Sandy's addition is perfectly timed to CENX's accelerating global expansion and fast growing business operations," said Nan Chen, co-Founder and President of CENX.

VoLGA Forum Expands Voice-Over-LTE Capabilities

The Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum released an updated set of specifications for delivering mobile voice and SMS services over LTE. New features and capabilities include:

  • the use of VoLGA over HSPA;

  • support for SIM-less emergency calling;

  • optimized voice-bearer routing; and

  • host APIs for LTE handsets.

"We are pleased to see that the VoLGA Forum has continued to add valuable new capabilities to the specifications," said Karl-Heinz Nenner, chairman of the VoLGA Forum. "Voice continues to be a critical service for next-generation mobile networks. The additional features make VoLGA a very complete solution."

The VoLGA Forum has 19 member companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Ditech Networks, GENBAND, HTC, Huawei, Kineto Wireless, LG Electronics, Mavenir, Motorola, Samsung, Sonus, SPA, Tecore Networks, Ulticom, Vitendo, WiChorus and ZTE.

Fujitsu and Indiana University Research Fiber Dispersion

Researchers form Fujitsu and Indiana University (IU) have found that Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL) in fiber, which previously had been considered a minor fiber impairment, can actually have a significant effect on 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps transmission capability. Indiana University provided Fujitsu with access to both buried and aerial fibers so PDL could be measured in a real-world setting.

Fujitsu and IU announced that theoretical and experimental research confirms the existence of Polarization Dependent Splice Loss (PDSL), and further research correlates PDSL and overall fiber connection loss to PDL.

The Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center (IU Global NOC) provides engineering and operations services for IU's statewide fiber optic network, for leading high-performance research and education (R&E) networks, and for international connections to U.S. and global R&E networks, as well as support of grid operations. The IU Global NOC provided dark fiber, equipment, and support for the experiments.

For a copy of the research report, contact Motoyoshi Sekiya at

Sprint Launches More 4G Markets

Sprint launched its WiMAX-based 4G service in Rochester, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Merced, Calif., Visalia, Calif., Eugene, Ore., Tri-Cities, Wash., and Yakima, Wash. These deployments mark the first 4G Sprint launches for New York and California. Sprint now offers 4G in 43 markets and expects to have 4G service in many more -- including Los Angeles, New York and Miami -- by the end of 2010.

Friday, July 9, 2010

EchoStar XV Satellite Successfully Launched

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the EchoStar XV satellite aboard a Proton rocket. The EchoStar XV launch was the 24th successful consecutive Proton launch in 24 months, and the second ILS Proton launch of a DISH Network satellite this year.

The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) on the flight-proven 1300 platform, weighing 5,521 kg at separation. EchoStar XV, located at 61.5 degrees West, is poised to provide expanded services, including HD programming, for DISH Network's more than 14 million direct-to-home television subscribers in the U.S.

EchoStar Satellite Services, which manages DISH Network's space programs and will begin in-orbit testing of the satellite later this month.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aviat Networks Cites Component Shortages

Aviat Networks updated its revenue guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter ending July 2, 2010, saying it now expects revenue to be in the range of $115 - $120 million. The company attributed the revenue shortfall from previous expectations primarily to component shortages and unexpected delays during the transition from in-house to contract manufacturing.

Chuck Kissner, Chairman and CEO of Aviat Networks, commented, "The Board of Directors and I are not satisfied with the Company's operational and financial performance in recent quarters. Since being appointed as CEO two weeks ago, I have initiated a comprehensive review of our business in order to develop a focused strategic and operational plan. With this in place, we plan to move promptly and decisively to put Aviat Networks on track to restore profitability and establish a platform to drive sustainable revenue growth."

BT Announces Union Agreement

BT announced an agreement with the CWU labour union specifying a new pay package for team members. This package, which has been agreed by the union's executive, will now be recommended to union members in a consultative ballot. This ballot will take place within the next few weeks.

Having failed to reach agreement on a one or two year deal, the two sides have instead agreed on an unprecedented thirty nine month deal that will take both sides through until March 2013. This deal will provide BT with wage stability for several years.

The agreement will see team members receive pensionable pay rises worth 3 per cent each financial year from April 2010 to March 2013 with the rise being backdated to January 2010. The union had previously demanded a 5 per cent rise for 2010/11 alone.

BT had previously offered a 2 per cent pensionable pay rise from April 2010 and a 3 per cent rise from January 2011. The company had also offered lump sum payments worth up to £500 for each team member but these have now been removed given the revised terms over thirty nine months.

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