Monday, September 12, 2011

Video: What is OpenFlow?


Presented by Kyle Forster, co-Founder, Big Switch Networks.

Ericsson Develops Mobile Broadband Connection Protocol for Windows 8

Ericsson, in partnership with Microsoft and other companies within USB Implementers Forum, has developed a new protocol to make it easier for manufacturers to bring mobile broadband to people buying notebooks and tablets.

Support for the protocol, which will be included in Windows 8, means that device manufacturers will no longer need to install drivers for embedded mobile broadband connectivity or a connection manager.

The protocol will be demonstrated in reference devices at the Microsoft BUILD conference taking place in Anaheim, California September 13-16.

The new feature will be available on all Ericsson modules starting with the F5321gw, H5321gw and C5621gw and beyond after the final release of Windows 8.

Intel Optimizes Atom for Android, Looks for 22nm Ivy Bridge in early 2012

Intel is working with Google to optimize future releases of the Android platform for Intel's family of low power Atom processors. The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. The companies are also working on extending the Intel architecture with other Google products, including Chrome OS, Google TV, and the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Native Development Kit (NDK).

At the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said he is looking for next generation of Ultrabooks to arrive early next year based on "Ivy Bridge" 22nm technology and the company's 3-D Tri-gate transistors. Otellini also described the new class of platform power management in development for the 2013 "Haswell" products for Ultrabooks. Intel is looking to reduce idle platform power by more than 20 times over current designs, and along with innovations, this will lead to more than 10 days of connected standby battery life by 2013.

In addition, the company announced McAfee's new DeepSAFE technology, which works with hardware capabilities found in the Intel Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors to provide new levels of security and a different vantage point by operating below the operating system. This technology will launch in a McAfee enterprise product later this year.

Deutsche Telekom Signs MOU with Huawei

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei have agreed to collaborate in cloud computing, telecom technology and system integration. Under a memorandum of understanding, the companies will work together to improve on a range of strategic issues.

Metaswitch's New SBC Offers Independent Scaling of Signaling and Media

Metaswitch Networks introduced its Perimeta session border controller designed for independent scaling of signaling and media functions. The platform represents a new class of SBC because currently deployed systems are not optimized to handle the highly dynamic session environment brought on by massive number of mobile devices and services such as presence and IM. The challenge is expected to become more acute with the adoption of VoLTE and RCS-e applications.

Metaswitch, which has a long history of developing SBC software solutions for OEM partners, believes a more flexible architectures is required. Its new session border control features discrete software modules for signaling and media functions. These may be installed on separate hardware elements to provide a distributed solution to session border control, or combined together as an integrated appliance. By independently scaling signaling and media capacity, network operators can avoid stranding unused media capacity as signaling grows. Centralizing the signaling function, rather than having multiple SBCs, also makes it easier to manage the network and reduces CAPEX.

The Metaswitch Perimeta is an ATCA COTS platform supporting 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) standards, including VoLTE: P-CSCF, IMS-ALG, and IMS-AG. It leverages the latest multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs to scale performance. Perimeta also provides post-analysis forensic capabilities with detailed protocol decode information on every SIP message it exchanges with the network and every internal routing and processing decision it makes.

The company noted that more than 30 operators have already validated this approach and purchased Perimeta for their networks.

Ikanos Debuts Dual-Core Processors for Next Gen Services Gateways

Ikanos Communications introduced two dual-core communications processors – the Fusiv Vx175 and Fusiv Vx173 -- designed for a wide range of devices including femtocell gateways, smart energy gateways, mobile broadband routers, optical networking terminals, network attached storage and other next generation services gateways. The new devices add to the company's Fusiv portfolio and extend the range of access types supported to PON, LTE and other broadband technologies.

Key features of the Vx175/173 processors include:

  • Advanced Dual-Core Processor Architecture – The Vx175/173 communications processors have two MIPS cores. In the Vx175, cores provide up to 600MHz processing power. The Vx173 cores run at 400MHz.

  • Dedicated Voice Processing Engine – An integrated DSP engine delivers full-chain deployment proven VoIP, capable of handling four voice channels simultaneously.

  • Programmable Hardware Accelerators – In addition to the dual core MIPs processors, the Vx175/173 also includes programmable hardware accelerator processors to provide flexibility, improved performance and quality of service. These enable bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming a small fraction of the Fusiv's processing power.

  • Multiple Interfaces for LAN/WAN Integration – The Vx175/173 includes a number of built-in interfaces – including up to three Gigabit MACs, two PCIe and two USB 2.0 hosts.

  • Security (IPsec) Performance – The Vx175 has a built-in hardware encryption engine to protect traffic over the Web without a performance penalty.
    Integrated SATA Interface – The Vx175 has a built-in SATA interface for direct network attached storage (NAS) for the warehousing of local content. This content can be shared directly from the gateway throughout the home or passed via a secure connection to outside backup services or other cloud-based applications.

  • Dynamic Power Management – The new chipsets support European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) energy efficiency requirements.

Linley Group: Embedded Processor Market Sees Strong Growth

The embedded processor market reached record revenue of $3.6 billion in 2010, up 31% over 2009, and will top $5.1 billion by 2015, according to The Linley Group's recently released “A Guide to High Speed Embedded Processors�? report. The strong rebound was driven by restocking, renewed demand and market expansion.

Notable findings include:

  • There will be a five-year compound annual growth rate of 7.7 percent from 2010 through 2015 as the market reverts to normal growth driven by expanding opportunities in storage systems and by demand for high-performance processors for LTE cellular infrastructure.

  • Over the next five years, storage will be the fastest-growing high-level segment in this market.

  • The high-speed embedded market is consolidating around a handful of technical approaches that each addresses a set of applications.

This sixth edition report analyzes more than 100 products, as well as capabilities and strategies of 15 vendors. It covers high-performance RISC and x86 processors for embedded systems, focusing on processors operating at 400MHz and above. These general-purpose processors are used in many different embedded applications, including networking and communications equipment, networked storage, security appliances, PBXs, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, thin clients, high-end printers, set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), car-navigation systems, industrial control, military, and medical imaging. http://

Cisco Issues 3-Year Forecasts, Sales Growth Seen in 5-7% Range

Cisco has sharpened its business strategy and is now focused on growing its earnings faster than revenue, said executives at the company's Annual Financial Analyst Conference in San Jose. The company foresees a 5-7% revenue growth for the next three years, due to public sector weakness, uncertain macroeconomic conditions and competition. Meanwhile, Cisco is targeting a 7-9% CAGR in earnings per share over the next three years.

Over the past 120 days, Cisco has reorganized its entire sales, engineering, services and operations teams. This involved the elimination of 12,700 full-time positions through lay-offs (4,400), early retirement (2,100), a factory sale in Mexico (5,000) and cuts of contracted workers (1,200). Realignments affected a further 23,000 other employees. These changes are expected to yield $1 billion in cost efficiencies.

Among the companies top 5 foundational priorities, there is a renewed focus on the Core by building momentum in Routing with the ASR 1000, ASR 5000, ASR 9000 and CRS platforms. The routing CAGR is forecast at 5-7%. In Switching, Cisco has seen pressure on gross margins but see opportunities in campus, data center and high-end enterprise networking. The switching CAGR is forecast at 2-4%. In Services, Cisco expects a stronger growth rate of 13-15% by offering its customized networking expertise and pursuing a collaborative partner approach.

In Collaboration, Cisco also sees 13-15% CAGR thanks to video, which it sees as its most important differentiator.

In Data Centers / Virtualization / Cloud, Cisco sees opportunities for borderless networks spanning enterprises and service providers. Major transitions are underway as storage, processing, networks and software are converging. The forecast is for CAGR of 2-4%, and possibly accelerating to 18%.

Cisco's Video Strategy relies on its "Medianet" architecture to deliver content to any device. Here Cisco forecasts growth of CAGR of 7-9%.

Architectures for Business Transformation aim to change the game for industry verticals. In the global commercial segment, Cisco sees CAGR of 9-11% over the next three years, for the global public sector the expected CAGR is 2-6%, and for global service providers the CAGR is 5-7%.

Presentations and an archived webcast from the day long event are posted in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.

McAfee's DeepSAFE Takes Aim at Rootkits

McAfee previewed its DeepSAFE hardware-assisted security technology for proactively detecting and preventing stealthy advanced persistent threats (APTs) and malware. The technology, which was co-developed with Intel, sits below the OS, providing the ability to fundamentally change the security game, according to the companies.

According to McAfee Labs, more than 1,200 new rootkits per day are detected - equating to 50 per hour every single day. The DeepSAFE technology, which was demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, was able to detect and stop a zero-day Agony rootkit from infecting a system in real time. This technology is expected to launch in products later in 2011.

Key attributes of McAfee DeepSAFE:

  • Builds the foundation for next-generation hardware-assisted security operating beyond the operating system

  • Provides a trusted view of system events below the operating system

  • Exposes many attacks that are undetectable today

  • New vantage point to block sophisticated stealth techniques and APTs

  • Provides real time CPU event monitoring with minimal performance impact

  • Combines the power of hardware and flexibility of software to deliver a new foundation for security.

"Intel and McAfee are working on joint technologies to better protect every segment across the compute continuum from PCs to devices," said Renée James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel and the Chairman of McAfee. "By combining the features of existing Intel hardware and innovations in security software, Intel and McAfee are driving innovation in the security industry by providing a new way to protect computing devices. We are truly excited to introduce this technology upon which we will deliver new solutions."

Blue Coat Builds a Big Content Cache for Service Providers

Blue Coat Systems introduced its next-generation CacheFlow 5000 appliance -- delivering more than three times greater throughput and cache storage compared to the previous version -- in the same compact, 4U footprint. The up-sizing is required by the strain of media-rich content traversing service provider networks, especially videos and large files.

The initial CacheFlow 5000 appliance, which was released in March 2010, leveraged caching intelligence to address the new wave of rich, dynamic Web 2.0 content, which previously had been difficult or impossible to cache. Blue Coat said it has seen success with this model as it now has nearly 50 service provider customers using the system. The appliance achieves on average 40-50% bandwidth savings on general Web traffic, according to the company.

Blue Coat also provides a "CachePulse" cloud service which delivers on-the-fly caching rule and instruction updates to deployed CacheFlow appliances to provide continued high bandwidth savings improvements.

The new release of the CacheFlow 5000 appliance adds a significant performance and capacity boost via new 64-bit software and hardware improvements. The new CacheFlow appliance also adds an option for 10GigE Fiber, in addition to existing copper, to support high-speed network interfaces.

“The new CacheFlow 5000 appliance represents a tremendous leap in performance for Web content caching and can dramatically improve the service provider's ability to keep up with the unrelenting demand for Web video while changing its economics,�? said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems. “By combining caching intelligence with a new level of platform performance, the CacheFlow appliance will better prepare service providers for massive increases in their subscribers' demand for content.�?

  • In September 2010, Blue Coat announced that Alcatel-Lucent is reselling its ProxySG and CacheFlow appliances to Alcatel-Lucent customers worldwide -- including tier-one telcos, managed service providers, regional ISPs and mobile operators. Blue Coat's CacheFlow appliance reduces the strain of bandwidth-consuming dynamic Web 2.0 and video content by transparently caching such over-the-top content, providing bandwidth savings for carriers and a better experience for users.

  • In 2002, CacheFlow, which originally specialized in network caching systems, changed its name to Blue Coat Systems and refocused its strategic direction on enterprise security appliances.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Qualcomm Positions for More Powerful Enterprise Femto Networks

Qualcomm introduced three enterprise Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipsets supporting up to 32 active users. These chipsets complement the currently available FSM 3G femtocell chipsets that feature eight user versions targeting the residential market with hardware and software compatibility. The company also announced a Femto-Wi-Fi hardware reference design that integrates these FSM enterprise solutions with Qualcomm Atheros 802.11n Wi-Fi AR9350 and AR9344 access point solutions.

Qualcomm's FSM chipsets support both CDMA2000 and UMTS/HSPA+ network technologies and include a baseband modem, RF, network listen, GPS and an application processor.

Qualcomm is first releasing enterprise FSM chipsets for UMTS and CDMA supporting 16 users. Both the Femto-Wi-Fi integration hardware platform and the CDMA version of the FSM chipset with the expanded 32-user support are scheduled for availability in the second half of 2011.

Qualcomm is featuring "UltraSON" interference and mobility management algorithms, which provide robust wireless coverage while ensuring that the femtocells do not interfere with macrocells while providing hand-off capabilities between macrocells and other femtocells.

The company said that providing increased support for up to 32 active users, its FSM chipset will provide the capability to address larger cell sites, such as metro-femtocells and picocells, allowing more simultaneous users to connect to the femtocell and access cellular networks in challenging environments where reception is poor. The integrated Femto-Wi-Fi reference designs allow operators to create access points that let their enterprise customers connect to both Wi-Fi and cellular networks through a single gateway and coordinate the services delivery via either access technology.

The Qualcomm Atheros AR9350 and AR9344 Wi-Fi SoCs support all modes of 802.11n in both bands and include Ethernet, routing and management functions.

American Jobs Act Includes Spectrum Provision

The American Jobs Act presented by President Obama highlights urges support for the bipartisan legislation from Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison, including an investment to develop and deploy a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety. The plan includes reallocating the D Block for public safety (costing $3 billion) and $7 billion to support the deployment of this network and technological development to tailor the network to meet public safety requirements.

Broadcom to acquire NetLogic for $3.7 Billion

Broadcom will acquire NetLogic Microsystems in a deal valued at $3.7 billion ($50 per share) net of cash assumed.

NetLogic Microsystems, which is based in Santa Clara, California, adds a number of critical new product lines and technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors.

"This transaction delivers on all fronts for Broadcom's shareholders -- strategic fit, leading-edge technology and significant financial upside," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and CEO. "With NetLogic Microsystems, Broadcom is acquiring a leading multi-core embedded processor solution, market leading knowledge-based processors, and unique digital front-end technology for wireless base stations that are key enablers for the next generation infrastructure build-out. Broadcom is now better positioned to meet growing customer demand for integrated, end-to-end communications and processing platforms for network infrastructure."

The companies expect the deal to close in the first half of 2012. Broadcom currently expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings per share by approximately $0.10 on a non-GAAP basis in 2012.

Broadcom today also reiterated its business outlook for the third quarter of 2011. Broadcom expects revenue around the middle of the previously-guided range of $1.9 billion and $2.0 billion, GAAP product gross margins of flat to up slightly and GAAP research & development and selling, general and administrative expenses of flat to down $10 million in the third quarter of 2011. By the end of the third quarter, Broadcom also expects to have approximately $4.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents on hand, up from approximately $3.8 billion at the end of the second quarter.
  • Last week, NetLogic Microsystems unveiled its next generation of XLP II family of processors based on 28nm process technology, packing up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, and promising 5-7x performance enhancement over the existing XLP processors. Target applications for the new multi-core devices include next-generation LTE mobile infrastructure, data center, enterprise networking, storage and security platforms. NetLogic said its XLP II processor family is designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of network processing performance per device and over 800 Gbps in a clustered, fully-coherent system. The devices integrate up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, featuring an enhanced quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.5 GHz to provide unmatched control and data plane processing and low-power profile.

  • In July, NetLogic Microsystems reported Q2 2011 revenue of $103.7 million, a 5.1% sequential increase from $98.7 million for the first quarter of 2011 and a 9.1% increase from $95.0 million for the second quarter of 2010. Net loss (GAAP) was $35.2 million or $0.51 per diluted share. By comparison, GAAP net loss was $4.8 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010.

  • In March 2011, NetLogic agreed to acquire Optichron, a privately-held, fabless semiconductor provider of 3G/4G LTE base station digital front-end (DFE) processors, for approximately $77 million in cash, $22 million for restricted stock units for employees of Optichron, and a possible maximum earn-out or approximately $108.5 million payable in 2013 if certain milestones are met. Optichron, which is based in Fremont, California, offers DFE technology for next-generation LTE systems requiring the highest data rates and lowest power consumption. The company said its DFE processors have been designed into next-generation base stations by multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

  • Broadcom's Previous Acquisitions

    security software $42 million  May 2011

    microwave radio silicon $313 million March 2011

    multimode LTE/WiMAX chipsets $316 million October 2010

    near field communications $47.5 million  June 2010

    EPON silicon $123 million February 201

    Sunext Design
    Blu-ray $48 million March 2008

    Global Locate
    GPS $146 million June 2007

    Ethernet switching silicon $80 million January 2006

    Athena Semi
    DVB-H $21.6 million October 2005

  • In 2009, NetLogic Microsystems acquired RMI, a developer of multi-core, multi-threaded processors, in a deal valued at approximately $175 million. The merger helped NetLogic Microsystems to expand into the high-performance "data-in-flight" processing segment. RMI's portfolio included its XLP, XLR and XLS Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded Processors, complementing NetLogic Microsystems' existing portfolio of knowledge-based processors, content processors, network search engines and 10-100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY products.

  • Ron Jankov has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of NetLogic Microsystems since April 2000.

  • NetLogic Microsystems went public on July 9, 2004.

NTT Opens new POP in Sao Paulo

NTT Communications has extended the reach of its Tier 1 Global IP Network with a new Point of Presence (PoP) location in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"The Latin American telecommunications sector is quickly becoming a crucial part of the worldwide market, so it's an optimum time for NTT America and NTT do Brasil to leverage the NTT Communications Global IP Network to provide a stable and dependable infrastructure to meet the broadband demands of service providers and consumers in the area,�? said Yukio Adachi, president of NTT do Brasil.

RED-C Intros Next Gen ROADM Amplifiers

RED-C Optical Networks introduced a new set of amplifiers specifically designed to target next generation ROADM networks. These include a variety of high density EDFA packages for integration in ROADM line cards, as well as a new four-pump Hybrid Raman-EDFA module enabling dynamic path reconfiguration.

RED-C said its new model provides seamless integration of a distributed Raman pre-amplifier and a variable gain EDFA in a single compact module. The integrated Hybrid control circuitry operates in advanced AGC mode so that the combined Raman and EDFA gain is accurately measured and controlled, including fast transient suppression. The module operation and interface are similar to those of a traditional variable gain EDFA, and therefore requires no special system adaptations. Thanks to advanced laser safety mechanisms the module is classified as Class 1M with respect to laser safety.

Verizon Deploys 100G on 10 ULH Routes this Year

Verizon is expanding its deployment of 100G technology on ultra-long-haul portions of its U.S. backbone network to more than 10 routes in 2011. The installations use 100G coherent optical transport technology from Ciena.

"We're seeing not only growth in traffic, but also in the need for immediacy from our customers that are managing financial transactions, health care data exchange, energy services and entertainment on-the-go," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning at Verizon. "With 100G, Verizon will be able to help meet those demands more efficiently and with better performance."

The installation uses the same 100G equipment from Ciena that was deployed in Europe earlier this year.

  • In March 2011, Verizon activated a 100 Gigabit Ethernet link for an IP backbone on a portion of its European long-haul network between Paris and Frankfurt, a distance of 893 km. The deployment uses Juniper Networks' routers and Ciena's 100G Ethernet coherent optical transport solution.

Juniper Upgrades Switching Fabric in MX 3D Edge Routers

Juniper Networks released a new 3.8 Terabits per second switch fabric for its MX 3D Universal Edge Routers. The new switch fabric, which can be installed in an existing MX Series chassis while in the router remains in service, enables full 120 Gbps through-put per interface slots.

The capacity upgrade applies to all MX Series services, including Juniper's MobileNext open mobile core for next-generation wireless networks.

Juniper also noted that a single MX960 can support eight million mobile subscribers or 10,000 business virtual private networks (VPNs). With the new capacity, a single MX960 is also capable of processing more than 8 billion views on YouTube a day. this year, Juniper introduced its strategy (project Falcon) for delivering 2G/3G and LTE evolved packet core functions via a MobileNext Broadband Gateway providing GGSN/P-GW/ S-GW, MobileNext Control Gateway providing SGSN/MME, as well as a MobileNext Policy Manager providing PCRF functions. The MobileNext Broadband Gateway software, which runs on the company's MX 3D Universal Edge platform, promises scalability of mobile sessions, set up rates and forwarding capacity and a programmable platform for rapid service innovation.

Cisco Expands ASR 9000 Edge Routing Family

Cisco introduced three new ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers aimed at supporting the proliferation of new mobile Internet services and devices such as tablets, smartphones and connected appliances on carrier networks. These include:

Cisco ASR 901 cell site router -- a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites. Clocking options include TDM, BITS, 1588v2, and SyncE;

Cisco ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router -- a 3RU, fully redundant Ethernet access device for business, residential and mobile applications. It can also aggregate cell sites and use MPLS as a transport for Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul traffic;

Cisco ASR 9001 small edge router -- a smaller version of the popular Cisco ASR 9000 Series edge router for smaller deployments. The 2RU unit delivers 120 Gbps of capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has an integrated route switch processor (RSP) and two modular bays, which support 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet modular port adapters;

The platforms leverage Cisco's advanced nV (Network Virtualization) technology, which intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single 96 Tbps system.

Cisco noted that is now has over 500 service provider customers for the ASR 9000 series, including recently announced customers: Polish Telecom (Poland), PCCW (Hong Kong), US Signal (U.S.), Comcast (U.S.), China Telecom (China), Tata Communications (India), FastWeb (Italy), Cox Communications (U.S.), NTT Plala (Japan), Kabel Deutschland (Germany), Charter Communications (U.S.) and Consolidated Communications (U.S.) and 3 Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden).

  • In June 2011, Cisco rolled out a series of enhancements for its ASR 9000 series edge and aggregation routers with a new high-capacity chassis, new 10 GigE and 100 GigE interface cards, a virtualization technology for linking edge routers into a single management plane, and a content-caching service module. With this rollout, the company is introduced two new members of the ASR 9000 family: the high-capacity ASR 9922 and the compact ASR 9000V. The ASR 9922 is designed to deliver application layer services quickly and reliably.

    A key design criteria for the new platform was to increase scalability, and this is achieved with the ASR 9922's 20-slot chassis and the new high-density line cards. The first of these high-density line cards supports 24 full-rate 10 GigE ports in a single slot. Transport optimized and service optimized versions of this line card will be offered. The second card offers dual 100 GigE ports. Even at full line rate with small packets, it fully protected with redundant switching fabrics.

    The new ASR 9000V is an access and aggregation router for the intelligent edge. Cisco is tying these edge routers together with a new technology that it is calling Cisco Network Virtualization (nV). This enables Service Providers to manage thousands of ASR 9000vs as though they were a single device, greatly simplifying network operations. The nV technology allows the ASR 9000v to operate as a "virtual distributed line card". Cisco said this enables it to scale to tens of thousands of Gigabit Ethernet ports under a single, managed ASR 9000 system.

    Cisco is also introduced a distributed content caching card for the ASR 9000 series. This module combines compute capabilities with over 3 TB of solid state storage. The idea is store video content in the edge or aggregation router itself, closer to the viewer. Apart from video caching, the integrated service module could support a new generation of applications that require responsive content caching and advanced subscriber management.

Major Telecom and Networking Acquisitions in 2011 So Far (some pending)

2011 Major Networking Acquisitions
(some pending)


Multi-core embedded

collaboration plug-ins 8/29/2011

cloud interconnect for
enterprise apps

Telenor Connexion
M2M tools 8/24/2011

Axioss Software
service fulfillment

mobile group messaging 8/21/2011

policy management for
3G/4G networks

Motorola Mobility
patents, mobile
devices, set-top boxes

acceleration technology
Time Warner Cable

750,000 cable

virtual LAN technology 8/9/2011

national CLEC, 36,700
fiber mile network, 7 DCs
CA Technologies

Saas-based monitoring 7/29/2011

100G Coherent
Lightwave Signal Analyzer

IPG Communications
WCDMA signal
processing technologies

data center and
service provider switching

Zeus and Aptimize
web optimization

Fulcrum Microsystems
10/40 GbE switching
Private Equity

Go Daddy
web registry, hosting 7/1/2011

Nokia's operator branded messaging
white label email and
IM services
Private Equity

managed, virtualized
network services worldwide

wireless testing 6/27/2011

US Cable
16,000 cable customers
in Missouri

antenna technologies 6/17/2011

service fulfillment,
service assurance, OSS

Rapid Bridge
IC design tools 6/10/2011

dense QAM systems 6/2/2011

Mobile Messaging
mobile messaging 5/30/2011

Wi-Fi silicon 5/24/2011

LambdaNet Deutschland
fiber networks in
Germany, Czech and Austria

SiGE Semiconductor
RF front-end chips 5/17/2011

cloud-based IT

Cryptography Research
semiconductor security 5/12/2011
Private Equity

Tollgrade Communications
network assurance

170 million Web voice
Motorola Mobility

SunUp Digital Systems
software for IPTV,
digital cable, DTH

3G/4G baseband

unified threat

traffic management IP
cores for 10/40/100G

SC Square
security software 5/8/2011

Vladivostok's New Telephone
mobile operator in
Russia's Far East

Orange County Internet Xchange
California CLEC 5/5/2011

California CLEC 5/5/2011
Applied Materilas

silicon wafer

Continous Computing
ATCA communication
Aurora Network

cable headend and edge

Nortel Networks patents
Nokia Siemens Networks

Motorola Solutions' Networks assets
WiMAX and LTE products

ALOG Data Centers of Brazil
data centers in Sao
Paolo and Rio

Evolving Number Systems
OSS 4/21/2011
Level 3

Global Crossing
fiber network spanning
3 continents

enhanced mobile

network security
analysis solutions
Texas Instruments

National Semiconductor
analog silicon 4/4/2011

Open Access
network operator on
Long Island

self-service portal

performance management
Motorola Mobility

IPTV software 3/23/2011

T-Mobile USA
nationwide network,
spectrum, 33 million users

LTE Base Station

microwave radio
backhaul silicom

Westell Technologies
Customer Networking
Solutions (CNS) division

adaptive digital media

Nortel's Multiservice Switch
switching platforms
for CDMA networks

LSI's External Storage Business
Engenio external

Hatteras Networks
carrier Ethernet
Private equity


KPN's fiber network in Germany
3600km fiber net in

imaging and video

broadband satellite

Brilliant Telecom
network timing 2/14/2011

Xeta Technologies
communication sales
Time Warner Cable

enterprise cloud
services, 10 data centers

distributed antenna

Pari Networks
net configuration and
change manament tool
Silicon Laboratories

network timing silicon 1/26/2011

voice messaging

Nera Networks
short and longhaul
microwave backhaul

WLAN + cloud services 1/18/2011

Linear Power
telco power solutions 1/13/2011

data center
optimization tools

video sharing software 1/6/2011

audio collaboration 1/4/2011

Cedar Point
VoIP switching

ONE Communications

100G OTN 12/14/2010


OIF Approves 25 Gbps Common Electrical Interface IA

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members approved the Common Electrical I/O (CEI) 3.0 implementation agreement (IA), which defines electrical layer interfaces with signaling rates up to 28 Gbaud/s for next generation systems and are the next evolutionary step beyond the existing CEI IA which addressed signaling rates up to 11.2 Gbaud/s.

The CEI 3.0 electrical layers form the basis of future protocol interfaces developed by the OIF, and were developed in conjunction with the OIF's efforts to address 100 Gbaud/s networks.

“The CEI work is important to the networking industry because it paves the way to second generation 100G systems and even beyond,�? said Klaus-Holger Otto, of Alcatel-Lucent and the OIF's Technical Committee vice chair and CEI author. “Moving forward, these IAs will help to drastically reduce power and increase density of the system internal interconnects and therefore open the way for even higher integrated transmission systems in the near future.�?

CEI 3.0 defines electrical specifications for up to 28 Gbaud/s signaling for chip-to-chip applications and 25 Gbaud/s signaling for backplane applications. The CEI-28G-SR clause supports chip-to-chip interfaces up to 300 mm with one connector. The CEI-25G-LR clause supports backplane interfaces up to 680 mm with two connectors. The CEI-25 project builds on the legacy of previous generations of the CEI effort, which provided electrical signaling solutions in the 5-6 Gbaud/s and 10-11 Gbaud/s ranges.