Sunday, January 8, 2012

Spreadtrum Debuts Single-Chip MultiMode TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/GSM Baseband Modem

Spreadtrum Communications debuted its first TD-LTE baseband modem in 40nm CMOS silicon. The chip integrates multiple communication standards into a single-chip design, including multiband TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM. It achieves downlink speeds of 100 Mbps and uplink speeds of 50 Mbps and supports 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz channels and 2x2 MIMO. The SC9610 is currently progressing through field trials in China in tandem with customer design-in activities. Sampling is underway.

“Our single-chip multi-mode TD-LTE solution is a highly integrated platform specifically designed for the communication standards in use in China,�? said Dr. Leo Li, Spreadtrum’s president and CEO. “We are launching our solution as China Mobile begins more extensive trials domestically. The depth of experience we bring in TD-SCDMA products, combined with our early leadership in China’s 4G network evolution, positions Spreadtrum as a long-term leading provider of multimode baseband solutions.�?

Lantiq Samples System-Level Vectoring Chip

Lantiq announced first customer shipments of its VINAXTM IVE1000 System-Level Vectoring Engine chip.

The company said its new VINAX IVE1000 represents a major milestone for the deployment of vectoring in the field. The chip is an integrated ASSP solution suitable for volume deployment of system-level vectoring solutions supporting up to 384 VDSL2 lines.

The implementation supports full cancellation and partial cancellation of crosstalk in copper bundles. Specifically, Lantiq's VINAX IVE1000 uses advanced signal processing techniques to cancel Far-End Crosstalk (FEXT) between any of the VDSL2 lines in a copper bundle. This enables service providers to achieve 100 Mbps symmetrical and beyond, according to the company.
In addition, Lantiq said its technology enables up to 20% system power savings in a fully-vectored system (compared to non-vectoring) as a result of optimal balancing of transmission power.

The VINAX V3 enables “vectoring ready"? VDSL2 line cards (which support ADSL2/2+ through VDSL2 30MHz standards), requiring only a remote software upgrade when the VINAX IVE1000-based central vectoring card is added at the CO or in a local cabinet. Connected to a vectoring standard-compliant CPE device such as the Lantiq XWAY VRX200, this combination allows the implementation of a complete end-to-end vectoring solution. Lantiq’s XWAY VRX200 CPE device is “vectoring ready" today, as such only a simple software upgrade is necessary for full vectoring functionality.

Lantiq noted that is VINAX Vectoring System is compliant with and is capable of supporting all features defined in ITU G.993.2 (VDSL2), G.993.5 (G.vector) and ITU G.997 (G.ploam). The solution applies to all VDSL2 profiles and supports up to 384 VDSL2 ports by cascading multiple VINAX IVE1000 devices. This high level of scalability, coupled with the compelling features offered by the VINAX V3 chipset, results in a solution that is ideally suited to a wide range of applications such as MDU, MSAN and DSLAM.

Microsoft: Unifying Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360

In his last keynote address at CES, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows 8 is on schedule for delivery later this year. The company's new "Metro" user interface will be the unifying element across Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and tablets. Some highlights of the event:

  • Xbox 360 is first in console sales with more than 66 million worldwide.

  • Xbox LIVE is the biggest social entertainment network in the living room with nearly 40 million Xbox LIVE members.

  • Microsoft has sold over 18 million Kinect controller units so far. Kinect is coming to Windows 8. Microsoft has a host of enterprise customers developing corporate Kinect applications, including United Health Group, Toyota, Telefonica, Mattel, American Express United Health Group, Toyota, Telefonica, Mattel, and American Express. A commercial SDK for Kinect will be released next month.

  • Microsoft's Skype division carried over 300 billion minutes of voice and video traffic last year.

  • Windows Phone has more than 50,000 published apps.

  • Ford has shipped more than 4 million vehicles equipped with Ford Sync powered by Microsoft.

IEEE Approves 1905.1 Draft Standard for Home Networking

The IEEE 1905.1 Working Group has approved the Hybrid Networking (P1905.1) draft standard.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance hailed the approval, saying the approval marks a significant step forward for home networking.

IEEE 1905.1 is a software abstraction layer for unifying wired and wireless home networks. It leverages widely adopted standards, including the IEEE 802.11 standards for Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.3 for Ethernet, IEEE 1901 for Powerline and MoCA for Coaxial Cables. 1905.1’s common interface enables applications and upper layer protocols to be “agnostic�? to the underlying home networking technologies, and data packets can be communicated according to quality of service (QoS) priorities. IEEE 1905.1 also simplifies network setup by providing common procedures for adding devices, establishing secure links and managing the network.

“Consumers want the best of both worlds – the in-home mobility of wireless and the reliability and coverage of wired networks – so creating a single industry standard for hybrid networking is a significant step forward. This will provide the capability for service providers, product manufacturers and retailers to offer more interoperable solutions to customers, reducing the complexity and cost of network installations,�? said Paul HouzĂ© of France Telecom-Orange and chair of the IEEE 1905.1 Working Group.

“Hybrid products that combine Wi-Fi, HomePlug, MoCA or Ethernet technologies are already sold in many retail stores today. The IEEE 1905.1 standard enables seamless communication from one medium to another and is an important step towards mass deployment of hybrid networking products,�? comments Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

IEEE Forms Power Matters Alliance to Pursue Wireless Charging

IEEE will form a new Power Matters Alliance (PMA) dedicated to remaking consumers’ daily interaction with power as wireless, environmentally sound, and smart. The PMA will develop the suite of "Power 2.0" standards covering the entire consumer power ecosystem, such as mobile, computing, in-car, consumer electronics, smart batteries, household power, and power-in-public-places. Additionally, Power 2.0 will enable interaction of software and services with power.

“IEEE has been a leader in the advancement of power since its earliest days, when electricity was just beginning to become a major force in society, to today where we have more than 100 active standards or standards in development specifically related to power,�? said Judith Gorman, managing director, IEEE Standards Association.

Sprint Unveils its First 3 LTE Devices

Sprint unveiled the first 3 devices that will operate on its forthcoming 4G LTE network: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the LG "Viper", and the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot. Pricing and release dates were not disclosed. Approximately 15 4G LTE devices are currently on track to be launched in 2012 including handsets, tablets and data cards. Sprint will continue to sell its WiMAX-based devices.

HTC's Titan II LTE Windows Phone Packs 16MP Camera

HTC introduced its fourth LTE smartphone -- the TITAN II Windows Phone for AT&T.

The HTC TITAN II features a 4.7-inch super LCD capacitive touchscreen display as well as a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button.

The device is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor and a 1,730mAh lithium ion battery .

Pricing was not disclosed.

Nokia Lumia 900 LTE Coming to AT&T

Nokia unveiled its latest Lumia 900 LTE Windows phone -- built exclusively for AT&T and promising data downloads of up to 50 Mbps on the carrier's LTE network and up to 21 Mbps on the HSPA+ network.

The Nokia Lumia 900 boasts a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display and is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055 + MDM9200. It runs Windows Phone Release 7.5 – Mango Commercial Release 2 (Mango + LTE).

Pricing was not announced.

Juniper Cuts Q4 2011 Guidance -- Weak SP Router Sales

Citing weaker router sales to service providers, especially U.S. operators, Juniper Networks pre-announced lower than expectations results for Q4 2011.

Juniper now expects Q4 2011 revenue to be in the range of $1,110 to $1,120 million, compared to the company's prior expectation of $1,160 to $1,220 million. Non-GAAP EPS is now expected to be in the range of $0.26 to $0.28 per diluted share, compared to the company's prior expectation of $0.32 to $0.36. In addition, product book-to-bill was approximately 1.

"2011 was a record year of revenue for Juniper, even though our fourth quarter revenue was weaker than expected due to service provider demand," said Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "We remain committed to our strategy of innovation in high-performance networking as we continue to manage costs and drive excellence in execution."

Full results are expected after the market close on January 26, 2012.

CES: AT&T Unveils 6 Android LTE Devices

At the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph de la Vega unveiled five smartphones and one tablet powered by 4G LTE and the Android platform. These include:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note -- features a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1280x800) a uniques "S Pen" input device.

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD -- features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for ultra-smooth game play and video playback.

  • Samsung Exhilarate -- constructed from 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials and features eco modes and tools such as an Eco calendar and calculator. The Exhilarate also boasts a four-inch touchscreen Super AMOLED display, front and rear facing cameras, voice recognition and access to AT&T U-verse Live TV.

  • Pantech Element -- a $299.99 LTE Android tablet (with a two-year contract), it is also waterproof. It features an 8-inch display, front and rear-facing cameras, and a rich web experience with full HTML and PC-like tabbed browsing.

  • Pantech Burst -- features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display -- it will be offered for just $49.99 with a two-year contract.

AT&T will be the first carrier to offer Sony’s first-ever 4G LTE smartphone and first smartphone to be sold under the Sony brand in the U.S.

In addition, Nokia confirmed that it will offer its first LTE-enable smartphone in North America on the AT&T network. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer also made an appearance at the AT&T keynote to promote forthcoming LTE-enabled Windows phones.

TE SubCom Upgrades 9,500km Trans-Pacific Cable to 40G

TE SubCom has completed the first 40G upgrade in an undersea cable system more than 9,500km in length. The upgrade increased the existing cable system’s capacity by 22 x 40G.

"Completing the first long-haul system upgrade from 10G to 40G highlights our advanced capabilities and commitment to providing the highest density cable systems being built. Further, the project is an important step forward for the industry, as it sets a new standard for upgrading existing subsea cable systems and paves the way for moving toward 100G achievements," stated David Coughlan, CEO of TE SubCom.

AT&T Offers M2M Application Platform powered by Axeda

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Axeda covering its cloud-based, M2M Application Development software platform.

The AT&T M2M Application Platform powered by Axeda includes:

  • The Axeda Platform, which allows developers to build and manage applications for almost any type of connected device in a highly secure environment and includes a framework to integrate M2M data with ERP/CRM business systems.

  • Axeda Connected Product Management Applications enable users to remotely access and service connected products, distribute software and content, and manage usage and configuration data.

  • M2M connectivity to link a company’s assets to applications created on the Axeda Platform, using the customer’s choices of communication methods (Internet, WiFi, and the AT&T network).

  • Cloud services for deploying and scaling applications, practically eliminating the need for investment in back-end server hardware and infrastructure.

The announcement was made at the AT&T Developer Summit at CES in Las Vegas.
  • Axeda is based in Foxboro, MA.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sierra Wireless Launches 4G LTE AirLink Rugged Gateway

Sierra Wireless introduced its AirLink GX440 4G LTE rugged wireless gateway for applications such as high-quality wireless video surveillance, multi-data-stream wireless connections to branch locations, or mobile office applications for public safety and field service activities.

Verizon Wireless has certified the product for use on its LTE network.

Sierra Wireless introduced a 3G version of the AirLink GX440 gateway last year, featuring an ARM 11-class microprocessor architecture with high-capacity DDR memory, as well as IPSec security.

Acer Intros its Own "AcerCloud"

At CES, Acer is introducing its own consumer cloud service to automatically syncing photos and documents between smartphones, laptops and tablets.

The upcoming service, dubbed "AcerCloud", appears to match Apple's iCloud service with nearly identical functionality and service.

AcerCloud will be bundled on all Acer consumer PCs starting Q2 2012. It will support all Android devices, while future support is planned for Windows-based devices. The service will be available in America, Europe, Asia and China.

Fusion-io Breaks the One Billion IOPs Threshold

Fusion-io, which specializes in next generation storage memory, announced a significant milestone: one billion input and output operations per second (IOPS). A public demo showed eight HP ProLiant DL370 servers, each equipped with eight ioDrive2 Duos, breaking the one billion IOP barrier when transferring 64 byte data packets.

"Rethinking how to provide powerful modern CPUs with the data they need through sophisticated software architectures has enabled us to deliver the ultra low latency performance needed to achieve one billion IOPS with existing hardware and Fusion ioMemory solutions," said David Flynn, Fusion-io Chairman and CEO.

"Breaking the one billion IOPS barrier is certainly a powerful way to demonstrate our ioMemory architecture. As an engineer, what really excites me about extensions to our core technology such as ACM are the possibilities introduced when flash is utilized as a new memory tier," said Steve Wozniak, Fusion-io Chief Scientist. "Instead of treating flash like storage, where data passes through all of the OS kernel subsystems that were built and optimized for traditional storage, our core ioMemory technology offers a platform with new programming primitives that can provide system and application developers direct access to non-volatile memory."

Ford Opens Silicon Valley R&D Lab

Ford Research and Innovation announced plans to open a new Silicon Valley lab in the first quarter. The R&D center is expected to help Ford keep pace with consumer trends as it "aggressively prepares for the future by developing mobility solutions to harness the power of seamless connectivity, cloud computing and clean technology."

Marvell Announces Native PCIe SSD Controller

Marvell announced volume availability of native PCIe SSD controller .

The new Marvell 88NV9145 controller supports a PCIe 2.0 x1 interface, ARM-based processor, external Double Data Rate (DDR) interface and four NAND flash channels with up to four Chip Selects (CSs) per channel. In addition, each 88NV9145 can support up to 128GB NAND capacity and has been tested to achieve up to 93,000 4K random read IOPS and 70,000 4K random write IOPS.

"Marvell is raising the bar in data storage by bringing to market the first incrementally scalable, native PCIe-to-NAND technology at a critical time when rapid data growth in public and private clouds is chronically reducing the performance of enterprise applications," said Alan Armstrong, vice president of Marketing for the Storage Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

Motorola Mobility Sees Q4 Sales of $3.4 billion

Motorola Mobility updated its financial guidance for Q4 2011, saying it now estimates sales of $3.4 billion with modest profitability on a non-GAAP basis. These estimates include shipments of approximately 10.5 million mobile devices, of which approximately 5.3 million were smartphones. The company said its Q4 results were impacted by the increased competitive environment in the Mobile Device business and higher legal costs associated with ongoing Intellectual Property (IP) litigations. The company estimates sales of $900 million for the Home business in the fourth-quarter. Full results are expected on January 26, 2012.

Fujitsu Develops LTE Femtocell

Fujitsu introduced its BroadOne LTE Femtocell, a compact indoor base station that leverages existing broadband connections for the backhaul.

Fujitsu's BroadOne LTE Femtocell supports up to eight simultaneous LTE users. It features interference control technology that reduces signal interference between outdoor macrocell base stations and the femtocell.

Fujitsu said its interference mitigation approach means that mobile operators will not have to make adjustments to the outdoor macrocell base stations. In addition, the BroadOne LTE Femtocell allows for seamless switching between LTE and Wi-Fi.

Fujitsu will be showcasing the product at International CES and Mobile World Congress.

The company aims to sell 1 million units by the end of FY2015.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SK Telecom Implements HetNet Integration for 3G + LTE + Wi-Fi

SK Telecom is implementing Heterogeneous Network Integration technology that enables simultaneous use of different types of networks including 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi.

The technology seamlessly integrates two heterogeneous networks -- i.e. 3G and Wi-Fi, or LTE and Wi-Fi -- to provide a unified data service, the speed of which is the sum of two network speeds.

SK Telecom, which claims to be the first carrier in the world to implement this technology, said it is able to deliver up to 100 Mbps.

SK Telecom plans to implement this solution to enable simultaneous use of 3G and Wi-Fi networks in the second quarter of 2012 to realize a theoretical maximum speed of 60 Mbps service and begin LTE and Wi-Fi integrated service in 2013 to offer a 100 Mbps ultra-high speed wireless Internet service.

The first smartphone supporting Heterogeneous Network Integration technology is expected to become available this year. SK Telecom expects to apply the technology to all its handsets to be launched in 2013, after conducting an analysis of consumer responses and a study on the data distribution effect.

SK Telecom also said it will push for standardization of Heterogeneous Network Integration technolgy through 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T).

SK Telecom plans to demo this technology at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2012 next month in Barcelona.