Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IBM Advances its CMOS Nanophotonics

IBM announced significant advances in its path to integrate electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon. The new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics, which is the result of a decade of development at IBM's global Research laboratories, promises over 10X improvement in integration density than is feasible with current manufacturing techniques.



IBM said it anticipates that Silicon Nanophotonics will dramatically increase the speed and performance between chips. In addition to combining electrical and optical devices on a single chip, the new IBM technology can be produced on the front-end of a standard CMOS manufacturing line. Transistors can share the same silicon layer with silicon nanophotonics devices. To make this approach possible, IBM researchers have developed a suite of integrated ultra-compact active and passive silicon nanophotonics devices that are all scaled down to the diffraction limit -- the smallest size that dielectric optics can afford. This makes possible the integration of modulators, germanium photodetectors and ultra-compact wavelength-division multiplexers with high-performance analog and digital CMOS circuitry.


"The development of the Silicon Nanophotonics technology brings the vision of on-chip optical interconnections much closer to reality," said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president, Science and Technology, IBM Research. "With optical communications embedded into the processor chips, the prospect of building power-efficient computer systems with performance at the Exaflop level is one step closer to reality."


"Our CMOS Integrated Nanophotonics breakthrough promises unprecedented increases in silicon chip function and performance via ubiquitous low-power optical communications between racks, modules, chips or even within a single chip itself," said Dr. Yurii A. Vlasov, Manager of the Silicon Nanophotonics Department at IBM Research. "The next step in this advancement is to establishing manufacturability of this process in a commercial foundry using IBM deeply scaled CMOS processes."


IBM has been pursuing an ambitious Exascale computing program, which is aimed at developing a supercomputer that can perform one million trillion calculations—or an Exaflop—in a single second. This development is seen as a milestone along this path.
http://www.research.ibm.com/photonics
  • In March 2010, IBM announced a Germanium Avalanche Photodetector working at 40 Gbps with CMOS compatible voltages as low as 1.5V. This was the last piece of the puzzle that completes the prior development of the “nanophotonics toolbox�? of devices necessary to build the on-chip interconnects.


  • In March 2008, IBM scientists announced the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch for "directing traffic" in on-chip optical communications, ensuring that optical messages can be efficiently routed.


  • December 2007, IBM scientists announced the development of an ultra-compact silicon electro-optic modulator, which converts electrical signals into the light pulses, a prerequisite for enabling on-chip optical communications.


  • December 2006, IBM scientists demonstrated silicon nanophotonic delay line that was used to buffer over a byte of information encoded in optical pulses - a requirement for building optical buffers for on-chip optical communications.

Ericsson Acquires Nortel's R&D Group in Guangzhou, China

Ericsson will acquire certain assets of the Guangdong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment Company Ltd (GDNT) for US$50 million. GDNT is a leading research, development and manufacturing company based in China and an important supplier to Ericsson following the acquisitions of the CDMA and GSM businesses of Nortel.


GDNT was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Nortel, a Canadian Telecommunications Company and local Chinese corporations and telecom operators. The transaction also includes R&D facilities, manufacturing facilities as well as support and customer service in China. Some 1,100 employees, including approximately 550 R&D engineers will be integrated in to the Ericsson group over the coming months.
http://www.ericsson.com

Beceem Co-Founder Awarded IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, a co-founder of Beceem Communications, has been named the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the organization's most prestigious honor. Dr. Paulraj is a pioneer in MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) wireless technology, which relies on multiple radio antennas as both the transmitter and receiver to improve communications performance. An emeritus professor at Stanford University, where he supervises the Smart Antennas Research Group. He recently joined Broadcom through its acquisition of Beceem. Dr. Paulraj will continue as a senior technical advisor to Broadcom.


Dr. Paulraj is the author of two text books and more than 400 research papers and is an inventor on 50-plus U.S. patents. His IEEE recognitions include the Technical Achievement Award and several best paper awards. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and several other national academies in Sweden and India. He has also won more than a dozen national awards in India, including the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian awards. http://www.broadcom.com

Aricent offers "Total Testing" for Mobile

Aricent announced a "Total Testing" service aimed at telecom equipment manufacturers, communications service providers (CSPs), and mobile device makers. The service offers a specialized test facility in Newbury, United Kingdom, and highly qualified domain experts.


Vodafone UK is among the early users of the service.


The service is capable of testing 2G/2.5G/3G/3.5G networks. With this announcement, Aricent now provides comprehensive testing services for applications, mobile devices, and telecom equipment, including:


* Interoperability Testing: Testing for the interoperability of any network equipment element with access, backhaul, core and other applications in a real 2G/2.5G/3G/3.5G network


* Integration Testing: Ensuring complete integration of the equipment being tested with all 3rd party components that need to be directly connected in the core and access networks, as well as with external systems


* End-to-end Testing: Identification and evaluation of end-to-end key performance indicators (KPIs) in a live multi-vendor environment


* Device Certification: Network acceptance testing and certification, as international roaming capability testing of new mobile devices.
http://www.aricent.com/total_testing

MetroPCS Launches LTE in San Francisco Bay Area

MetroPCS Communications launched its LTE service in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering plans starting at $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees. Initially, METROPCS is providing Samsung Craft LTE handset with unlimited talk, text and enhanced entertainment and web browsing features.


MetroPCS now provides 4G LTE services in six metropolitan areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. MetroPCS has plans to expand its 4G services into more major metropolitan areas later this year and into early 2011, including Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Sacramento and Tampa.
http://www.metropcs.com/plans

NTT Comm. Builds Low Latency, Trans-Pacific Data Connections

NTT America is supplying major commodity exchanges, investment firms, and hedge funds with low latency routes available for transpacific data connections. NTT America is now offering off-the-shelf services between Chicago and Tokyo, and New York City and Tokyo, as well as industry leading service level agreements (SLAs), including some of the lowest transpacific latency available in the industry. These data routes have proven critical in the success of high-frequency trading (HFT) and algorithmic trading for the financial markets and are available through NTT America via NTT Communications' acquisition of Pacific Crossing and the PC-1 transpacific cable system.
http://www.us.ntt.com/

CERN Selects Brocade MLXe Core Routers

CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has selected Brocade MLXe Core Routers as part of a network infrastructure upgrade to support its high throughput computing (HTC) requirements and a data environment that exceeds 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) per year.


CERN operates a distributed computing network called the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) with a current non-blocking capacity of the core is in the region of 4.2 Tbps, and has doubled in the last two years. CERN projects that its capacity will reach more than 10 Tbps in 2011.


CERN's network upgrade will include the full range of Brocade MLXe-32, MLXe-16 and MLXe-8 routers with 100 GbE capabilities.


"The origins of the universe have intrigued mankind for generations, and CERN's work is pivotal in furthering our understanding," stated Alberto Soto, vice president EMEA at Brocade. "The volumes of data generated by the LHC's experiments are mind-blowing, but the WLCG collaboration has developed an extremely efficient method of collecting and analysing this information. With the addition of the Brocade MLXe solution, CERN is future-proofing its network to ensure that it continues its work, and Brocade is delighted to be part of this journey."http://www.brocade.com
  • In September 2010, Brocade introduced its MLXe Core Router and 100 GbE blade designed to address the exponential traffic surge that carriers are experiencing worldwide. Significantly, Brocade said its MLXe routers, which will be offered in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-slot configurations, enable new 100 GbE price/performance points that drive the 100G market forward for carrier core networks as well as next-generation virtualized data centers. The new 100 GbE blade also integrates with and operates across existing Brocade MLX, Brocade MLXe and NetIron XMR routers.


    The Brocade MLXe offers a 15.36 Terabits per second (Tbps) fabric, which is nine times the system capacity of competing routers. It provides four times the 100 GbE wire-speed density of existing systems, while its 4.8 billion packets per second performance provides five times the IPv6 forwarding capacity.

OIF Approves Security Agreement

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) approved a new Implementation Agreement (IA) for securing the control plane protocols specified in the OIF's UNI and E-NNI IAs. Specifically, the Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.0 IA specifies an optional-to-implement profile of IPsec for securing the control plane. It defines a complete, high-quality, interoperable system to secure all control plane traffic exchanged between two network elements. It also defines additional security services and mechanisms that implementations can include for fine-grained control of security.


In addition, members elected new working group chairs and board members. Newly elected to the OIF board of directors are Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, Lyndon Ong of Ciena, and Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks. Shukla will serve as the vice president, Ong as the vice president of marketing and Wuth as a board member.


The membership re-elected Martha Fratt of AT&T and Ghani Abbas of Ericsson as board members. Fratt will continue her role as the OIF treasurer/secretary.


Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent, an existing board member, will serve as the new president of the OIF. Rounding out the board of directors is Jeff Hutchins of Cisco Systems who continues to serve as a board member.


Newly elected working group chairs are Remi Theillaud of Marben Products as Architecture and Signaling Working Group chair and Tom Palkert of Luxtera as Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group chair. Torsten Wuth was re-elected as the Physical Layer User Group chair.
http://www.oiforum.com

GENBAND Opens in Ireland

GENBAND will establish an International Headquarters and Business Services Centre in Galway, Ireland. The expansion represents an EUR 8 million investment by the company and will create more than 100 new jobs. GENBAND's decision is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency).
http://www.genband.com

ASSIA Licenses its DSL Phantom Mode Technology

ASSIA Inc. is making available licenses to essential patents for DSL Phantom Mode Technology. DSL Phantom Mode significantly increases the speeds of DSL services provided over multiple copper pairs.


The key ASSIA invention that makes Phantom Mode communication practical is the DSL modems' discrimination between the deliberate phantom communication signals and the resultant undesirable crosstalk that these phantoms create through electromagnetic (radio) coupling between the pairs of wires. ASSIA's inventors discovered that this crosstalk could be removed by the application of vectoring, making Phantom Mode communication practical.


"Recent Phantom Mode product announcements, advertising speeds of more than 800 Mbps, substantiate the importance of this technology, which ASSIA developed some years ago," said Dr. John Cioffi, ASSIA's Chairman and CEO. Major DSL vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks, have recently demonstrated or announced Phantom Mode products.
http://www.assia-inc.com

Sonera Activates LTE in Turku, Finland

TeliaSonera launched LTE services in Turku, Finland with an expansion being set for Helsinki. The LTE network in Finland will use two frequencies: 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz. In the first phase, only modems for the 2.6 GHz band will be available, although the carrier expects multiple modems operating in both frequencies by spring 2011.


TeliaSonera's 4G network boasts a top theoretical downlink speed of 100 Mbps and under normal circumstances 20-80 Mbps.
http://www.teliasonera.com

Verizon Wireless Launches LTE on December 5th

Verizon Wireless will activate commercial services over its LTE network on Sunday, December 5, 2010. The network is initially launching in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast -- at both airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities. Street level coverage area maps will be available online on Dec. 5.


Verizon Wireless' primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.


Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10 GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems will be initially available: the LG VL600 is available at launch and the Pantech UML290 will be available soon, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless' 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company's 3G network. The first LTE handset are expected by mid-year 2011.


Average LTE data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.


Markets covered by the initial Verizon Wireless LTE launch include:



 








  • Akron, Ohio

  • Athens, Georgia

  • Atlanta, Georgia

  • Baltimore, Maryland

  • Boston, Massachusetts

  • Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Chicago, Illinois

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas

  • Denver, Colorado

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Houston, Texas





  • Jacksonville, Florida

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Los Angeles, California

  • Miami, Florida

  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Nashville, Tennessee

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

  • New York, New York

  • Oakland, California

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Orlando, Florida

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Phoenix, Arizona

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania






  • Rochester, New York

  • San Antonio, Texas

  • San Diego, California

  • San Francisco, California

  • San Jose, California

  • Seattle/Tacoma, Washington

  • St. Louis, Missouri

  • Tampa, Florida

  • Washington, D.C.

  • West Lafayette, Indiana

  • West Palm Beach, Florida



 


http://www.verizonwireless.com31586

Verizon: Congress Should Decide Internet Rules

In response to FCC Chairman Genachowski's Internet rules proposal, Verizon said it supports the goal of an "open and free Internet" and that it has publicly embraced non-discrimination obligations for both its wireline and wireless broadband Internet access services.


Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications:

"The only issue is the extent to which the FCC should regulate in this area. In this fast-moving marketplace, inappropriate regulation can be very harmful to consumers, companies, and the ability of this industry to create jobs, provide new services, and be an engine for economic growth. That is why it is so important that policymakers get this right.


"In tackling this issue, the FCC is hamstrung by an antiquated communications statute. That's why this issue should be addressed by Congress. Verizon has consistently called on Congress to update and reform the statute and adopt public policies that will encourage an open Internet, as well as promote investment and innovation across the Internet marketplace.


"If the FCC decides to act on the net neutrality issue, we urge the commissioners to recognize the limitations of the current statute and the rapidly changing conditions in the marketplace and make any rules it adopts interim, rather than permanent. Specifically, the commission should consider the framework of the Waxman proposal, including its sunset provision. The FCC's authority to act in this area is uncertain, and Congress has indicated a strong interest in addressing this issue; interim rules would encourage congressional action, while showing appropriate deference to Congress."http://www.verizon.com

PARC Spins out PowerCloud Systems

PARC (Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated) has spun out its latest start-up -- PowerCloudSystems, which is initially focusing on offering cloud-managed networking solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Walden Venture Capital and Javelin Venture Partners are joining PARC as investors in the company.


PowerCloud Systems will provide its cloud-based technology to OEM vendors. The company builds on intellectual property developed at PARC, including two exclusive and eight shared patents in areas ranging from cloud-virtualized network controllers to "usable security." Usable security marries PARC's technological expertise about security with the behavioral realities of how people manage security in various contexts of use.


PowerCloud Systems' management team includes Jeff Abramowitz, who came to PARC as an entrepreneur in residence and conceived PowerCloud systems. Abramowitz will serve as president and chief executive officer of PowerCloud Systems. Andrea Peiro will serve as vice president of product development and marketing.
http://www.powercloudsystems.com
  • PARC, a Xerox company, has a 40 year legacy in technology innovation.

Cisco to Acquire LineSider for Net Mgt. Software

Cisco agreed to acquire LineSider Technologies, a start-up specializing in network management software for cloud computing. Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed.


LineSider's software creates an abstraction layer help customers organize their network resources into a flexible cloud infrastructure. This abstraction layer enables provisioning and deployment of numerous individual network components much more quickly than previously possible. The policy-based approach automatically responds to pre-determined business scenarios and provides maximum performance across networking products and service delivery platforms.


Cisco said LineSider's technology will strengthen its ability to work with a broad community of software partners, particularly within the service management space. Upon the close of the acquisition, the LineSider team will become part of Cisco's NMTG.
http://www.cisco.com
http://www.linesider.net
  • LineSider is based in Danvers, Mass. The company is headed by Harley Stowell, who previously was CEO of PfN Technologies, a leading developer of IP network software and VPN systems for enterprise and network service provider markets. /li>

FCC Chairman Moves Forward with Internet Regulation Proposal

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a new set of Internet traffic rules that will be brought to a commission vote on December 21. The proposal would resolve that statutory uncertainty that currently exists regarding Net Neutrality by granting the FCC new powers to enforce Internet traffic management rules. Genachowski said the framework would establish "basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as
a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression." Three of the FCC commissioners are Democrats and two are Republicans, implying that the proposal should pass if the vote splits along partisan lines.


In a statement, Genachowski said his proposed Internet rules would embody several core principles:


1. Transparency -- consumers have a right to know basic information about the broadband service they are purchasing. Innovators also have right to information they need to make smart choices about subscribing to or using a broadband network, or how to develop the next killer app. Service Providers have an obligation to provide such information.


2. Consumers and innovators have a right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic -- to go where they want and say what they want online, and to use the devices of their choice. The proposed framework would prohibit the blocking of lawful content, apps, services, and the connection of non-harmful devices to the network.


3. Consumers and innovators have a right to a level playing field. No central authority, public or private, should have the power to pick which ideas or companies win or lose on the Internet; that's the role of the market and the marketplace of ideas. The proposed framework includes a bar on unreasonable discrimination in transmitting lawful network traffic. The proposed framework also recognizes that broadband providers must have the ability and investment incentives to build out and run their networks.


Genachowski's proposal acknowledges that broadband providers need meaningful flexibility to manage their networks -- for example, to deal with traffic that's harmful to the network or unwanted by users, and to address
the effects of congestion. The proposal will allow for "reasonable network management.


Regarding mobile broadband, the proposal sets forth requirements for transparency and a basic no blocking rule. Under the framework, the FCC would closely monitor the development of the mobile broadband market and be prepared to step in to further address anti-competitive or anti-consumer conduct as appropriate.
http://www.fcc.gov
  • FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell issued a statement blasting Genachowski's proposal: "Such rules would upend three decades of bipartisan and international consensus that the Internet is best able to thrive in the absence of regulation. Pushing a small group of hand-picked industry players toward a “choice�? between a bad option (Title I Internet regulation) or a worse option (regulating the Internet like a monopoly
    phone company under Title II) smacks more of coercion than consensus or compromise. This “agreement�? has been extracted in defiance of not only the courts, but a large, bipartisan majority of Congress as well. Both have admonished the FCC not to reach beyond its statutory powers to regulate Internet access. By choosing this highly interventionist course, the Commission is ignoring the will of the elected representatives of the American people."

Monday, November 29, 2010

FCC Proposes to Auction TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

The FCC is proposing voluntary broadcast spectrum auctions to boost mobile broadband services. Specifically, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the FCC today proposes that wireless broadband providers have equal access to television broadcast frequencies that could become available in spectrum auctions. The Notice seeks comment on establishing new allocations for both fixed and mobile wireless services in the TV broadcast bands.


The Notice also explores enabling TV stations to voluntarily combine their operations and distinct programming lineups on a single TV channel. The Notice requests comment on the proposed rules that would enable TV broadcasters to opt to share channels by further tapping the technical capabilities that became available following the nation's historic transition to digital television in 2009. Finally, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on steps that would improve TV reception on the VHF channels (2-13), such as by increasing transmitting power and establishing minimum performance standards for indoor antennas.


FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated: "The roughly 300 MHz of spectrum in the TV bands is among the most robust available. Beachfront property. The transition to digital made it possible to transmit over-the-air broadcast programming using less spectrum than before. While some stations are seizing the opportunity to
offer multicast streams or mobile TV that serve the public interest, others are not."


"We might think of the steady stream of broadcast DTV transmissions as trains with fixed number of boxcars delivering digital content -- but many of the boxcars are empty. This spectrum is too valuable -- and our spectrum needs too great -- for it to be used inefficiently. Especially given that less than 10% of Americans receive broadcast television only through over-the- air spectrum signals."http://www.fcc.gov

Motorola Sets Separation Date for January 4, 2011

Motorola Mobility Holdings will separate from Motorola, Inc. through a tax-free dividend involving the distribution of all Motorola Mobility common stock held by Motorola to Motorola stockholders prior to market open on January 4, 2011. The company also approved a reverse stock split of shares of Motorola common stock following the distribution. Motorola stockholders of record will receive 1 share of Motorola Mobility common stock for every 8 shares of Motorola common stock they hold. Immediately following the distribution of Motorola Mobility common stock to Motorola stockholders, Motorola will effect a 1-for-7 reverse stock split of Motorola common stock, which will become effective prior to the market open on Jan. 4, 2011. http://www.motorola.com

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