Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Actelis Supplies EFM to Harzwasserwerke GmbH

Harzwasserwerke GmbH has selected Actelis Networks' high-performance Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) solutions to replace legacy Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and outdated E1 technology. The water utility has deployed Actelis’ ML600s Ethernet Access Devices (EADs), which deliver high-speed broadband services over the company’s existing copper and fiber networks. The compact, cost-effective EADs deliver up to 100Mbps of symmetrical bandwidth over the existing copper network.

Harzwasserwerke is one of the largest suppliers of water in Germany, delivering about90 billion litres of water annually over a system of more than 500km of pipeline. The distribution system consists of several substations and sophisticated sensors that are constantly monitoring the pipeline and communication with a centralized data center.

Partnering with Actelis on the project, 3M Services GmbH is responsible for delivering a complete end-to-end network solution.http://

Ciena Posts Revenue of $416.7M, Net Loss of $48M

Ciena reported revenue of $416.7 million for its fiscal first quarter 2012. Net loss for the fiscal first quarter 2012 was $(47.7) million, or $(0.49) per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(79.1) million, or $(0.84) per common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2011.

"Our first quarter revenue reflects the combined effects of seasonality and longer customer deployment and revenue recognition cycles as a result of our greater mix of international and solutions-oriented sales," said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "However, our first quarter revenue does not reflect the underlying strength of the business and ongoing customer demand. We expect sequential revenue growth in the fiscal second quarter, and we anticipate that our operating results for the second half of fiscal 2012 will be stronger than the first half."http://

IBM Labs Develops "Holey" CMOS Optochip Hits Terabit Rates

Researchers at IBM Labs have achieved terabit data transfer speeds by fabricating tiny holes in a single quarter-inch parallel optochip. Potential applications include ultra-high interconnect bandwidth to power future supercomputer and data center applications.

The prototype optical chipset, dubbed "Holey Optochip", is the first parallel optical transceiver to hit the terabit mark.

"Reaching the one trillion bit per second mark with the Holey Optochip marks IBM's latest milestone to develop chip-scale transceivers that can handle the volume of traffic in the era of big data," said IBM Researcher Clint Schow, part of the team that built the prototype. "We have been actively pursuing higher levels of integration, power efficiency and performance for all the optical components through packaging and circuit innovations. We aim to improve on the technology for commercialization in the next decade with the collaboration of manufacturing partners."

According to IBM, the 48 holes which were fabricated through a standard silicon CMOS chip, allow optical access through the back of the chip to 24 receiver and 24 transmitter channels to produce an ultra-compact, high-performing and power-efficient optical module capable of record setting data transfer rates. The Holey Optochip achieves record speed at a power efficiency (the amount of power required to transmit a bit of information) that is among the best ever reported. The transceiver consumes less than five watts; the power consumed by a 100W light bulb could power 20 transceivers. This progress in power efficient interconnects is necessary to allow companies who adopt high-performance computing to manage their energy load while performing powerful applications such as analytics, data modeling and forecasting.

Specifically, a single 90-nanometer IBM CMOS transceiver IC with 24 receiver and 24 transmitter circuits becomes a Holey Optochip with the fabrication of forty-eight through-silicon holes, or "optical vias" – one for each transmitter and receiver channel. Twenty-four channel, industry-standard 850-nm VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser) and photodiode arrays are directly flip-chip soldered to the Optochip.

NTT Announces 10 Gbps Optical Amplification with 100km Reach

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) announced a new optical amplification technology capable of delivering 10 Gbps at 100km reach. The technology was developed in collaboration with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories said the new optical amplification technology provides inexpensive wide dynamic range optical amplifiers and can handle burst signals generated in Ethernet PON systems. The optical amplification technology includes an automatic level control (ALC) technology that can assess the input burst signals and, at high speed, adjust them to a constant level by controlling optical attenuators.

In a field trial carried out in Hokkaido prefecture, NTT East buildings in Sapporo, Toyohira, Eniwa and Chitose were connected by optical fibers with total length over 100km. Good results were reported.

Apple's New iPad Packs LTE

In what could be a major inflection point for adoption of LTE, Apple confirmed that its new iPad will offer LTE. In the United States, both AT&T and Verizon are offering LTE iPad connectivity, however the user must choose at the time of purchase as the devices are configured for each carrier's network.

Significantly, iPad users will be able to sign-up and leave the service on a monthly basis -- no long term contract. The new iPad also tracks your monthly data usage and alerts you to a coming threshold.

If the carrier supports it, the iPad can now be used as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to five devices.

Among its other upgraded features, the new iPad also records in full 1080p. The huge video files will be uploaded via iCloud for offline storage and/or transfer to other devices.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.

Stanford's Dr. Per Enge Joins Polaris Wireless

Polaris Wireless, which specializes in high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions,has appointed Per K. Enge, Ph.D, as its chief technical advisor.

Dr. Enge is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Kleiner-Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professor in the School of Engineering. He directs the GPS Research Laboratory, which develops satellite navigation systems based on the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Dr. Enge is co-author of the textbook "Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance" which is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to GPS and has received the Kepler, Thurlow and Burka Awards from the Institute of Navigation (ION) for his work.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Oclaro and Huawei Collaborate on Petabit Photonic Cross Connect

Oclaro has supplied ultra-fast switching lasers to Huawei for development of its Petabit Photonic Cross-Connect (PPXC), which performs petabit OTN switching with fine granularity.

The companies said agile and ultra-large capacity OTN switching is a promising technology for future optical networks.

"Fast tunable lasers have great potential in Huawei's future optical network architectures and we are excited to see that Oclaro has successfully developed this enabling laser system with nanosecond tuning time," said Changtian Cai, President of Huawei Transport Network. "We believe that all-optical cross connect technology will give an unparalleled advantage to ultra large capacity OTN switch clusters of future transport backbone networks, large data centers and other application scenarios and by partnering with a proven technology and manufacturing leader such as Oclaro, we can bring higher performance network equipment into our customers."http://www.oclaro.com

Calient Introduces 320-Port Photonic Switch

CALIENT Technologies introduced a new 320-port photonic switch designed for data center applications.

The new S320, which leverages the company's patented 3D microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switching technology, can be used to create a scalable, flexible, switched network fabric, with total throughput of 3.2 TB that connects top-of-rack switches and core routers.

CALIENT’s enabling technology is a three-dimensional array of silicon micro mirrors that are used to switch up to 320 incoming fiber optic signals from any port to any output port. The module delivers switching speed of less than 25 milliseconds, and offers redundant control processors and high availability Linux OS carrier-grade OS.

Intel Unwraps New Xeon Processors for the Data Center

Intel unveiled its Xeon processor E5-2600 product family aimed at high-performance servers supporting cloud applications in next-gen data centers.

Highlights of the Xeon E5-2600s include:

Up to eight cores per processor

Up to 768GB of system memory

Increased performance by up to 80 percent, compared to the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series.

Support for Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology

Support for Intel Advanced Vector Extension (Intel AVX), which increases the performance on compute-intensive applications such as financial analysis, media content creation and high performance computing up to 2 times.

Support for tools to monitor and control power usage such as Intel Node Manager and Intel Data Center Manager, which provide accurate, real-time power and thermal data to system management consoles.

Support for Intel Integrated I/O (Intel IIO) and Intel Data Direct I/O (Intel DDIO). Intel DDIO allows Intel Ethernet controllers and adapters to route I/O traffic directly to processor cache, reducing trips to system memory reducing power consumption and I/O latency. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is also the first server processors to integrate the I/O controller supporting PCI Express 3.0 directly into the microprocessor.

Support for Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (Intel AES-NI14), which helps systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data running over a range of applications and transactions.

Support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT15), which creates a trusted foundation to reduce the infrastructure exposure to malicious attacks. These features in partnership with leading software applications will help IT protect their data centers against attack and scale to meet the demands of their customers.

Huawei Shows 400G and Peta-bit Cross-Connect

At this week's OFC/NFOEC 2012 Conference in Los Angeles, Huawei is showcasing ultra long-haul (UHL) 100G optical transport, next gen 400G, and its Petabit Cross-Connect technology.

Some highlights:

100G Coherent Solutions with Hard-Decision Forward Error Correction (HD-FEC) and improved performance Soft-Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) for high-capacity, Ultra Long-Haul (ULH) applications;
Next-generation 400G technology providing a sneak-peek at what is on the horizon for improving spectral efficiency by unlocking higher bit-rate capacities beyond 100G;

Petabit/s Photonic Cross-Connect (PPXC) technology utilizing a scalable, high-capacity switching architecture for management of 100G+ wavelengths at large add/drop sites of the future.

Following its successful ULH transmission of 100G coherent solutions across 3,000km of Corning SMF-28 ULL optical fiber (an ultra-low-loss ITU-T G.652-compliant optical fiber) in the fall of 2011, Huawei is demonstrating its second-generation 100G solution, a single wavelength, Optical Interoperability Forum (OIF) compliant technology utilizing SD-FEC which improves 100G system reach up to 30 percent.

Huawei is also highlighting its first-generation 400G technology utilizing Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Polarization Division Multiplexing-16 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (PDM-16QAM), enabling up to 16 Tbps of capacity at 100 GHz spacing or 21 Tbps of fiber capacity by removing guard bands with flex-grid technology.

Verizon Launches Residential Broadband over LTE

Verizon Wireless introduced HomeFusion Broadband: a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access over its 4G LTE network. Verizon believes the service will appeal in areas with limited broadband options.

The LTE connection is delivered to a cylinder-shaped antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home. The antenna is professionally installed at the customer's home. The design includes multiple internal antennae allowing the device to pick up Verizon's 4G LTE signal. The broadband router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi.

HomeFusion Broadband will be available beginning later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow. Verizon Wireless is working with Asurion, a trusted leader in consumer technology protection services, for installation.

Customers can choose several usage-based plans, beginning at $59.99 monthly access for 10 GB, specifically designed for HomeFusion Broadband. A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies, and installation is free.

"HomeFusion Broadband is just one of the new products and services that is made possible with our 4G LTE network," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. "Customers want to connect more and more devices in their homes to the Internet, and HomeFusion Broadband gives them a simple, fast and effective way to bring the most advanced wireless connection from Verizon into their homes."http://

NSN to Transfer Some Assets to Tieto

Tieto and Nokia Siemens Networks announced a deal on the planned outsourcing of part of the maintenance, technical support and R&D for Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile network Operations Support System (OSS) and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) activities in Finland. As part of the planned outsourcing, approximately 240 employees who are working primarily in R&D in Tampere and Espoo will also transfer to Tieto as existing employees. The planned transaction will strengthen Tieto’s position as an outsourcing provider of both R&D and IT services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FBI Makes Key Arrests in LulzSec Case

Five computer hackers in the United States and abroad were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from computer hacking conspiracy, fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and other offenses. Those arrested include principle members of "Anonymous" and "LulzSec".

In addition, Hector Xavier Monsegur, also know as "Sabu", "Xavier DeLeon", or "Leon", pled guilty on August 15, 2011 in U.S. District Court to a 12-count information charging him with computer hacking conspiracies and other crimes. His testimony is believed to have led to the arrest of the other members of LulzSec.

Between December 2010 and June 2011, LulzSec claimed responsibility for a series of brazen cyber attacks, including denial of service (Do�?) attacks against the websites of Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, as retaliation for the refusal of these companies to process donations to Wikileaks, as well as hacks or DoS attacks on foreign government computer systems. Since then, the attacks have continued under other representations.

Alcatel-Lucent Pushes Ahead to 400 Gbps

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its Photonic Service Engine (PSE), a new chip for coherent optical networking that supports data rates of 400 Gbps.

The new chip, which is being demonstrated at this week's OFC/NFOEC Conference in Los Angeles, brings substantial improvements to 100G optical coherent networks while laying the foundation for 400 Gbps line rates. The faster silicon enables far superior processing for a number of key optical functions, including coherent Tx and Rx, ultra-fast ADC/DAC, more complex modulation schemes, and new soft decision forward error correction (FEC).

Alcatel-Lucent said its 400G PSE chip can be deployed in a broad range of network configurations - from metro to regional to ultra-long haul - and transmit wavelengths over existing or new photonic lines. It is designed specifically for use in a family of line cards in the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). Specifically, the company is planning to use the PSE in a 100G muxponder card, a 100G transponder and a 100G backplane uplink. Alcatel-Lucent is also pushing ahead with a 400G line card for the 1830 Photonic Service Switch.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its PSE was the enabling technology behind a record breaking optical transmission test performed by Deutsche Telecom’s Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs).
  • In June 2011, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its 400 Gbps, "FP3" network processor for enabling the full stack of services over IP routers. The FP3 processor, which is scheduled to appear in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012, supports 400 Gbps line rates, sufficient for handling 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams. It leverages 40nm process technology and represents the evolution of the company's 100 Gbps FP2 silicon, which was introduced in 2008 using 90nm process technology. It packs 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz. This compares with 112 cores at 840 MHz in the previous generation FP2 device. The new design uses 50% less power per bit than its predecessor.

    Alcatel-Lucent describes the FP3 as an engineering achievement that will anchor the next wave in bandwidth-intensive Internet growth. In particular, the new silicon enables high densities of 10G, 40G and 100G ports on a single card. The plan is to deliver FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR and 7450 ESS platforms in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE configurations in 2012. However, the flexibility of the design paves the way for other configurations, including 4x100G cards or native 400G interfaces. It also opens the door to scale routers with terabit class slots.

    The FP3 also breaks new ground in that it enables the same full-services intelligence for core routers as has previously been possible at the metro or edge router.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Juniper and NSN Partner on Packet Transport Networking

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks are teaming up to offer an "Integrated Packet Transport Network" solution to help simplify carrier architecture by integrating multiple layers. The solution is comprised of the Juniper Networks PTX Packet Transport Switches and the Nokia Siemens Networks hiT 7300 high capacity optical packet transport platform, thereby integrating the IP/MPLS and DWDM layers with a common control plane.

At this week's OFC/NFOEC Conference, Juniper Networks will showcase the PTX 100G LH transponders interworking with the hiT7300 platform. The integration aims to reduce the amount of hardware needed in the network and hence lower both capital and operational costs. The planned feature set includes: network management integration, including service provisioning, optical transport control plane integration based on GMPLS and UNI+, end-to-end network planning for guaranteed performance and SLAs, and L0-L3 multi-layer optimization.

The packet layer of the solution is based on Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switches, a portfolio of high-performance platforms optimized for MPLS and Ethernet. The PTX Series is a Label Switched Router for the service provider supercore optimized for capacity and efficiency.

Nokia Siemens Networks hiT 7300 at the optical layer is a 96-channel optical packet transport platform that is optimized for high-capacity transport in multi-haul networks. It is designed and optimized for bit rates from 2.5 Gbps to 100 Gbps per wavelength, and is 400 Gbps ready.

"The new solution fits perfectly into our Liquid Net approach. Networks need to transform to be able to cope with unpredictability and ever increasing capacity demand. The 'Integrated Packet Transport Network' solution will give operators more flexibility in their transport networks, while at the same time optimizing total cost of ownership," stated Uwe Fischer, head of optical networks product management, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Opnext Ships QSFP+ 40GBASE-LR4 Transceiver

Opnext has begun commercial shipments of its QSFP+ 40GBASE-LR4 transceiver for data center and enterprise networks.

Opnext said its QSFP+ 40GBASE-LR4 transceiver offers up to 100 times the reach of current QSFP+ SR4 solutions while improving on industry metrics as compared to the CFP form factor—power consumption is reduced by more than 50 percent and almost 80 percent less faceplate surface area is occupied.

"QSFP+ is emerging as the standard for 40GbE. Adding the QSFP+ 40GBASE-LR4 product offering to our portfolio enables substantially higher port density and significantly lower power consumption for our customers," said Rich Zoccolillo, President of Opnext's pluggables business unit. "With the QSFP+ 40GBASE-LR4 transceiver, Opnext is introducing a low cost integration and packaging technology for multiple long reach DFB lasers—all inside a module no larger than a pack of gum."http://

Ericsson Conducts 400Gbps Field Trial in Spain

Ericsson announced the deployment of 400 Gbps optical transmission technology in a field trial using Telef√≥nica’s existing network in Spain. At this week's OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles, Ericsson is demonstrating 1 Tbps optical transmission in partnership with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and CNIT, Italy’s national consortium for telecommunicationshttp://www.ericsson.com

Broadcom Intros Dual, Quad, and Octal 10GbE and 40GbE PHYs

Broadcom has added four new physical layer transceivers (PHYs) to its portfolio of 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40GbE high-speed Ethernet products for optical fiber communications. The new SFP+ physical layer transceivers (PHYs) include a variety of dual, quad and octal-channel devices for data center and enterprise networks, enabling the transition from 1GbE to 10GbE and 40GbE, and are based on advanced 40nm CMOS architecture. All four devices feature Broadcom's fourth generation of EDC technology, enabling data transmission on a 10GbE or 40GbE serial interface. This feature is ideal for applications requiring transmission over multimode fiber (MMF) at distances up to 300m (LRM) using OM3 fiber and SFP+ copper twin-axial cable (CR). Sampling is underway.

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