Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ikanos -- NodeScale Vectoring


G.vector is a new technology standardized by the I.T.U. for overcoming crosstalk and noise on adjacent copper pairs in the access network. Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring dynamically cancels crosstalk across a node of up to 384 ports. Presented by Kevin Fisher, VP, Advanced DSL Technology, Ikanos Communications.

Infoblox Launches IPv6 Center of Excellence

Infoblox launched its IPv6 Center of Excellence, providing enterprise IT teams with expert IPv6 tutorials, resources, guidance, training and best practices. Infoblox IPv6 expert and eminent DNS authority, Cricket Liu, has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of the CoE.

Infoblox also announced today that Owen DeLong, IPv6 Evangelist at Hurricane Electric, has joined the Infoblox IPv6 CoE Technical Advisory Board.

Gigamon Extends Technology Leadership with Expanded Portfolio

Gigamon introduced its GigaSECURE data switching line. The GigaBPS intelligent bypass switch, which is the first product in the GigaSECURE family, provides intelligent visibility for both Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). It could be used by Managed Hosting Providers to implement more advanced and scalable security practices when delivering Cloud services, where IPS connections feed virtual environments in both traditional and high-density data centers. The GigaBPS also enables improved cyber-security protection for Telco, Enterprise, Financial and Government environments where IPS is used to combat a broad range of information 'attacks' that are common today including malware, denial of service (DoS), and advanced persistent threats.

Time Warner Cable to Build $100 Million Data Center in Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable, which serves more than 14 million customers mainly in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, southern California and Texas, will build its next generation, national data center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The $101 million project is expected to create 225 jobs over the next three years.

The project is supported in part by a state grant from North Carolina's Job Development Investment Grant program.
  • In February 2011, Time Warner Cable agreed to acquire NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services, for $5.50 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $230 million. The deal represented a 33% premium to NaviSite's Tuesday's closing price.

    NaviSite operates ten data centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, including two SAS 70 Type II certified data centers, and network operations centers in Gurgaon, India and Andover, Massachusetts. It employs approximately 570 people worldwide. The company has approximately 1,200 customers and reported US$126 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010 (ending 7/31/10).

  • Companies with major data center projects underway in North Carolina include Apple, Google, Facebook and others.

Verizon Readies LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, MA

On Tuesday, Verizon will officially open its new LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, MA. A ceremony and webcast is planned for 10am.

Companies participating in the Innovation Center include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson North America, LiveEdge, TouchTune and VGo.

ZTE Completes First TD-LTE and 2G/3G Handover

ZTE completed an interoperability test (IOT) between TD-LTE terminals and GSM/UMTS/CDMA EV-DO networks.

This is the first IOT between a multi-mode TD-LTE terminal and non TD-LTE networks.

ZTE said the success of the test is significant for the entire TD-LTE ecosystem, proving that TD-LTE devices can work seamlessly with existing GSM, UMTS and CDMA EV-DO networks as well as with new LTE FDD and TD-LTE networks. It is expected to promote the convergence of TD-LTE and existing networks, and speed up TD-LTE network deployments.

"The test shows that devices for TD-LTE networks are close to market availability, and that ZTE's extensive TD-LTE expertise ensures that our existing 2G and 3G networks are able to handle traffic from TD devices," said Mr. Wang Shouchen, general manager of ZTE TD products.
  • As of April 2011, ZTE had deployed TD-LTE trials and commercial networks for 25 leading global operators in 15 countries covering Europe, India, CIS, Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia, and has been actively carrying out interoperability testing with other terminal vendors.

VSS Monitoring Enables Network Monitoring Across the Cloud

VSS Monitoring introduced a new capability that extends the reach of network intelligence tools used for analytics, security and monitoring across IP and WAN networks while increasing network performance, security and reliability.

The goal is to simplify operational complexity, increase network monitoring reliability, and deliver higher ROI by optimizing and directing monitored data from devices and network switches to centralized analysis and security tools.

The vStack over IP feature captures and collects traffic throughout the cloud infrastructure, providing end-to-end visibility of network services and applications through the cloud. It delivers unprecedented scalability, enabling centralized network monitoring from any point in the world, accommodating conditions such as:

  • Resource migration to alternate datacenter;
  • Service delivery path change;
  • Tool farm failover or migration.

"We are once again leading the market, pioneering cloud interconnect capability and extending network access across the cloud, something no other vendor offers today," said Gordon Beith, director of product management at VSS Monitoring. "It accelerates our already strong momentum, taking us to the next level in offering the highest-value, most scalable network intelligence optimization solutions."

PMC-Sierra Debuts 6 Gb/s SATA/SAS RAID Controllers

PMC-Sierra introduced the first hardware 6Gb/s SATA/SAS RAID controllers with on-board DRAM cache for the entry-level market segment.

The Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6E RAID controllers overcome the limitations of software-only entry-level RAID and hardware RAID without DRAM caching by offering HBA and hardware RAID functionality with caching in a single card. The Adaptec RAID 6405E is a four-port, LP/MD2 form factor optimized for maximum host connectivity with its PCIe® x1 host interface that fits into any workstation, industrial PC or entry server platform. The Adaptec RAID 6805E is an eight-port, LP/MD2 form factor with bandwidth optimized PCIe x4 host connectivity for higher throughput. Both products use PMC's proven PM8013 SRC 6Gb/s RoC, SAS 2.0, PCIe 2.0 and 128 MB DDR2-800 memory.

Acacia Acquires 3G and 4G Patents

Acacia Research Corporation, which partners with inventors to license key technologies, has acquired rights to patents for 3G and 4G wireless technology from a major technology company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

6WIND Releases Packet Processing Software for NetLogic XLP832

6WIND announced the release of packet processing software optimized for the XLP832 multicore communications processor with 32 NXCPUs from NetLogic Microsystems. The integrated solution targets telecom infrastructure, enterprise networking and security products.

The new 6WINDGate software exploits the XLP processor architecture with quad-issue, quad-threading, out-of-order execution capability and frequencies of up to 2GHz to deliver exceptional packet processing performance. In addition, the 6WINDGate software is optimized to take full advantage of the XLP processor's advanced Fast Messaging Network, fully-autonomous programmable processing engines and a tri-level cache architecture to achieve up to 40Gbps of IPsec and 60 million packets per second of IP Forwarding performance on a single XLP832 processor running at 2GHz while ensuring that a subset of the cores remain available for application software.

SiTime Unveils MEMS VCTCXO for Telecom

SiTime Corporation unveiled a line of ultra-stable MEMS VCTCXO (Voltage Controlled, Temperature Compensated Oscillator) products targeted at telecom, networking and wireless applications like SONET and Synchronous Ethernet based equipment, cellular basestations and repeaters, GPS and instrumentation.

The devices are drop-in replacements for quartz-based oscillators but offer the durability and programmability of silicon MEMS technology. The new, programmable, Encore-based VCTCXO family consists of four devices, SiT5001, SiT5002, SiT5003 and SiT5004, all of which support frequencies up to 220 MHz, industry-leading stability as low as ±0.5 PPM and 500 femtoseconds of integrated RMS phase jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz).

"SiTime has used its Silicon MEMS technology and programmable analog expertise to accelerate innovation in the timing components industry," said Piyush Sevalia, vice president of marketing at SiTime. "Unlike the quartz industry, SiTime offers web-enabled software development tools that allow engineers to customize a SiTime device exactly for their application, request samples, and receive them within a week. This flexibility, along with unique features, 3 – 5 week lead times and 10 times better reliability than quartz, is accelerating the electronics industry's move to MEMS-based timing."

Samples of the SiT500x devices are available now with production in late Q3, 2011.

Calix Wins Another Broadband Stimulus Project -- PRTC

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) of Kentucky has selected the Calix B6 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs), along with the 2000 family of optical network terminals (ONTs), to bring fiber-based broadband services to Jackson and Owsley counties in Kentucky.

PRTC will deploy GPON to deliver advanced services including expanded digital television services, extremely fast data services, and high quality VOIP services to more than 3,500 residences and businesses. The PRTC Broadband Stimulus award totals $25.5 million in overall funds, including a $17.9 million grant and a $7.6 million loan, which includes plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

With this award, Calix has now been selected access vendor to three Broadband Stimulus projects in Kentucky, amounting to over $227 million in awarded funds, of which only a portion is access equipment.

China Telecom Awards 100G IP Routing Contract to Alcatel-Lucent

China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP routing and 100G technology for upgrades to its network. The contract was secured by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship company in China.

Specifically, China Telecom is using Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Routers and 5620 Service Aware Manager portfolio to increase overall data speeds and support the prioritization of different kinds of internet traffic such as video, applications and voice.

Wei Leping, chairman of China Telecom Science & Technology Committee, said: "With the continuously booming broadband demand in the future, it's very crucial to maintain the network quality for smoothly delivering the applications. The Alcatel-Lucent solutions not only ensure our service quality but also give us the flexibility to upgrade to 100G smoothly in the future." By deploying Alcatel-Lucent's 100G solutions, the broadband network can handle tasks such as the transfer of 100,000 MP3 files in 60 seconds or the concurrent live streaming of over 15,000 HDTV channels.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in the Asia Pacific region said: "Alcatel-Lucent first demonstrated 100G technology to China Telecom in September 2010 under very rigorous, real-world conditions, and our service router portfolio delivered exceptionally high quality and efficiency. This successful performance has made us the vendor of choice to partner with China Telecom in this high-growth market and support the first 100G deployment in China, and also led us to the winning of 46% market share in the IP bidding."

AntiSec Boasts Theft of Military Email Passwords

The AntiSec band of hackers claims to have penetrated Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading defense contractor, and stolen tens of thousands of military email passwords. These were then posted to the Pirate Bay website.

TELUS Picks DragonWave

TELUS will deploy a packet microwave solution from DragonWave to provide additional high-capacity connectivity for special events.

Specifically, TELUS selected DragonWave's Horizon Compact primarily because its all-outdoor, zero-footprint design that will allow for rapid deployment of service to remote locations without need for trenching optical fibre.

TELUS is working with DragonWave's partner, Alliance Corporation.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

IPtronics Raises $6 Million for Parallel Optical Interconnects

IPtronics, a privately-held company based in Roskilde, Denmark, secured $6 million in follow-up funding for its parallel optical interconnect silicon.

IPtronics' chips enable parallel optical interconnect modules that are used in next generation system interfaces and backplanes.

The new funding came from existing investors including private investor group 10IPT10 and venture capital funds Creandum and Sunstone Capital.
  • IPtronics A/S was established end 2003 by former Managers, Innovators and Technical Staff from GIGA A/S.

ZTE Opens R&D Lab at Technical University Dresden

ZTE and Technical University Dresden signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening of an R&D centre.

The focus of the R&D centre will be on Long Term Evolution (LTE), especially in Time Division Duplex (TDD) technology.

Since entering the TDD-LTE field in 2005, ZTE has achieved sustainable development on TDD-LTE wireless systems, chipsets and terminals. So far it has established eight TDD-LTE R&D centres in America, Europe and the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, Xi'an and Nanjing. The company has 4,000 researchers involved in the R&D and global promotion of LTE products.

ZTE Secures US$900 Million Syndicated Loan to Hedge Rise in RMB

ZTE has secured a US$900 million syndicated term loan from 10 leading international banks. ZTE said that raising the debt in US dollars is an effective way to hedge against the appreciation of RMB.

The banks participating in the loan are:

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

DBS Bank Ltd.

United Overseas Bank Limited

Banco Santander, S.A., Hong Kong Branch

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.


Hang Seng Bank Limited

Maybank, Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank Corporation, Hong Kong Branch

The Bank of Nova Scotia
  • In May 2009, The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) granted a US$10 billion credit line to ZTE Corporation. Under the cooperation agreement, ZTE and China Exim Bank joined together to establish a financing platform to support ZTE and its holding subsidiaries in overseas market activities including export seller's credit, export buyer's credit, import credit, preferential foreign loans, transferred loans of foreign governments and trade financing, as well as other premium financial services. ZTE agreed to deal with China Exim Bank as a principal banker and handle loans and relevant businesses through China Exim Bank.

Juniper Appoints CIO and VP of Manufacturing

Juniper Networks has appointed Bask Iyer as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Iyer joins Juniper Networks from Honeywell, where he most recently served as company-wide CIO and a member of the leadership team driving its IT vision, strategy and operating plan.

Juniper also announced the appointment of Martin J. Garvin as senior vice president of manufacturing operations.
Garvin most recently served as senior vice president and chief procurement officer at Dell, where he was responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of Dell' s global supply chain.

Telenor Deploys LTE in Svalbard -- the Northernmost 4G

Telenor Norway is launching the world's northernmost LTE site on Svalbard, an archipelago located at 78°13'N in the Arctic Circle.

The unique LTE site, which uses Huawei's industry-leading SingleRAN LTE solution, is deployed in Longyearbyen, Svalbard's largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. The equipment will have to endure extreme cold in winter, when the temperature plummets to 50 degrees below zero.

The companies noted that built the first telegraph tower on these islands one hundred years ago.

Mr. Harald Norvik, chairman of the board of Telenor Group, said, "Svalbard has changed radically in recent years, and we have continually improved the communications options for the local populace. The launch of this advanced LTE network marks the next step in our evolution."