Monday, July 12, 2010

M.A.D. Offers Enterprise Security for iPhones, iPads

M.A.D. Partners released a cloud-based, enterprise mobile security solution that forces all iPhone, iPad and iTouch traffic through a fully managed firewall. Mobile Active Defense Enterprise UTM (Unified Threat Management) provides email security, anti-virus, spam and malware detection and removal, encryption, VPN, a granular policy driven firewall, inventory control, provisioning, compliance filtering and extensive reporting.

Internet2 and NOAA to Build New Climate Research Network

Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced plans for a new high capacity research network called "NWave" that will be built using 10 Gbps dedicated waves on the national Internet2 Network.

NWave, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will provide dedicated, high speed, and high capacity connection between climate and weather researchers and NOAA's key high performance computing sites across the nation.

Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) will provide 24x7x365 professional network support as it does for the Internet2 Network and other advanced research and education networks in the country.

"The Internet2 community is excited to be an enabler of NOAA's critical climate and weather research. The Internet2 Network will connect researchers across the country to the high-performance computing resources that are an absolute requirement for the kinds of distributed, collaborative environmental observations and analyses that will unleash the next wave of discoveries about our natural world," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of network services.

Harmonic Milestone: One Million QAMs Shipped

Harmonic announced a company milestone -- the shipment of more than one million QAMs to cable service providers worldwide.

Harmonic's edgeQAM technology powers video-on-demand (VOD), broadcast, switched digital video (SDV), modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) and cable IPTV services that serve more than 50 million cable TV subscribers around the world. The company said eighteen of the 20 largest MSOs in the United States, in addition to Tier 1 MSOs in Europe and Asia, have deployed Harmonic's NSG edgeQAMs.

Level 3 Connects at Equinix London

Level 3 Communications has activated a new access node in Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) London 4/London5 (LD4/5) data center campus located on the outskirts of London. The access node will link the Equinix LD4/5 IBX campus directly with three of Level 3's transatlantic routes to New York, improving diversity and lowering the latency on the route between the UK and North America. Specifically, the new access node provides direct connectivity to three transatlantic routes; Yellow, AC-1 and Apollo North.

Amazon Debuts High-performance Computing (HPC) Cloud Service is launching a high-performance computing (HPC) cloud service that enables applications to run up to 8.5X faster than its existing cloud computing offering.

Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2 is designed for high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other demanding network-bound applications. Amazon said it is able to deliver the same high compute and networking performance provided by custom-built infrastructure while benefiting from the elasticity, flexibility and cost advantages of Amazon EC2.

"Businesses and researchers have long been utilizing Amazon EC2 to run highly parallel workloads ranging from genomics sequence analysis and automotive design to financial modeling. At the same time, these customers have told us that many of their largest, most complex workloads required additional network performance," said Peter De Santis, General Manager of Amazon EC2. "Cluster Compute Instances provide network latency and bandwidth that previously could only be obtained with expensive, capital intensive, custom-built compute clusters. For perspective, in one of our pre-production tests, an 880 server sub-cluster achieved 41.82 TFlops on a LINPACK test run - we're very excited that Amazon EC2 customers now have access to this type of HPC performance with the low per-hour pricing, elasticity, and functionality they have come to expect from Amazon EC2."

BridgeWave Cites Growing Adoption of Millimeter Wave Backhaul

The overall 60-70-80 GHz market increased 46 percent globally from 2008 to 2009 even as the overall point-to-point (PTP) microwave radio market declined almost 11 percent, according to a new market report from EJL Wireless Research. In addition, FCC registration data in 2010 for 70/80 GHz installations increased over 400 percent compared to 2009.

BridgeWave Communications, which is listed in the report as the leading global supplier of 60-70-80 GHz millimeter wave systems for 2009, said the growth in millimeter deployments is coming from both etwork operators and enterprise companies.

"The evolution of mobile networks is a key driver for millimeter wave high capacity radios as operators and service providers look to enhance their networks to manage consumer demand for more bandwidth," said Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave. "Data-hungry devices such as smart phones and netbooks have highlighted the importance of high capacity backhaul as operators look to alleviate network congestion."

"We noted in our report that the overall point-to-point (PTP) microwave radio market declined by 10.9 percent in 2009, however a bright spot in this segment was that shipments of 60-70-80 GHz millimeter wave radios increased by 46 percent, with BridgeWave leading that segment of the market for the third year in a row," said Earl Lum, founder and president of EJL Wireless Research.

Slic Selects Occam for GPON Deployment

Slic Network Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nicholville Telephone, has chosen Occam Networks' BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to deliver advanced broadband services to more than 700 households and 39 businesses and anchor institutions in remote western Franklin County, NY.

As part of a $5.2 million broadband stimulus fiber project, Slic will offer triple play services including three tiers of high-speed Internet and IPTV. The project will be funded through a combination of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants and loans and will extend communication options to a region that is currently unserved.

Slic, which has already begun working on the Franklin County project, will deploy a 100 percent fiber optic-based network over 136 miles of cable across five townships and the surrounding areas. Slic will utilize GPON technologies on Occam's BLC 6000 MSAP for the deployment, including the BLC 6322 GPON Optical Line Termination. Residential, business and community organization environments will be supported by the ON 2541 Optical Network Terminal (ONT).

Sycamore Targets Adaptive Content Optimization for the RAN

Sycamore Networks is developing mobile broadband optimization solution aimed at dramatically reducing congestion in the radio access network caused by rising demand for Internet video and other rich media applications. The goal is to reduce the traffic traveling across the RAN by looking into the user content flows and optimally delivering the content.

Sycamore said its forthcoming IQstream mobile broadband optimization solution will dynamically adapt to changing traffic patterns, including during peak usage periods and flash events, while maintaining full transparency to 3GPP radio network protocols and operations including critical core-based functions such as billing, policy control, and lawful intercept. The solution can be selectively deployed to parts of the RAN with the highest loads. The company claims its algorithms can deliver burst savings performance during peak usage periods as high as 90%. Other product specifics have not yet been disclosed.

"IQstream takes a unique approach to optimizing video and other rich media content traversing the RAN, employing sophisticated adaptive algorithms that self-tune in response to dynamic traffic behavior to ensure consistent service performance as mobile broadband usage patterns, applications, and devices evolve," said Kevin Oye, vice president of systems and technology, Sycamore Networks.

Sycamore anticipates that IQstream will be available in Q4 2010.

Alvarion to Support TDD-LTE

Alvarion will support the forthcoming TD-LTE standard as part of its flagship 4Motion WiMAX platform, which encompasses its BreezeMAX family of base stations and antennas, ASN-GW
gateways, and OSS/BSS solutions.

Alvarion's strategy is to continue to actively drive WiMAX standardization activities, ecosystem development and WiMAX products. However, the company will also extend support for 4G networks that use TDD (Time Division Duplexing) spectrum, enabling these operators to take advantage of an expanding device ecosystem based on LTE in relevant frequencies as it develops.

The company said the trend in wireless spectrum availability around the globe supports the fact that unpaired TDD spectrum will have an even greater role to play for broadband wireless deployments in the future. TDD spectrum uses unpaired channels that combine the uplink and downlink, and split resources on the basis of real-time demand. TDD spectrum is relatively plentiful, cost effective and creates attractive opportunities for broadband applications over this spectrum.

Alvarion expects to engage in TD-LTE field trials in the first quarter of 2011.

Alvarion noted that it was first to offer a 4G platform using TDD spectrum in early 2006, and its 4Motion solution was designed to optimize networks using this spectrum.

"Our primary aim is to offer tailored broadband wireless solutions which can also evolve along with customers' needs. Our development effort over the past two years has been designed to accommodate the support for TD-LTE as a natural extension of our existing solution," said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. "We are moving full speed ahead both with our ongoing WiMAX development to bring the latest 802.16e enhancements, as well as incorporating TD-LTE into our platform. This approach allows our customers to offer the latest 4G features currently available and will also enable them to leverage the LTE device ecosystem as it evolves."

Tyco Electronics to Acquire ADC for $1.25 Billion

Tyco Electronics agreed to acquire ADC for $12.75 per share in cash, or an enterprise value of approximately $1.25 billion. The deal will position Tyco Electronics' Network Solutions segment as a leading global provider of broadband connectivity products to carrier and enterprise networks. ADC's connectivity product portfolio provides end-to-end network infrastructure solutions for central office, data center, outside plant and wireless network and cell-site deployments. Tyco Electronics' Network Solutions group supplies infrastructure components and systems for the communication service provider, building networks and energy markets, including connectors, above- and below-ground enclosures, heat shrink sleeves, cable accessories, surge arrestors, fiber optic cabling, copper cabling and racks for copper and fiber networks. The company is also a leader in developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining advanced fiber optic undersea networks.

The combined organization will offer a connectivity product portfolio for both wireless and wireline network operators. In addition to extended geographic reach, the deal will provide Tyco with ADC's Distributed Antenna System (DAS) products, which extend mobile network coverage into commercial buildings. Additionally, Tyco Electronics will add ADC's professional services organization in the US to its business.

ADC reported FY 2009 annual sales of $1.15 billion. Approximately 35% of the company's sales are international. The company has 9,000 employees and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.

In addition, Tyco Electronics reported preliminary results for the fiscal third quarter ended June 25, 2010. The company reported sales of $3.1 billion, an increase of 23 percent over the prior year quarter and up 4 percent sequentially. GAAP EPS were $0.72 in the quarter which included $0.02 per share of income related to other items net of restructuring charges. Adjusted EPS were $0.70 in the quarter. The company's book-to-bill ratio was 1.06 for the quarter and 1.08 excluding Subsea Communications.
  • In May 2009, Tyco Electronics acquired the assets of Zarlink Semiconductor's Optical Products for approximately US$15 million in cash.

  • ADC was founded in 1935 by Ralph Allison to build audio products as well as amplifiers and transformers for the broadcast industry.

GSA Tracks Rapid Rise in HSPA Devices on the Market

The number of HSPA mobile broadband devices launched in the market has soared to 2,579 according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), which represents GSM/EDGE/WCDMA-HSPA/LTE suppliers.

This represents more than 48% expansion in the number of HSPA devices on the market since October 2009. The number of suppliers increased from 190 to 235 in the same period.

Some other notes:

  • The number of devices supporting HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) has increased 110% since October 2009 to 724 models. More than half (364) support, or are easily upgradeable for 5.76 Mbps peak or higher data speed.

  • Smartphones are another strong growth segment. Approximately 1 in 3 models of HSPA phones launched in the market today incorporate WiFi and GPS technologies.

  • Over 55% of HSPA devices support a peak data speed of at least 7.2 Mbps on the downlink (excluding notebooks and e-book readers). 50 HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) devices have been launched.

  • The main HSPA band globally is 2100 MHz.

  • Excluding notebooks and e-book readers, 401 HSPA devices i.e. 19% can operate in the 900 MHz band.

  • The 850 MHz band is very well supported by 940 devices (excluding notebooks and e-book readers). The 850/2100 MHz frequency combination is supported by 806 devices, and 690 tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz devices enable global roaming.

  • GSA recently confirmed that mobile broadband service is now commercially available on 357 HSPA networks in 148 countries.

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.